Dave Kruger the 6-foot-5, 250-pound three-star defensive end from Timpanogos High School in Orem, Utah, finished his senior season with over 90 tackles and 13 sacks. His team had a 7-4 record and made it to the second round of the playoffs.
"I keep team-contained really well," Kruger said. "Very few teams can run outside on me or my team. I'm pretty fast for how big I am and I have good field speed. I also have really quick hands.
"Even though I think I'm already pretty fast, I still want to get faster," he said. "I want to improve my quickness, especially going into the next level. I know I'll have to cut down my 40 time to about a 4.5-4.6 (says he now runs a 4.8)."
Kruger, ranked as the No. 25 defensive tackle in the country by Scout.com, is also fairly strong and says he can bench a max of 315 pounds and a squat of 400. He also claims a 32-inch vertical jump.
BYU and Utah are Kruger's only offers thus far, but he is also being recruited by Oregon, Oklahoma and California. He says he doesn't have a favorite yet.
"Right now I really can't say a schools stands out," he said. "I only have the two offers and I haven't taken any official visits yet."
Kruger says he'll be visiting Utah and BYU in December, although he doesn't have the exact dates set. "BYU is only about five to ten minutes away, which is nice but it's not going to be a big factor," he said. "I don't mind getting away from home. I'm open to leaving the state.
"I really like everything about the BYU program, though," he said. "The coaches are great and they have really nice facilities too."
The Utes are a bit further away (about 30 minutes), but he says they are recruiting him the hardest. "They send me a lot of letters and the coaches call every week," he said. "They say that I'd be a good fit for their defense and that I could really play a big role for them."
Kruger's dad (Paul Kruger) was also a defensive end and played for Oregon State. Despite this, Kruger says he grew up following rival Oregon. "I really enjoyed watching them play," he said. "My dad went to Oregon State so it's strange that I followed Oregon, but I just liked how they played. I really liked their offense."
He says the Ducks are recruiting him, as well as Oklahoma and Cal. "I really want to be able to visit those three," he said. "They are all still recruiting me and evaluating me. I still need to take my ACT, so that's one of the main things they are waiting on.
"I've been to California before and really liked it," he said. "I think it seems like a really solid team and a fun place to live.
"I've never been to Oklahoma, but they are always highly ranked and they have great tradition," he said. "I really want to visit them and see what the area and school is like."
Kruger is Mormon, but says he hasn't decided if he'll be going on a mission or not. "I'm not sure yet," he said. "The main thing for me is that I want to make sure that I'll be able to contribute to the team and make a difference," he said. "I want to be able to compete and I'm up for any challenge."
He reports a 3.3 core GPA and is taking the SAT on Dec. 1 for the first time.