Kristopher Stein, 6-foot-2, 172-pounds, has good size and ranginess for the safety position where he has played at Manual for the last couple of seasons. As a senior, Stein only has one touchdown scored on him and only three completions behind him. So while it's clear Stein is a natural at safety, he's not limited to that spot.
"Versatility (is my strength). I can play free and strong safety as well as left and right corner. I am comfortable at all four," said Stein. "Speed and conditioning are my biggest assets as an athlete as well as tackling in run support. I love special teams. I make a lot of tackles there, so I consider that a strength and an asset," he said.
Stein has some things that he's working on during this off season so he can take those improved skills with him to the next level.
"(I want) to get better at spying on the quarterback when I'm in man coverage and coming up on play action. I want to make plays on the run game," he said. "I love playing safety, but I also excel on special teams. I blocked an extra point in the Central game this year. I'd been getting close all year, so to finally get a block was a goal of mine," said Stein. "Special teams plays are game changers and I want to make more of those plays. I want to return kicks and punts in college. I want to improve my return skills and win my coach's confidence," he continued.
Stein has already won confidence from several interested coaches on the next level, where he holds two scholarship offers. Valdosta State, Wittenberg, Mount Saint Joseph, Dodge City Community College, San Bernardino Valley College, Florida Atlantic, Tusculum and Harvard have all consistently been in contact with Stein. Stein currently holds an offer from Kentucky State and an academic ride from Tusculum.
Stein got an opportunity to visit a couple of schools during the season as well, including one visit to a school that offered him.
"I visited both Louisville and Kentucky. I also visited Mount Saint Joseph on their Senior Day game versus Manchester and Kentucky State on their senior day," he finished.
Stein is still passing out his highlight tape and exploring all his options before finalizing any decisions. Stein hopes to be an all-around student athlete at the next level.
"I want to be a student-athlete first. I am hoping to excel academically in college, so I want a school that will support me in my academics as well as athletics. I also hope to have a coaching staff that will push me athletically to help me get the most out of my abilities," Stein said. "I want to feel comfortable with my decision before I go. I want to build a relationship with the coaching staff and to feel like my new team is a fairly as well as my teammates," he said.
In the meantime, Stein will be working on his game, especially his speed and conditioning. He will also be weight-training, working on gymnastics and martial arts training. He also plans to run track and work on his nutrition to gain good weight for college.