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January 27, 2010 at 4:11 PM

Froland switches commitment to Colorado State

Glacier Peak senior defensive tackle John Froland recently switched his commitment from Northwestern to Colorado State.

Three factors tipped the scale for the 6-5, 250-pounder: the outdoor scene, the small-town feel (in comparison with Chicago) and a particular major offered (that’s not offered at Northwestern).

“I went out there and it was like, ‘Whoa’,” said Froland about his official visit two weekends ago that he decided to keep even though he had committed to Northwestern. “It just fits me and my personality. And, they have the degree (construction management) I’m interested in.”

Froland, who grew up in Clearview but spent his freshman year at O’Dea (where cousins Garth and Grant Enger played), originally chose the Wildcats over CSU and Air Force. But upon his return from Fort Collins, he sought advice from his cousins. “They told me that when you’re a college athlete and you’re studying what you don’t like, it could make it (the experience) a lot worse. I didn’t want that.”

Froland earned first-team all-Wesco 3A honors the past two seasons on defense and as a left tackle, protecting the blind side for prolific signal-caller Zach Richter. A Star Times defensive selection and an Associated Press first-team offense selection, he helped lead the second-year Snohomish school to the Class 3A state quarterfinals.

The red-chip recruit, whose unique blend of size, speed and strength routinely commanded double teams, said he is looking forward to Signing Day next Wednesday.

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