Holy Family’s Cord Kringlen browsed the Boise Sate campus with his parents a few months ago, the silence of his surroundings deafening.
There was to be no official visits to college campuses for football players this summer, with the coronavirus pandemic clouding the opportunity to meet physically with coaches, staff and perhaps even a future teammate or two. A mild stroll was the perfect clearing mechanism for Kringlen, an offensive lineman who had several offers on the table at a time when chaos has reigned for possible 2021 and 2022 recruits.
Fast forward to this past weekend, and Kringlen made it known that he was joining the Boise State football program in a Twitter message. He’ll join a small but mighty list of Colorado athletes in the Mountain West Conference, a list that includes Fairview’s Matt Greenwald.
“I really felt it was a place I could be successful at,” Kringlen said in a phone interview on Saturday.
It’s not an easy time to be whittling down college choices. The inability to have official visits means more talk time on the phone with coaches and recruiters … and the real salesmen may get someone to buy in without ever having to shake the hand of a potential future student-athlete.
Kringlen said that he was pretty comfortable with the position he was in back in March, before COVID-19 took control of so many aspects of daily life. In that respect, he considers himself quite lucky. However, he still wanted a chance to peek around Boise before making a decision.
And his parents, he said, were there every step of the way.
“I had about 10 or 11 offers by March, and I got offered by San Diego State soon after, so I felt like I was in a good position,” Kringlen added. “With what’s happening right now with recruiting, I don’t think anybody could have predicted it was going to happen because I don’t think anybody’s lived in the situation that we’re all in right now. You just have to take it all one day at a time, because that’s all you really can do right now.
“My parents have been really supportive through the entire journey… they wanted to play a role but also didn’t want to make the decision for me. What they said to me basically was, you can go to all these places and tell us how you feel, and whatever you tell us, we’ll 100% support you.”
Kringlen is already 6-foot-5, 275 pounds and is listed as a three-star prospect on 247sports.com. He is the 17th best player in Colorado according to 247’s composite rankings. In addition to Greenwald, who committed to BSU prior to his graduation in 2019, Palmer Ridge star Kaden Dudley also is verbally committed to the school.
Dudley was one of the first to congratulate Kringlen.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be able to join a winning and successful program and do it with some of the guys I know from my home state,” Kringlen said.