As a junior, Clovis North High School linebacker Erick Kroll was a first team All-TRAC selection and awarded a second team All-State honor. As a senior he racked up 140 tackles, eight sacks and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. He holds an offer from Cornell, but hopes his future holds an FBS offer - especially from the local program.
His father, Erick Kroll Sr., walked on to Fresno State and was later awarded a scholarship by Head Coach Jim Sweeney.
Kroll has drawn interest from Oregon State, Utah, New Mexico State and San Diego State, and hopes to get a closer look now from Fresno State’s new coaches who will be much more active in the Central Valley.
“My dad played all four years at Fresno State,” Kroll said. “He played with J.D. Williams and Jamie Christian who were just acquired to the staff. Coach Tedford he played [for] for a while. A lot of people he played with, Lorenzo Neal a future hall of famer, Coach [Cory] Hall - A lot of people I know who really taught me the culture and how Fresno State is. I’m highly interested in them.”
Kroll will weigh all his options, but said Fresno State could end his recruitment in short order with an offer.
“If [Fresno] State calls, I will commit right on the spot - I’m saying this right now,” Kroll said… “I would be truly blessed. I could bring back my dad’s No. 42, it would be awesome for him to see me play and truly make something out of that career.
“I’m not saying I have a top choice or anything, but I’d be truly blessed by whoever wants me in their program.”
The 6-foot-2 and 225-pounds athlete certainly looks the part of an FBS linebacker and has versatility to play any of the linebacker positions.
“I can drop back in the pass, play the run at the same time,” Kroll said. “I’m the type of player that will be in the play even if it's 20 yards down the field I’ll try to strip the ball. Effort is all I am… I can play outside or inside for a 3-4. I can play any of the three spots in the 4-3.”
Kroll Sr. also hopes that his son will get to sport the No. 42 that he wore as a Bulldog. It is being vacated by outgoing senior Jeff Camilli.
“Both me and my wife graduated from Fresno State,” Kroll Sr. said. “I got put on scholarship after a year and a half there. It would be a big deal... They really helped me out and I’m hoping they’ll do the same thing for him and we’re right around the corner. It would be a really good thing for him to stay in town.”