Kansas State Football

Another signing day has come and gone and Bill Snyder’s gaggle of recruits seem to have underwhelmed all of the professional recruiting evaluators across various outlets. This should not come as a surprise. During my time as a fan I don’t remember a top 25 recruiting class. I do, however, remember two Big 12 titles and that’s the true measure of success.

Yes, those blue-bloods of Alabama, LSU, Ohio State, Florida State, Florida, Georgia, USC, etc. all seem to have found their way to the top once again. Poor ol’ Kansas State would seem to be on the downward spiral out of relevance with another class in the bottom half of the Big 12.

While other schools, recruiters and evaluators are extremely concerned with measurables, Bill Snyder is more concerned with something that can’t be listed next to a 40 time or height and weight.

“Commitment is a major, major word.”

Bill wants guys that want to be here. That want to work hard to become a better athlete, student and man.

“You define yourself over a period of time and that is what each recruiting class has to do. It is our belief that they are quality young people and quality young players.”

So you go out and get some guys that are committed to the program and that seem to be quality citizens and you put them in a locker room filled with 100 other committed, quality citizens and you build a cohesive team that is working hard and holding each other accountable. You preach the 16 goals at every opportunity and keep them focused on what is important, winning.

Bill looks at this recruiting thing different than anyone else in the game. Yes, you are recruiting athletes, but more than that you are recruiting young men. A team of overly talented athletes are great to have on the same roster, but if they aren’t on the same page, if they don’t have the same common goal, they will fail. (See Baylor’s basketball program)

I know, I am preaching to the choir. You guys know this hymn, I think we sing it every February. I don’t know how he does it. He has had several different recruiting coordinators during both tenures at Kansas State. You would think that there may be some delineation from the straight and narrow path that Bill walks, but the same young men keep signing at Kansas State.

I think the process is run quite similarly to a company hiring a new employee. You take a look at the resume the potential hire sends you (film) and you review it to make sure the candidate fits the company’s needs. After sorting through hundreds of applications, you narrow down your list and invite them to visit your company. The next step is the most important in the process and the most overlooked. The interview.

That’s where Bill kills these other schools. He is willing to take a kid that isn’t the most talented applicant that kid shows the strongest commitment to the values Bill believes in. Bill knows that if he can get a kid that is willing to work hard and be a selfless piece of the puzzle, his overall value to the company will soon surpass a kid that feels entitled based on their resume alone.

So Bill and the rest of the football program is going to keep rowing the boat. He’s going to take his band of businessmen across the country this season. I know I am not nearly as prophetic as “The Wise One”, but this season has the opportunity to be the greatest season in Kansas State football history. It is not one to be taken lightly.

Grab a seat and enjoy the ride.

About The Author

Ryan was born and raised around the “Little Apple”, and is a life-long Kansas State fan and 2007 graduate. He is also a lover of all things Tallgrass Brewing. Was once quoted on November 11, 2006 as saying, "If we beat Texas, I will get a Powercat tattooed on my ass!"

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