BYU Extends Offer to Utah D-Tackle

BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall and his staff secured two verbal commitments in three days. The first came from one of the nation's top rated tight end Austin Holt, and the second was from kicker extraordinaire Justin Sorensen. Now the BYU coaches have extended an offer to a defensive tackle that should end up being one of Utah's best for the 2008 class.

Big 6-football-5, 260-pound Timpanogos defensive tackle David Kruger was on BYU's campus today and received an offer from BYU Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall.

"He gave me my offer letter today," said Kruger. "I just came by and watched some practice a little bit, and he gave me my offer letter so now it's official. It's pretty exciting."

So how did Kruger feel to have a full ride scholarship offer extended to him by BYU's head coach?

"I was pretty dang excited," Kruger said. "It was just great! He handed me the letter and I was just like, ‘Sweet, man!' I thought it was awesome."

Kruger, who led all defensive tackles in the state of Utah in sacks and was second in the state for sacks by any position, saw team engaged in Friday's "Super Games" activities.

"[Coach Mendenhall] showed me around and what practices were like and what kinds of stuff they do there. The team was actually doing what is called Super Games on Fridays, and he was explaining to me what that is and how that goes. He also explained to me about the offer letter."

Kruger now has two official scholarship offers. His other offer is from the University of Utah, and despite having two offers from the prominent in-state universities Kruger is not quite ready to make a commitment decision.

"I'm pretty much in the neutral zone and I'm just kicking back and looking to see how my senior year will go," said Kruger. "I also want to see how the rest of the college season goes, so I'm actually keeping it on pause until after my senior year next year."

Despite wanting to hold off on making a decision on where he wants to play college football, Kruger does rank BYU as one of his top choices.

"If BYU were in my top five they would be my number one or number two," said Kruger. "Both Utah and BYU have offered me and both are official now."

BYU fans may remember David's older brother Paul Kruger, a talented quarterback and defensive lineman. Paul signed with Utah out of Timpanogos and spent a season with the Utes before serving for an LDS mission.

"[Paul's] been off his mission for about two months now," said David. "He's looking pretty good and he's actually lifting with the Utah team, and he's actually thinking about playing tight end. He doesn't want to gain too much weight."

There was talk among the Kruger family about Paul Kruger possibly transferring to BYU following his mission. However due to NCAA rules, Kruger would lose a year of eligibility and so he decided to return to Utah.

"He came home from his mission and was actually talking about that," said David about Paul transferring to BYU. "He just had one concern and that was losing a year of eligibility so he decided not to."


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