AZ QB Colby Kirkegaard Makes Minnesota Visit

Colby Kirkegaard, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound junior quarterback from Phoenix (AZ) Arcadia, attended the Minnesota-Iowa game last weekend. Kirkegaard has already attracted plenty of interest from West Coast schools. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Kirkegaard to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Colby Kirkegaard completed 103 of 177 passes for 1,655 yards with 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He led the Titans to 7-5 mark, losing to Scottsdale (AZ) Coronado in the 4A Division II quarterfinals 55-27 last Friday. Kirkegaard completed 23 of 39 passes for 354 yards and three touchdowns.

Arcadia started the season 6-0, but Kirkegaard suffered a shoulder injury, causing him to miss 2 ½ games as the Titans lost their last four regular-season games. The team was 7-2 when he played the entire game and 0-3 when he did not.

Kirkegaard led the Titans to 37.3 points per game in the first six contests, Unfortunately, after leading Arcadia to a touchdown in its first possession against Queen Creek, he was knocked out of the game in the middle of the second quarter. They lost the game 14-7 and lost the three remaining regular-season games.

Kirkegaard worked with a therapist and missed most of the week's practices before their first-round playoff game against Gilbert Higley. He threw for 220 yards and had three touchdowns (two rushing) as Arcadia knocked off the seventh-seeded Knights 35-33.

Kirkegaard was the Class 4A Division II East Sky Region's leading passer as a sophomore. He threw for 1,364 yards and had 10 touchdowns as the Titans finished 6-5.

Kirkegaard has Minnesota ties as his mother Lois attended Winona State from 1978-80 and Minnesota from 1980-82.

GoldenSports.Net caught up with Kirkegaard to learn the latest on his recruitment. He is hearing from a variety of schools

"Minnesota, Colorado, UCLA, Stanford, LSU, Alabama and San Diego State," he said.

Kirkegaard got a chance to show off his abilities at several camps last summer.

"I went to a lot of camps, not schools camps. I went to the and Rivals combines," he said. "I went to Quarterback Elite 11. I did two of those in Las Vegas and at Cal."

Kirkegaard plans to attend several team next summer.

"I'll probably go schools that I have been talking to. Colorado, Minnesota, UCLA and Stanford," he said.

Kirkegaard plays catcher on Arcadia's baseball team, but he realizes where his future lies.

"I like football. It is more my calling. I enjoy baseball."

Kirkegaard comes from an athletic family.

"My dad played high school ball in Arizona and played linebacker in junior college," he said. "My cousin, Christopher, is a long snapper at Idaho State. My uncle was a pitcher at Arizona State when they won the College World Series. Some athletes in the family."

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