NOTE: As of Thursday afternoon, I’ve been able to track down six commitments for the USD football program, including two South Dakota kids (Watertown’s Shay Bratland and Winner’s Kray Krolikowski, listed below).
— — — —
The University of South Dakota football program picked up another in-state commit, as Winner senior defensive end Kray Krolikowski verbally committed to USD on Wednesday night, according to Winner coach Dan Aaker.
Krolikowski, at 6-foot-5 and 227 pounds, earned Class 11B all-state honors after helping the Warriors reach the state semifinals. Krolikowski, who has a sister who attends USD, recorded 45 tackles, eight for loss, with seven sacks this season.
“Physicality is his biggest attribute,” Aaker said Thursday. “We treated him more as a blocking tight end, but he did an excellent job on the defensive line.”
According to Aaker, Krolikowski becomes the first Winner player to head to a Division I program since Seth Daughters, who played at South Dakota State (2008-12).
Krolikowski figures to even get bigger once on USD’s strength program, his coach said.
“He really enjoyed the process, I think, listening to other schools,” Aaker said. “Ultimately he liked the repertoire with the coaches at USD.
“I think he was leaning that way most of the fall, but he felt very comfortable with his decision.”
Commitments are not binding until athletes sign their intent letters on National Signing Day, which is Feb. 5, 2014.
– Jeremy Hoeck