Wood Recovering and Ready to Sign

Conway Springs defensive end Tanner Wood hasn't had the off-season he expected. After a shoulder injury required surgery, the four-star prospect has focused on his recovery with an eye on National Signing Day. Go Inside for the latest on the Kansas State commit…

Tanner Wood is still working hard.

After simply dominating on both offense and defense for Conway Springs (KS) High School, one would think the four-star defensive end prospect would have earned some time to relax. With 2,709 rushing yards, 45 total touchdowns, 106 tackles, and 9 Tackles For Loss, the 6-foot-5, 240-pound senior had every reason to be tired.

After an injury in his final high school game against Garden Plain required surgery, the off-season has pushed the Kansas State commit even harder.

"Everything has been going really well," the all-state honoree said of his rehabilitation. "I tore my labrum 270 degrees. I had a tear for a while, then I just tore it more in our last game."

The shoulder labrum is a cuff of cartilage that holds the humerus, the bone of the upper arm, in the shoulder socket, allowing it to move smoothly within the joint. Tearing the labrum impacts how the bones are held in place, sacrificing the stability of the shoulder.

"They've said around April or May, that's when I will be 100% for contact and everything," Wood said, clearly excited. "I've been ahead of schedule getting the rotation back, and I'm already on the strength building."

Wood committed to Coach Bill Snyder in July of 2011, some nineteen months before he will put his name on the dotted line on National Signing Day. But despite growing up in the heart of Wildcat Country, there likely won't be much fanfare when he faxes his Letter of Intent to Manhattan.

"I don't think they're going to make a big deal out of it, maybe a conference room with a coach and a few other people," Wood said of the likely scene on February 6th.

"I'm really excited. I've kind of been waiting on it for a while."

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