Northfield Junior Cole Jirik Gets Interest

Cole Jirik, a 6-foot-4, 210 pound defensive end for Northfield (MN) High, is one of the top juniors in the state of Minnesota. Jirik has led the Raiders to a 4-4 mark this season after a 14-7 loss to Missota Conference rival Holy angels 14-7 in overtime. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Jirik recently to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Cole Jirik started the season strong with 13 tackles and seven sacks in Northfield's opening 21-7 win over Mankato West. He has 66 tackles and 15 sacks for the season, Jirik has added two fumble recoveries and a blocked field goal.

Jirik said that he is hearing from several Midwest schools.

"I'm hearing from schools in the Big Ten. Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan State," he said.

Jirik said that he attended several football camps this summer.

"I went to the Wisconsin camp. Down to Iowa. I was at Minnesota for the regular and elite camp."

Jirik, who runs a 4.7 40-yard dash and bench presses 250 pounds, plays defensive end for Northfield, but most college teams are looking at him at a different position.

"Outside linebacker, because of my size," he said.

Despite losing their last two games of the regular season, Jirik feels that Raiders are capable of a strong playoff run, which will start Tuesday.

"We have a good team. We just have to make some adjustments and we can go far in the playoffs. We should end up in the state (tournament)," he said.

Jirik, who figures to be one of the most highly recruited players in the state next season, does not have a favorite school yet.

"It's still kind of early," he said.

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