Two-way athlete, Kirby Hrdlicka from United North Central, turned a successful high school career into a pair of offers to play college ball. While Hrdlicka has yet to decide where he wants to continue his football career he told northstarfootballnews.com he is hoping to make his decision in the next week to ten days.
“I have been talking to Valley City State and Dakota State University,” Hrdlicka said. “Dakota State wants me to play running back, and Valley City wants me at linebacker.”
At first, both programs saw him at linebacker, but as Dakota State watched more film, they decided he might have more success in their program at running back.
Hrdlicka feels he is best when he runs between the tackles on offense and is preventing inside runs from an inside linebacker spot.
“It was fun to look at the colleges and was great to have these winning programs looking at this small-town farm boy up in the middle of nowhere.”
Hrdlicka – who is listed at 5'11″ and 180 pounds – was impressed by both North Star Athletic Association coaching staffs.
“They both win. Valley City's coach has been there for twenty-three years – I like that. Dakota State's coaches are younger, and I like that too. Both coaching staffs were great to talk too.”
The UNC Warriors' senior took visits to both campuses and expects to redshirt year one.
“I am planning on redshirting (at either school),” the three-year starter said, “so I can get more experience with the program and get my academics set.”
Both coaching staffs have told the senior they like his hard-nosed approach to football.
“They like my attitude and how hard I work. (Both coaching staffs) like that I am a hard runner, hitter, and I play to the whistle.”
Before he heads to either Valley City North Dakota or Madison South Dakota, this winter Hrdlicka – who is NFN's 278th ranked senior – is playing basketball and focuses on defense and rebounding. In the spring, he plans on continuing to run track.