They say the lifeblood of any program is it's recruiting and COach Bill Snyder and staff have been busy identifying those players this staff feels will help build the strong tradition of Kansas State Football.
Kyron Minter, a junior linebacker prospect from Crowley High School in the Forth Worth area, was on hand to watch the thrilling Kansas State quadruple overtime win against exiting Big 12-rival, Texas A&M. Minter's first visit to "The Little Apple" left a big impression.
"It was pretty nice," said Kyron Minter. "It gave me a chance to see what it looks like to play at the next level. To have a chance to watch the players in person and everything they try to defensively was definitely a great experience for me to have, although it was somewhat humbling. I filled out a questionnaire and will be sending in highlights from the season."
The Crowley Eagles missed the playoffs with a 3-7 record. The team made the playoffs in 2010, Minter's first as a starter on varsity, but struggled this season replacing many of the graduated starters.
"It was a subpar season," said Minter. "We were young with 19 junior and three sophomore starters. I think I had an I did OK. I played the 'Mike'-linebacker spot and sometimes on the outside. This year I got better with my reads. Having a better feel for the game with experience has helped me develop a nose for the football."
Minter has received recruiting attention from both Texas A&M and Kansas State thus far. After seeing some Division 1 players in person he knows increasing his size is very beneficial when coaches make their evaluations.
"Kansas State is the school I've received the most letters from," said Minter. "I don't know what you call them, but it's like a ‘check-up' letter. I played varsity basketball last year, but I'm not going to do that this time around. My focus is going to be on getting bigger in the weight room and helping my team get better."
Minter speaks strongly on team unity. If he's able to extend his football career past high school, finding a team with chemistry is his ideal choice.
"I'd like to have my teammates and coaches as kind of a family away from home," Minter said. "I want to play for a coach who graduates his players. He should instill focus on the academic side and the sports side of college equally. I'd be there to play football, but also to receive a quality education."
The coaches at Crowley plan to mix things up a bit after this year's losing record. On defense they are hoping to install a 4-2-5 with Minter moving to play free safety. He says he's fine with the move.
"You get to roam the field freely without getting blocked and make plays," Minter said on his new position. "That sounds good to me. We're going to be way better too. It's going to be fun."
Minter has a 4.52 best time in the 40-yard dash. He wears No. 14 for the Eagles who play in Texas District 7-4A.