Kale Krogh slipped into campus for an Iowa Football visit under the wire last year. It established a foundation that led up to the 2022 Huxley (IA) Ballard Community High offensive lineman earning a Hawkeye scholarship offer Saturday at the program's prospect camp.
Iowa played host to Krogh (6-6, 267) on March 1, 2020 for a junior day. Shortly after that, the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the world of football recruiting. A 15-month long dead period, which prohibited face-to-face meetings between college coaches and prospects, ended June 1.
Krogh had met in-person with the Hawkeyes, however. That made bonding easier during the time when they couldn't.
He's been speaking with in-state recruiting coordinator Jay Niemann once a week. He communicated with former offensive line coach Tim Polasek every couple of weeks, and now has been talking to his replacement, George Barnett, weekly.
"I would say it's one of my best relationships in recruiting, especially with coach Niemann because he's called me since my freshman year. He'd call once a month and then into my sophomore year it'd be once or twice a week," Krogh told HN.
Krogh camped at Iowa State, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa this week. The Gophers also offered him a scholarship.
"The other three schools besides Minnesota and Iowa said they're very high on me. They all wanted to see maybe one more kid at camp before they make a move," he said.
He's set up official visits to Minnesota (June 16) and Iowa (June 25).
"So I'm going to be coming into those (visits) to meet guys, the other recruits, and see if they're a group of guys I want to be around and that want to be around me. I also want to be around more of the coaching staffs and see just being around them if they're people I can vibe with," he said.
"The strength coach and how he does things is really going to be super important to the process. Then, just overall, take in the experience and the campus and make sure it's a good fit."
Krogh worked out almost exclusively at left tackle on Saturday during the camp. He felt he did well in run blocking, especially since he hadn't done it since the fall high school season.
"This was one of the first camps that let us hit somebody in a run-block scenario. It felt good. And coach Barnett definitely sharpened up the little things," he said.
The performance led to a meeting with head coach Kirk Ferentz, who let him know an offer was on the table.
"This one is definitely surreal because Iowa was the first school to ever talk to me, ever notice me. This has been one I worked for since the beginning," Krogh said.
He felt good about where he stood with Iowa coming into Saturday. It was just a matter of letting the coaches see him perform in person.
"They wanted to confirm what they thought of me. And I came out to camp, balled out and did exactly what they wanted me to do," Krogh said.
He hasn't set a definitive decision date, but should have a better idea of where his recruitment stands by the end of the month.
"I've said I'm going to have a timeline on it, but I think after I take officials, I'm going to know when I know and there will be a decision made," he said.
Krogh is interested in studying medicine during college.
"Academics are definitely going to play a big role. Iowa and Minnesota are both great places to be for medical," he said.
Krogh reports 14 total scholarships offers, including numerous opportunities from Ivy League and MAC programs.
Rivals and 247Sports rank him as a three-star prospect. The latter sees him as the No. 70 offensive tackle nationally in the '22 Class and the No. 7 player regardless of position in the state for that cycle.
A two-way lineman for the Bombers, Krogh racked up 45.5 tackles (41.0 solo, 5.0 for loss) last fall for a team that finished 8-2. During the basketball season, he averaged 7.3 points on 71.7 percent shooting from the field while pulling down 5.9 rebounds a contest.
Krogh also uncorked the track team's top discus throw this season. His top shot put toss ranked second on the squad.
Here's a look at Krogh's junior football highlights: