Football: Two local linemen take the next step on signing day

Holy Family’s Cord Kringlen signs with Boise State; FHS’ Brayden Wood heads to Kansas State

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HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO – NOVEMBER 9, 2018 Fairview High School’s Brayden Wood pursues Thunder Ridge High School’s Quarterback Ryan Gilmore during their playoff football game at Shea Stadium in Highlands Ranch Colorado on Friday Nov. 9, 2018. More photos at

Considering how uncertain the past year has been, Wednesday’s signing day offered the opportunity for many young athletes to secure their futures in sports.

In the area, that meant a pair of top-tier linemen who nearly didn’t have a senior season at all joined the Division-I football ranks.

As soon as the option became available, Holy Family offensive lineman Cord Kringlen signed his national letter of intent to play football for Boise State University at 7 a.m. and not long after, Fairview defensive lineman Brayden Wood inked his future with Kansas State University.

“It’s been a pretty exciting day, to be honest,” Kringlen said. “It’s been a special moment and I’ve just been spending it with my family. It’s great to make it official and I’m just excited to get out there to college and get to work.”

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Holy Family High School left tackle Cord Kringlen poses for a portrait on Tuesday in Erie.

With Kringlen anchoring the offensive line, Holy Family went 7-1 on its way to the Class 3A state semifinals before losing to eventual champion Durango. The Tigers amassed 2,894 yards of total offense in just eight games in no small part because of Kringlen, who is Colorado’s 18th-ranked recruit in the Class of 2021, according to 247Sports.

Wood, who is No. 8 on the 247Sports recruiting list for Colorado, had 58 total tackles for Fairview. That number, which included 10 tackles for a loss, was fourth most on the team and helped the Knights go 7-1 on their way to the Class 5A state playoffs. With Wood as its tone-setter, the Knights defense was one of the best in Colorado at forcing turnovers.

“It’s been surreal. I’ve been dreaming about this my whole entire life,” Wood said. “The countless hours I’ve spent in the weight room or on the field and to see it pay off in a full scholarship to a great school has been a great moment for me and my parents. They’ve spent a lot of time and money on me and to sign this morning was a feeling that I’ve never felt before when it hit my heart.”

Also at Fairview, senior defensive back and wide receiver Jay Barry Jr. still has a decision to make. Originally committed to Florida International University, an outstanding senior season generated a lot more attention for Barry Jr. from schools like Colorado State University. He plans to announce his commitment on Thursday.