Northfield's Cole Jirik Gets Gopher 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 led the Raiders to a 4-5 mark this past year and he was named second-team Associated Press All-State. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Jirik recently to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Cole Jirik attended the spring practice last Friday and was at several Minnesota home games this past season. He attended the Minnesota, Northern Iowa and Northern Illinois junior days and went to the Northern Iowa spring game.

Jirik has yet to receive a scholarship offer, but that has not stopped him from getting plenty of recruiting interest.

Jirik visited North Dakota State last weekend and plans to go to Boston College during spring break.

Jirik plans to attend many one-day camps this summer.

"I am going to Western Michigan, which has had coaches at my school, Stanford and Northern Illinois, and I am hearing from Northern Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota State, Wisconsin, Central Florida, Kansas and Missouri," he said.

Jirik started the 2007 season strong with 13 tackles and seven sacks in Northfield's opening 21-7 win over Mankato West. He had 68 tackles and 16 sacks for the season, Jirik has added two fumble recoveries and a blocked field goal.

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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