"I received an offer from Duke in February," said Roanoke (Va.) Hidden Valley standout Jake Kite. "I've also received offers from NC State and Ohio University. Other schools contacting me include Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Stanford, East Carolina, and several Ivy League schools."
Kite, who measures out at 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds is a multi-positional player and a multi-sport athlete at Hidden Valley High, though most programs projects him as a safety at the next level.
"For my high school team I play safety and slot receiver while also returning kicks and punts. I also wrestle as well. This year I dropped down to 170 pounds, so I'm still working on getting my weight back up for football season. I finished third this year in the state AA class for wrestling with a record of 39 wins in 45 matches. Because of my wrestling season I wasn't able to get to many junior days."
The lack of junior days has resulted in less exposure in the recruiting process as a whole, but not less attention from the Blue Devils who have been leading the charge to get in early with Kite.
"Coach Collins is my recruiting coach and he's the one who offered me a scholarship. After the offer came in February we visited on March 3rd and are heading back for the Spring game with my parents and brother."
That first visit gave Kite a chance to speak with the coaching staff and put the idea of a return visit, if not more, on the table.
"Coach Cutcliffe, coach Collins, coach Knowles and the rest of the staff were great. I also enjoyed meeting with the strength and conditioning coaches. I really enjoyed my visit and I was impressed by everything at Duke. I appreciate the fact that they offered me so early in the recruiting process."
Playing Division One football is nothing new to the Kite family. Jake's father played at Virignia and an older brother was an invited walk-on in Charlottesville before opting to play rugby instead.
Kite credits his parents and high school coach for guiding him through the process thus far.