Providence Christian standout Kyle Eriksen has been one of the most explosive football players in the Wiregrass the last several years. He has made game changing plays on both offense and defense and been the centerpiece of the Eagles' success. His high school football career came to an end in 2012 but the next level is waiting for him.
In an exclusive interview with WDHN, Eriksen said he will sign with Faulkner University during Providence Christian's press conference on Tuesday at 11:45 a.m. He says the Eagles were the best fit for him because he has loved the school since the beginning.
"As soon as I walked on campus, coaches were greeting me. I fell in love with the coaching staff and I loved all the things they had to offer, not just the money and financial end, but just anything else for football and academically."
Eriksen was sought out by several universities including, Coastal Carolina, Florida Tech, Point, Reinhardt, Samford, and Shorter along with Faulkner. Other schools asked him to walk on as well. He says he is relieved to have made his choice and will feel that way once he signs.
"I've been looking forward to this for a long time and it feels good to finally get to this point. All the stress and wondering if this is going to fall through, I'm just glad the happiness it's going to bring to me and my family."
During his time with Providence Christian, Eriksen did everything but drive the bus for the Eagles. He ran the ball, caught passes, returned punts and kicks, and was an impact in the secondary on defense. He says he can bring the same diversity to his new Eagles team.
"I believe I can help Faulkner. They gave me one of their highest scholarships. I believe I can help them out. Whether it's at wide receiver, punt returning, kick returning, anything they want me to be."
Last season, Eriksen averaged 33.5 yards/punt return and two touchdowns. He had 22 catches and 4 TDs (19 yds/catch). He also ran for 544 yards rushing and 6 TDs, as well as 61 tackles as a Free Safety.
career stats are as follows:
82 catches for 1,240 yards and 12 TDs
316 carries for 1,715 yards and 16 TDs
172 tackles (153 Solo) and 8 INTs
30.1 yards/punt return and 2 TDs