Colby Ring Attracts Recruiting Interest

Colby Ring, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound running back/linebacker from Brainerd (MN) High, was one of ten finalists for Minnesota's Mr. Football Award. Ring was named to the Minnesota Vikings All-State team that was honored last Sunday and GoldenSports.Net caught up with him to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Colby Ring was named the co-Brainerd Dispatch All-Area Player of the Year this year as he led the Warriors to a 7-3 mark, losing to Buffalo in the Class AAAAA Section 8 semifinals 20-14.

Ring rushed 177 times for 1,186 yards (6.7 yards per carry) with 21 rushing touchdowns. He caught 10 passes for 181 yards (18.1 yards per reception) and one touchdown. Ring finished with 118 tackles and two interceptions on defense.

Ring was named to the Dispatch All-Area team for the second straight season. The Warriors made it to the State 5A semis with an 11-2 record during his junior season, losing to Cretin Derham Hall 56-14.

Ring said that he is getting some recruiting interest from local schools.

"I've been talking to the 'U' (Minnesota) a little bit. The last I heard from them they wanted me to walk-on. I'm not sure that I want to do that. North Dakota State came to our school a couple of weeks ago. I was told that I was still in the running for running back or linebacker. I'd like to go there, if I got offered," he said.

Ring has yet to receive a scholarship offer, but several schools could be close to extending an offer.

"There are some Division 2 schools that said they would," he said. "They haven't yet, like Bemidji State and UMD."

Ring attended the Minnesota battle for the Little Brown Jug in November.

"I came to the Michigan game and was going to the Iowa game, but I had hockey that day," he said.

Ring is a defenseman for the Brainerd hockey team.

"We are 2-3. We lost a couple of games that we probably should have won," said Ring, who was happy with his individual play and the performance of his team this season.

"It was a good year. It could have been better team-wise. Individual-wise, I played a lot more offense than defense this year. That's not a bad thing. I liked it, but it would have been nice to see a little more defense."

Ring shined on the gridiron on both sides of the field. He said that he is getting looks from schools at both running back and linebacker.

"That's a question that I will ask of them. I don't really care. Either way is fine," he said.

Ring said that walking on at Minnesota is a possibility. However, he is hoping to receive a scholarship.

"I am trying to get a scholarship," he said. "If that fails, we'll see. That will definitely be a higher choice than not at all. "

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