Last year for Scottsdale (Ariz.) Notre Dame, 2017 prospect Kyle Soelle rushed 54 times for 258 yards and five touchdowns, caught 37 balls for 334 yards and one score, tallied 21 tackle, 5.0 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks.
Now preparing for his first season at Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro, the alma mater of California quarterback-turned-safety Luke Rubenzer, Soelle is taking a tour of some of the out-of-state schools to offer him, a trip which landed him in Berkeley this weekend.
"The campus, it has its age, but it has really nice renovations, and a feel to the campus that I really like," Soelle said. "The business program, the academics in general, are top-tier, and really great. That's what sets Berkeley apart."
The Bears offered Soelle as an outside linebacker, and like the jumbo athlete's ability to get to the quarterback, and his speed off the edge.
"I can really bring the pressure to the quarterback, and I also have the ability to cover, with my speed and ability to run, and man up against running backs," Soelle said. "My versatility is what they really like. They said I would have the ability to play right away, so that really struck me, and the academics at Berkeley, the networking you can do at Berkeley really set them apart."
Soelle spent two full days in Berkeley, learning about Haas Business School, the program and the school, starting on Sunday.
"This morning, we got to meet with a lot of the staff, and it was a good trip," Soelle said. "I did not get to meet with the defensive coordinator, coach [Art] Kaufman. He's currently at one of his daughter's weddings, but he Facetimed me. I completely understand -- family first."
Soelle did get to sit down with graduate assistant Carlos Alvarado, who is helping to coach linebackers.
"Me and him have a good relationship," Soelle said. "I was with him both days. Great coach, young, and I really learned a lot about the recruiting process and college football."
The visit to Berkley was in between two other visits, first to Arizona State, and then to Boise State on Tuesday and Wednesday.
"I'm only visiting three schools," Soelle said. "I'm just getting a feel for these out-of-state schools, so hopefully I can make the right decision in the future."
The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder doesn't have a concrete day for his decision, but wants to commit before August, so he can focus on his senior season for Saguaro. While Soelle and Rubenzer never crossed paths in high school, the two have thrown together during the off-season.
"He's a great player and a great athlete," Soelle said. "I watched his film when he was at Saguaro. He's a great athlete, and a good, good, good football player that just knows how to play the game, has a great IQ. I talked to him a little bit when he comes over and was throwing at Saguaro, and he had nothing but great things to say about the university. That really struck me, too, having that relationship with someone who went to a high school that I'm going to graduate from."