An injury sidelined Muskego, Wisc., defensive tackle Kyle Costigan for much of the summer camp season and eliminated opportunities for him to earn additional scholarship offers.
"I was signed up for the Iowa State camp, the Wisconsin camp and the Michigan camp, but I couldn't go to those [because] I sprained my ankle in early June," Costigan said.
Costigan has fully rehabilitated his ankle, and this past weekend attended North Dakota State's camp where he picked up his sixth offer of the process. He had previously earned offers from Illinois State, North Dakota, Southern Illinois, Northern Iowa and South Dakota.
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Not having a chance to showcase his talents at BCS Conference programs' camps this summer means a lot is riding on Costigan's senior season performance and he knows what those coaches will be looking for.
"I've just got to get in the best shape I can and go 110 percent every play," Costigan said. "I think that is what colleges are really looking for - someone who really gets after it."
Several BCS Conference schools are currently showing interest in Costigan. He has an offer to attend a home game at Georgia this fall and is receiving regular mail from UCLA. He is also keeping in contact with coaches at Indiana and Northern Illinois through email, but he is hoping to impress one school most of all this fall.
"Wisconsin is so close to home and I grew up watching the Badgers, so that is the one I'd be most excited about," Costigan said. "Wisconsin is [showing interest] and if I would have gone to their camp they said they might have offered. Now they said they'll go off senior film, so there's still a chance.
Costigan is now up to 6-feet-5 and 265 pounds, numbers that could project on either side of the football at the college level.
"A lot of schools that are recruiting me said they would try me out at either offensive tackle or defensive tackle," Costigan said. "When coaches look at my junior film, I think it is my footwork for offensive line that gets them most excited. I probably [prefer] defense, but whatever the school wants me to play I'll play. It doesn't make too much of a difference."
On the defensive side of the football as a junior, Costigan recorded 45 solo tackles, 23 assists and 5.5 sacks.