2013 TE Blends Speed and Size
Coach Chad Frigon is a veteran of the recruiting process. In his 18 years at Liberty (MO) High School as both an assistant and head coach, Frigon has seen his share of Division 1 talent come through the Blue Jays program. When it comes to Kolton Shindelar, all he can do is shake his head. "I've never been a part of anything like it," he said of his standout tight end's recruitment. "What's happened is that people have been able to see what he's done on film, then stand beside him and see his size. Putting those two things together have made him a very hot recruit." The 6-foot-6, 252-pound senior is a rare mix of tremendous size and great speed. A state qualifier in the 110-meter hurdles and in the long jump as a junior, Shindelar was among Liberty's fastest football players in 2012. With offers from Memphis, Tulsa, Missouri, and Baylor, college coaches have taken notice of his potential. "His biggest thing is his speed," Frigon said. "That sets him apart from other guys that are 6-6, 250. This summer, when nobody knew about him, he had gone up to Nebraska camp," Frigon said. "I had told their coaches he was coming." "They called me on the cell phone right after he ran a 4.59-second 40-yard dash," Frigon laughs. "They called and said, ‘holy cow, this kid can really run!'" Having gotten his start as a student assistant at Kansas State in the early 1990s, Frigon has seen firsthand what it takes to make it at the Division 1 level. Despite only playing one varsity season at Liberty, Shindelar has earned high praise from his head coach. "I'd say he's the most talented player I've worked with, and I'd say his best football is ahead of him," Frigon said. "He consistently got better each week. I've gotten a glimpse of what he can do in this ten game season, but he's just scratched the surface of what he can do as a football player."