Recruiting report: Kohl Herbolsheimer's future likely on the defensive line

Millard South's Kohl Herbolsheimer, blocking left, has heard from South Dakota State, Iowa, Purdue, Nebraska and Kansas State.

It's not just Kohl Herbolsheimer's 6-foot-3, 260-pound stature that's impressive.

Just a Millard South sophomore, Herbolsheimer is the foundation of the resurgence of the Patriots' football program. He's strong, smart and physical on the football field and a powerful player that is garnering power conference schools attention.

On Friday, Herbolsheimer will take an unofficial visit to South Dakota State. Along with the Jackrabbits, he has heard from Iowa, Purdue, Nebraska and Kansas State. He plans to either make unofficial visits or camp at those schools this summer.

"I want to find out how interested those schools are in me and what potential they see in me," Herbolsheimer said. "The coaching and the type of players I will be competing with is very important to me."

Herbolsheimer, who plays both sides of the line, feels his future will be on the defensive side of the ball.

"I'm being recruited as a defensive lineman and will strictly be focusing on that as my career progresses," he said. "I don't have a preference between defensive end or tackle. It just depends on the scheme coaches see me in."

Millard South's defense is a base 4-3. Either end of tackle in a 4-3 is fine with Herbolsheimer.

"We've played some 3-4 in situations during the season and I don't mind it," he said. "I think I'm more comfortable in a 4-3 right now because I have played it more."

A multi-sport athlete, Herbolsheimer just finished as a bench contributor on the Millard South basketball team that lost in the Class A semifinals. This spring and summer he has a clear plan of what he wants to get better at on the gridiron.

"Footwork, handwork and overall strength are keys for me," he said. "I really am trying to get stronger in the weight room."

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