Kyle Risinger is a Potential Gopher Walk-On

Kyle Risinger, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound senior safety from Minnetonka (MN) High, is still a possible Minnesota Gopher football walk-on. Risinger attended several home games and was at Minnesota's junior day. Risinger is one of the state's top two-sport athletes in the Class of 2009. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Risinger after his basketball game Friday to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Kyle Risinger has helped lead the Skippers to a 12-13 start in basketball. He is averaging 13.7 points per game, third-best on the team. Risinger has reached double figures 17 times and has 20 or more points four times, including a season-high 24 versus Wayzata.

Risinger helped lead the Skippers to a 6-4 mark in football this season, losing to Hopkins 24-21 in the second round of the Class AAAAA, Section 6 playoffs. He was named second-team All-Metro by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Risinger caught 13 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns as a wide receiver and had 52 tackles, 31 solo tackles and 21 assists as a safety. He added two sacks and three interceptions, being named to the 2008 KARE 11 Preseason All-Metro Football Team and the Star Tribune Preseason dream team. He is considered perhaps the best run-stopper from his position in the state.

Risinger helped lead Minnetonka to the Class AAAA state title in basketball and the football team to a 5-5 mark as a junior. He had 63 tackles last season, including 41 solo tackles.

Risinger said that he is still awaiting word from Minnesota on his acceptance to Minnesota as a walk-on.

"My dad talked to Josh Sternquist (Minnesota assistant recruiting coordinator) and they've been e-mailing him and he was saying that their offices go through (admission applications) in bunches, so their next bunch to make decisions on will be April 1," Risinger said.

He said that it is a bit tough wondering about his future.

"I have not really been thinking too much about it because of our season, but it does get a little annoying when everyone comes up and asks me 'Where are you going to play next year? They are interested, so you can't get too mad," Risinger said.

University of Minnesota-Crookston has shown Risinger plenty of interest as a basketball recruit. Crookston signed 43 Hoops AAU teammate Damarius Cruz, who is averaging 22.1 points per game for Armstrong this season. The Crookston coaches think that the duo could be potential four-year starters for the Division II school. Risinger admits that Cruz has been working on him to join him at Crookston.

"He wants me to go there pretty bad," he said. "We talk a couple of times a week and we are trying to get up there for a visit after our season sometime. I am still working out at 43 Hoops and talking to Chris Carr and some coaches. We'll see what happens."

Risinger is still weighing football versus basketball as he decides on a college. He admits that his strong senior season on the hardwood and the fact that the season is still going on makes basketball appealing.

"I like them both season-wise," Risinger said. "It's just for my decision I want to see what feels right.

Risinger is interested in majoring in business or education and would like to possibly be a coach or teacher in the future.

He attended football camps at Indiana, Purdue and Iowa State.

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