Minnetonka DB Kyle Risinger Attracts Interest

Kyle Risinger, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound safety from Minnetonka (MN) High, attended the Minnesota Gophers game versus Northern Illinois Saturday and was at Minnesota's junior day earlier this year. Risinger is one of the state's top two-sport athletes in the Class of 2009. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Risinger to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Kyle Risinger helped lead the Skippers to a Class AAAA state title in basketball and the football team to a 5-5 mark. They won their season opener against Rochester Mayo and face Classic Lake rival Wayzata tonight.

Risinger was named to the 2008 KARE 11 Preseason All-Metro Football Team and the Star Tribune Preseason dream team. Risinger, who had 63 tackles last season, including 41 solo tackles, is considered perhaps the best run-stopper from his position in the state.

Risiinger, who was slowed this past spring with a hip flexor strain, attended several camps this summer.

"I went down to Indiana and Purdue and came to Minnesota," he said. "They were all one-day camps. I went down to Iowa State in July."

Risinger had looks from Division I teams in both basketball and football this spring and played AAU basketball with 43 Hoops.

"I played in the spring and we did pretty well. We went to Las Vegas, Arkansas and Indianapolis and we did really well in all those tournaments. I did not play in July, because I was trying to focus on gaining weight for the season. That was a tough decision, but I gained about 15 pounds, which was all right with me."

Risinger said that the commitment to football has changed with his recruitment.

"I am more focused on football. I talked to a lot of coaches and they say that is where my future is," he said. "It was kind of tough when the word got out that I was not going to play AAU. I had to explain to all the coaches who were recruiting me for basketball that I was not playing. That was kind of tough because they were trying to get me to come out. I talked with Chris Carr (of 43 Hoops) and he handled a lot of it, which was a big help."

Risinger said that he does not have a favorite school yet.

"I really like Minnesota a lot and I liked Iowa State a lot when I was down there. Schools like Colorado and Boston College; I've talked to and Indiana and Purdue still. It is still up in the air," he said.

Risinger said that he has yet to set up any official visits.

"I am still working on that. I still have to talk to Iowa State about it. I was supposed to go down last Thursday (for their season opener versus South Dakota), but I had a game. I am supposed to talk to their coach sometime this week."

Risinger said that he hopes to check out as many college games as possible on the weekends. He said that he was unsure of his plans this weekend.

"I have not really thought about it. I am going to have to check our schedule, because we practice and lift on Saturday mornings, but our coaches are OK with missing it for college visits," he said.

Risinger said that the weight gain has some college teams looking him at other positions than safety.

"I talked to Vanderbilt and they said they were recruiting me as an outside linebacker, like a Will (weakside) backer," he said. "A couple of other schools have said that too, but for the most part schools are looking at me as a safety. I'm fine with moving."

Risingier is playing on both sides of the field for the Skippers this season.

"I am playing safety and wide receiver this year. I had three catches on Thursday and they are just trying to get in the flow more," he said. "They said as the season goes along, they will need to be a big part of the offense. In the first game, they really didn't need me."

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