Waiting on the Wildcats

With signing day just a week away, Missouri native Joel Kriss continues to wait for the calls to come in, including one from K-State.

He's waiting right now. In fact, he's been waiting for quite a while, but the phone calls just haven't come. And with signing day just a week away, Missouri native and versatile athlete Joel Kriss is starting to get nervous.

Kriss, at 6-foot-5 and solid 220 pounds, can do almost anything on the field, seriously. Though projected as a tight end at the college level, Kriss has experience on the offensive line, defensive end, long snapping, and he's even punted. Punted, you say? Kriss averaged 47 yards per punt and Central High used him where they needed him, plain and simple. But not only has he logged time at numerous positions, he's done well in wearing a lot of labels. This season Kriss had 119 tackles, 12 sacks, one interception, six forced fumbles, and five blocked passes on the d-line. He runs a 4.70 40-yards and benches 285 pounds and could even be considered at wide receiver with his size.

And if coaches called tomorrow, how would this three-sport star sell himself?

"I'm an overachiever and I strive to win," said Kriss, who also plays basketball and catches on the baseball team.  "I'm a team-player, not selfish, and I work hard in everything I do. I always try to bring the best out of everyone around me."

But for some reason that just hasn't worked, yet. Idaho and Lehigh are the only schools to have offered Kriss, a one-star prospect. However, Kriss did receive some attention from Colorado and Colorado State, but those coaches have since moved on—to Idaho and Lehigh, where they continue to pursue him. But both CU and CSU have stopped calling. Lehigh is a Division-1AA program. Kriss was offered an invite to walk-on at Minnesota, which he did visit. And Kansas State has called, but not for several weeks and made no offer.

However, landing Kriss would not be a difficult task for the Wildcats—all they have to do is offer.

"If I was offered, I'd go to K-State in a heartbeat," he said. "All they have to do is say the word and I'm there. I would play any position too, whatever I can do to help the team, defense, offense, special teams, anything."

But while the clock continues to wind down on Kriss, making calls himself might not be out of the question.

"I really don't know what's happened," he said. "I'm getting nervous not knowing anything. It's gotten slow and it baffles me. I haven't called anyone yet, but I might need to. I'm just afraid that I've waited too long and it might too late. We'll just have to wait and see."

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