INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - It was only a matter of time before the offers began to roll in for junior small forward Kyle Ahrens. The talented 6-foot 5 wing played well during the spring and summer for the King James Shooting Stars, and schools have taken notice.
"I have offers from Butler, Wright State, Kent State, Toledo, Miami (OH), Dayton, Boston College, Iowa, Xavier, and Michigan State", Ahrens said. "Then a few that have shown interest like Ohio State recently and then Vanderbilt. They haven't said anything really about an offer. Also Michigan said they are going to wait."
While the interest continues to pour in, Ahrens has a group of schools that stand out above the rest.
Currently ranked as the #24 small forward in the class of 2015. and a 3-star prospect, Ahrens has spent time visiting many of the schools that have shown interest.
"I have visited Xavier, Michigan State, Ohio State, Dayton, and Butler," Ahrens said. "Also I have visited Wright State and Miami (OH). before."
Ahrens most recently visited Butler, where he picked up his latest offer.
"I went and watched practice for a while," Ahrens explained. "I had already visited there earlier this year so they showed me the dorms that they hadn't shown me yet and that was pretty much it. We also sat down with the coaches for a little bit."
When Ahrens had a chance to talk with head coach Brandon Miller he was impressed with what he saw from the first year head coach. Not only did he get to see them practice, but he sat down with the coaches and that is when coach Miller pulled the trigger.
"That's when Coach Miller offered," Ahrens said. "I really like him. I like how he coaches."
Butler is also recruiting a couple of Ahrens' AAU teammates in center Nate Fowler and shooting guard Luke Kennard. Ahrens is very close with those two and they have talked about potentially teaming up at the next level.
"We have (talked about it)," Ahrens said. "Me and Luke have and then Me and Nate have. I love playing with them. We work out during the AAU season, us three, quite a bit together, because we are close together. Sometimes with AJ (Harris) as well. We are just all close together."
While it is early in the process still for Ahrens, he does have a plan for when he would like to make his decision.
"I'm going to wait another year until after AAU season," Ahrens explained. "During AAU I'll start narrowing it down pretty well and then after AAU season I'll probably commit."
After making a lot of visits this summer, Ahrens doesn't have any visits planned for this fall but he would like to see a few games. Right now he wants to focus on his upcoming junior season at Versailles (OH) High School and getting back to the Division 3 title game. The Tigers finished last season 23-6, but lost in the state title game to Ottawa-Glandorf (26-3) 67-46.
"We have four of our five starters coming back," Ahrens said. "We made it to the state finals last season. We lost there and we are looking for that this year."
Ahrens and Versailles kick off their season versus Celina (OH) High School on November 30th.