Sun Devils provide right fit for Kyle Soelle

Kyle Soelle is one of three Saguaro teammates who committed to Arizona State on Friday.

Just as Kyle Soelle's recruitment was picking up steam, he decided to put an end to it. 

A 6-foot-3, 220 pound outside linebacker who will play at Scottsdale Saguaro High as a senior after being a two-way standout at Notre Dame Prep last season, Soelle's offer sheet has been building throughout the spring.

Soelle visited Boise State and Cal recently, both of which had extended a scholarship, but upon returning to the Valley he figured he'd seen enough to make a decision. So on Friday Soelle committed to the Sun Devils along with teammates Jared Poplawski and Corey Stephens.

"That's just kind of how it went," Soelle said. "With Corey being offered Wednesday and I kind of had in my mind that I wanted to commit today. That's just how it all worked and this was the place we all wanted to be so we decided to do it [Friday]."

The three Saguaro classmates become the first trio to commit to a major college program on the same day since recruiting sites like started. They join Chandler Basha quarterback Ryan Kelley to give the Sun Devils four in-state commits in 2017 and it's still relatively early in the cycle. 

"Just all three of us got together and like Corey said, making a splash in Arizona State recruiting," Soelle said. "We really want to keep all the best kids in Arizona home and hopefully make a huge stride for ASU when it comes to the Rose Bowl and playoffs and everything. We really just want to make a huge impact at ASU.

"It's really exciting because now we have four (local) commits to ASU and we think it'll really have momentum to keep all the big time Arizona kids here in state and make a big impact at ASU."

Just as Poplawski and Stephens have family connections to ASU, so too does Soelle. His grandfather is a longtime season ticket holder and their family is supportive of the Sun Devils. 

Soelle had 21.5 tackles and 3.5 sacks last season at Notre Dame Prep, while playing extensively on offense as a running back and receiver. 

"Kyle is obviously a new player to us that transferred over this year," ASU coach Jason Mohns said. "He played primarily on offense as junior but he's being recruited as an outside linebacker but numerous schools including ASU. I think they're recruiting him as a Devil backer. Kyle is 6-foot-3 and a half and just under 220 pounds. He's really long and a dynamic athlete. He can really run, is a natural, explosive pass rusher. But he's an athlete too. He played running back, receiver, tight end. He can play in space, drop and cover. He's versatile. It's hard to find guys that athletic and long who can do all those things." 

The opportunity to play for nationally prominent Gardena (Calif.) in the zero week home opener in August has Soelle and the rest of his teammates focused as Saguaro attempts to win a fourth straight state title. 

"I'm really excited," Soelle said. "Our team getting ranked No. 25 in the nation has us all excited and working hard in the weight room. Opening up here against Serra, that's what we really have our mind set up on right now."

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