Quarterback Pierre Lincoln Kienholz thought the recruiting process might have been stressful, but the last month has been fun. The junior, who has received six football offers from Power Five in the last month alone, used to take a call every week or two. Now he calls at least once a day.
“I just absorb everything,” said Kienholz, “experience it and just have fun with it.”
Some aspects of this can be stressful, and he plans to take some time soon to figure out when to draw a line on stopping throwing in front of teams and making his decision. He’s racked up 11 Division I football bids (and one basketball bid from South Dakota, but he thinks the football bids are enough to propel him in that direction) and teams still want him to throw. Teams that fascinate him.
As of Tuesday, he “hasn’t ruled out anyone yet.” Pierre’s last day of school was Tuesday, and Kienholz said he’ll likely sit down this week to cross off the original bid list. He will wait for the few who want to see him throw, but by the end of the summer he wants to stop throwing for teams, make his official visits and make his decision.
“Hopefully (I’ll) get all my official visits and stuff (by the end of the summer),” Kienholz said. “And then probably decide to sign between the start of the football season or before the football season.”
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A few months ago, Kienholz thought he “somehow” deserved a little more attention. He knew he was better than the school that spoke to him at the time. South Dakota State was the first Division I program he was offered, which caught the attention of surrounding schools.
Kurtiss Riggs, the owner of Riggs Football in Sioux Falls and a local quarterback coach, had ties to the Washington staff — which is headed by Milbank’s Kalen DeBoer. They liked his film, said Kienholz. Washington and Washington State offered him the same day, and then his enlistment became “a total reversal of what I was doing.”
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He has since received offers from Minnesota, Illinois and Wisconsin. Pittsburgh offered him a week ahead of Washington and Washington State. He also has an offer from perennial FCS title contender North Dakota State and more. Now that these schools have offered it, many are reaching out to it on a daily basis. He’s ready to go anywhere and will likely make his official visits regardless of location.
At the start of the process, he was “just trying to get noticed and find the best college for me.” Now he has options.
“I’m really enjoying it right now,” said Kienholz.
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