Catching up with Kyle Kriegel

Kyle Kriegel is one of three defensive ends in this year's recruiting class. But it sounds like the Texas coaching staff is expecting Kriegel to move inside as a Longhorn. Burnt Orange Beat caught up with Kriegel before he headed to Austin to watch the Thanksgiving Day game between the Longhorns and the Aggies.

After playing in the 2A state title game as a junior, Elysian Fields defensive star Kyle Kriegel was hoping for another playoff run as a senior. Unfortunately for Kriegel and his Yellowjackets, the team took a step backwards this season by finishing 6-4 and out of the playoffs. Kriegel has put his senior season behind him and has turned his attention to his college days.

"I am really excited to start my college career. (Playing for Texas) is a great opportunity for me," said Kriegel.

Kriegel won't have to wait long as he is slated to join his Longhorn teammates in Austin in January as a midterm enrollee. Prior to January, Kriegel is scheduled to take his official visit in December for the annual football banquet.

"I am ready to enroll in January and I am going to make my trip down for the football banquet in December," said Kriegel.

Kriegel certainly knows his way to Austin as he has caught every home game this season except Florida Atlantic and Oklahoma State. Kreigel added that he talks to Texas assistant coach Oscar Giles once a week and the two have discussed his future position as a Longhorn defender.

"I played nose tackle, end and the 3 technique this season, but they want me to add some weight and play defensive tackle for the Longhorns," said Kriegel. "I am already up to 6-5, 250," Kriegel added.

Kriegel says that he and fellow East Texas defender Dominique Jones of Kilgore have become good friends throughout the year and are both looking forward to getting to Austin to start their careers.

Kriegel posted 116 tackles, nine sacks, 38 tackles for a loss, six forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries as a sophomore for Elysian Fields High School. Kriegel was dominant again in his junior season, posting 15 sacks, 128 tackles, 32 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and one touchdown on a fumble return.

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