Some recruits take months to make their college decision.
Not Kevin Kroboth.
The 6-1, 178-pound all-purpose athlete from Nazareth (Pa.) High School attended Temple’s one-day camp this past Saturday. The Owls offered him a scholarship on Monday. Kroboth accepted on Tuesday.
“Basically, I think the way that I played on Saturday, the way that I ran my patterns, the coaches told me they liked what they saw,” Kroboth said in a phone interview with OwlsDaily.com on Tuesday afternoon. “Both the receivers coach and the defensive backs coach said they really liked me and they thought I was worthy of a scholarship offer.”
Temple was the first school to offer a scholarship, Kroboth said. He was also being recruited by Virginia, Syracuse, Purdue, James Madison, Lehigh, and Lafayette.
The Owls are projecting him as a wide receiver. But that’s not all he can do.
Last season, Kroboth had 23 receptions for 308 yards and four touchdowns for Nazareth. He carried the ball 27 times for 129 yards and a touchdown. He averaged 25.5 yards per kickoff return – with two touchdowns – and 7.6 yards per punt return – with another touchdown.
That’s not all.
Kroboth started at free safety and totaled 58 tackles. He handled punting duties, too, averaging 31.5 yards per punt. He was also the backup quarterback.
This year, Kroboth will be the starting quarterback.
No wonder he wanted to get his college decision out of the way.
“It all happened really quick,” said Kroboth, who first gained notice at Maryland’s football camp last summer. His performance this past season convinced Nazareth head coach Mark Madson that Kroboth was Division I scholarship material.
“We talked after the season and he said that he thought I had a chance of playing at a high level, either high I-AA or I-A” Kroboth said. “But he thought that teams might wait to see me play my senior year before they offered.”
He didn’t have to wait that long, thanks to a terrific performance at the Rutgers Nike Camp this spring. Soon after the camp, Kroboth started hearing from Virginia, Syracuse, and Purdue. Temple assistant Jared Backus visited his school in May.
“Coach (Bob) Price from Virginia has been e-mailing me a lot,” Kroboth said. “I was going to go down there for a camp next month, but now I guess I’m not going.”
Kroboth said he liked everything that he saw at Temple on Saturday, from the campus – “It was like its own thing right in the middle of the city” – to the Owls coaching staff – “They really worked everyone hard.”
Still, he wasn’t committed to anybody – or even offered, for that matter – when he headed back home. That changed on Monday.
“I got an e-mail from Coach Backus and then I called him and he said they wanted to offer me a scholarship,” Kroboth said.
He talked things over with his parents and also spoke with Temple softball All-American Adrienne Repsher, who he knew from Nazareth High School. All agreed he should grab the opportunity.
“I think at Temple I’ll have a chance to play a little bit my freshman year and then I should be able to play a lot by my sophomore year,” Kroboth said. “At a bigger school like Purdue or Virginia it might take a few years before I’m able to get on the field.”
Kroboth called Backus on Tuesday morning and committed. He also spoke to Coach Al Golden and wide receivers coach Kevin Gilbride.
“They were all really excited,” Kroboth said.
Kroboth said he ran a 4.52 40-yard dash at Maryland’s camp last year and he’s run a sub-4.5 more recently.
His brother, Jeff, is a baseball player at Frostburg State.