Recruits keep trickling in for the Saints football team.
Over the past few weeks, Carroll has announced the commitments of several new additions, supplementing a large National Signing Day haul.
Two of the latest recruits caught up with the Independent Record and discussed committing to Carrol College.
Ryan James, who Carroll announced as an athlete from Yakima, Washington, joins the Saints after standing out as a linebacker and running back at La Salle High School. There he received all-league honors while also serving as his team’s MVP and team captain. James said because of his versatility, Saints coach Mike Van Diest coveted him as a safety at Carroll.
“I chose Carroll College for the combination of high academic standards and community and great athletics,” he said.
James attended several camps at Carroll and expressed interest in joining the Saints. Coaches Jim Hogan and Alex Kastens stayed in contact with James throughout his senior season. The 6-foot, 185-pound athlete received interest from Benedictine College (Kansas), Eastern Oregon, and Whitworth, but said he “didn’t pursue many, because Carroll was my top choice.”
James is undecided what he’ll study at Carroll, but has an interest in business and education.
His goals while at Carroll are: “Do well in school, work hard in the offseason and prove myself to get playing time after my redshirt year. In my free time, I hope to take advantage of everything Carroll has to offer including campus life and service opportunities.”
Kyle Kazmierski also committed to the Saints by way of Lake City High School in Couer d'Alene. Kazmierski initially will also be coming in as a safety for the program. The 6-1, 185-pound commit was drawn to Carroll’s academics and the football team’s rich tradition.
“When I went on my visits I felt comfortable there,” Kazmierski said. “The coaches and players were always welcoming and it just felt like the right place to be.”
Kazmierski also considered Whitworth, Montana State, Puget Sound and College of Idaho before ultimately picking Carroll -- the chance to complete a pre-med degree helping to set the Saints apart.
He wants to “receive a great education and hopefully attend med school after graduating,” he said. “I would also like to win the Frontier Conference championship and compete for a national championship.”
Kazmierski was named a first team all-league defensive back and honored as his team’s defensive back MVP while starting for two years. He was also named a top scholar in Idaho and has a 4.0 cumulative GPA.