The 6-foot-6, 252-pound tight end has seen his offers double in the past few weeks and is contemplating a last weekend visit to Manhattan. He spoke with KStateFans.com about his upcoming decision.
"The whole recruiting process has been pretty exciting," said Kolton Shindelar. "It can be overwhelming at times, but mostly exciting. My last offers have come from Baylor and Missouri. I also have offers from Kansas State, Iowa State, Memphis, Tulsa, and San Diego State. I'm hearing a lot from Arizona State, but they haven't offered yet. I'm still up in the air about my decision. I've been on official visits to Tulsa and Missouri. I'd like to make at least one more before signing day.
"Kansas State is supposed to be stopping by for an in-home visit at 2:30, then they're going to talk with my dad in Iowa. I'm looking forward to meeting with them to learn more about the program and the university."
Shindelar has ties to the Big XII conference. His father and stepbrother, Nick Kron, both played at Iowa State. Kansas State will try to convince Shindelar to create his own legacy in Purple and White and he's likely to listen.
"Academies are my top priority," he explained. "I want to walk out of college with a great degree to get a job if I don't make it to the NFL. I want to go to a winning football program with great tradition and a loyal fan following. Also, I'd like to be in a good environment where I can grow as a man and make it in the world."
This was Shindelar's first year playing the tight end position at Liberty High School in the Kansas City area. Previously, he played defensive end and spread out at wide receiver in a no-tight end formation.
"As the year went on I gained a good understanding of where I needed to go on the field," Shindelar stated. "I improved on reading plays. Obviously, I had to get better at blocking because I had been asked to block that much before. We ran the ball close to 90-percent of the time, so I got a lot of practice blocking. At the end of the year, I thought I was running better routes. My best strenths are my speed and elusiveness for someone my size. I think having a background in track and field has helped with my balance and explosiveness on the field."
Shindelar was named second team All-State (Missouri Class 6). He competes in the hurdles and the long jump with the Liberty track team. Shindelar's grandfather, Richard Klein, played offensive tackle at Wichita State and was selected in the fifth round of the 1964 draft by the Cleveland Browns.