Canton-Galva's Tyson Struber looking forward to Kansas State football career

Canton-Galva senior looks forward to joining Wildcats in 2022

Arne Green
Salina Journal
Canton-Galva senior wide receiver Tyson Struber, who has committed to Kansas State, goes through a pass-catching drill Monday during the Sharp Performance Top Prospect camp Monday at Graves Family Sports Complex.

Tyson Struber had nothing to prove Monday morning for the Sharp Performance Top Prospects Camp at Graves Family Sports Complex.

It was all about improving his game — and perhaps solidifying his position as one of Kansas' top high school football prospects.

"I'm kind of looking to fine-tune my craft and get better at small things that are going to pay dividends at the next level," said Struber, an all-state wide receiver from Canton-Galva High School who already has committed to Kansas State for 2022. "Just try to get better every day. That's what the summer is for."

Struber was one of about 150 prep standouts invited to the three-hour camp and media day at Kansas Wesleyan. Because it took place during a dead period, NCAA coaches were prohibited from in-person contact or evaluation sessions with potential recruits.

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Struber made it clear that he was not trying to impress other recruiters anyway, that he is firmly committed to K-State.

Canton-Galva's Tyson Struber returns a kick during a playoff game against Madison. Struber committed to Kansas State on Saturday.

"I'm all set," he said with a smile.

Struber, who helped lead Canton-Galva to the Eight-Man I state championship in 2019 and to the state quarterfinals last year, was an exception among the Class of 2022 campers already committed. Jake Sharp, the former Kansas and Salina Central High School standout whose company put on the event, said all the players invited were rated as potential Division II prospects or above.

While most of the players have yet to make a college decision, Struber committed to K-State last December after receiving an offer in June 2020. Although he waited six months to pull the trigger, there was never much doubt in his mind.

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"I was mainly wanting to get through the high school season and focus on that," said Struber, who also received an offer from Kansas. "I liked the family aspect and they've always been a favorite team, growing up in a K-State family.

"So I kind of knew deep down that's where I wanted to be."

Canton-Galva's Tyson Struber

Connecting with the K-State coaches was critical for Struber in a recruiting cycle that was entirely virtual with no campus visits or in-person contact, thanks to COVID-19 restrictions. Struber did attend one Wildcat game with his family last fall, strictly as a fan.

"It was stressful at the time," said Struber, who was left to work out on his own last summer with no camps available. That ended this month, when schools were again allowed to conduct campus visits.

With restrictions lifted at the start of this month, Struber finally got to get on campus and also attended K-State's camp.

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"I went on an unofficial visit at the beginning of June and that was really nice to see the campus, meet the coaches and talk to everybody," he said. "I was kind of scared that it was all going to be virtual, but finally getting up there was really exciting, to finally meet everybody.

"It definitely answered questions I didn't even know I had."

K-State recruited Struber as a wide receiver and safety, and he was equally productive on both sides of the ball last year. As a junior he caught 58 passes for 810 yards and 12 touchdowns, plus rushed 52 times for 294 yards and seven scores, while recording 102 tackles with 10 interceptions on defense.

Canton-Galva's Tyson Struber picked up offers from Kansas and Kansas State last week.

Struber has the size and speed to play at the Division I level at 6-foot-2, 195 pounds with a hand-timed 4.4-second 40-yard dash. The biggest challenge will be switching to 11-man football after playing eight-man his entire high school career.

"It's going to be a learning curve," he said. "I'll definitely start trying to adjust once my senior season ends and learn the 11-man game."

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Dad time for coaches

While the NCAA is currently in a dead period for coaches to have personal contact with recruits, that didn't keep K-State coach Chris Klieman from attending Monday's camp — as a parent. His son Colby, a senior safety at Manhattan High School, was one of the players invited to the event.

Other Big 12 coaches in attendance to watch their sons were Oklahoma State assistant and former Wildcat Joe Bob Clements and new Kansas offensive line coach Scott Fuchs.