January 7, 2013

Krill ready to get started in Laramie

Saddleback Community College Tight End JD Krill will tell you he has long felt like a country boy at heart.

Now, the lifelong Orange County (Calif.) resident will have the address to match the mindset. The 6-foot-6, 255-pound tight end signed a letter of intent with the University of Wyoming Sunday night. He will begin practicing with the Wyoming Cowboy football team this spring and move to Laramie on Saturday.

"It is a quick turnaround, but my family and I are ready for it," Krill said Monday night. "I honestly can't wait to get started. It will be a big change from Orange County, but I think I am ready for it.

"My dad is from Amarillo (Tex.) and I feel like I have been a country boy at heart. I feel like it is a great opportunity for me."

Krill is ranked as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com - one of two in the Cowboys' recruiting class of 2013. As a junior for Saddleback last season Krill caught 10 passes for 98 yards and one score. Used mostly as a blocker, Krill also caught 42 yards worth of passes as a freshman. Krill said he had scholarship offers from and visited Texas State and UConn.

"I am pretty balance when it comes to playing tight end," Krill said. "I pride myself on being a hybrid player. I can be a good online blocker and I can get out and catch passes too. I am a real student of the game. I like to get in-depth into an offense and learn what to do even if I am not on the field. I really enjoy that part of the game."

Krill came out of Aliso Niguel High School in Mission Viejo two years ago and was named All-League as a defensive lineman. He said playing on a bad high school team left him with few college football options, leading him to go the junior college route.

Krill's romance with Wyoming started during this football season. After the season Krill said he was visited by Wyoming coaches Matt Rahl and Dave Christensen and the Cowboy coaches made a strong impression right away.

"After the season Coach Rahl and Coach Christensen met with my family," Krill said. "They sat down with Coach Christensen, Coach Rahl and I. They had just as good of a feeling as I did with him. I have a good feeling about being up there and playing my heart out for him."

"They said they didn't have a mid-year scholarship so they were going to bring me in this June. In the past couple weeks they found out they had a mid-year scholarship available so I got out there for a visit this last weekend."

Krill said he enjoyed Laramie and saw it as a cool, old west town. He added he was impressed by the facilities, the community and the surroundings of the Wyoming campus.

"It was really beautiful," Krill said. "The scenery was amazing, the weight room is huge, the indoor facility was amazing. It was a cool old-west town. I got to see the facilities, the town, we went bowling, saw a movie and ate a ton."

Wyoming's offense has not been known for its use of tight ends. Krill said Christensen told him he would like to get the tight end involved in the Wyoming offense again.

"They were really exited about bringing me in an adding a dimension to their offense," Krill said. "Coach Christensen was the offensive coordinator when Missouri had Chase Coffman. He told me he was planning on using me as much as I could handle it. He wants to use me as an on-line blocker, an H-back and a slot."

With his college choice addressed, the next step for Krill is logistical. He said he has sent his official transcripts to the University of Wyoming, he has started packing and is calling around Laramie looking for housing. The trip across the country starts Friday.

"It is a six-day turnaround, but I am ready for it and I can't wait to get over there and go to school there, play football there and just get started at Wyoming," he said.

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