Blue Devils Drop In On Illinois MLB

Gordon Kickels first called tonight to let us know he had received his first written scholarship offer from Army and give us a rundown on his recent recruiting activity. Ten minutes after that call, Kickels called again, this time to let us know he had picked up his second offer of the day from Air Force.

There is certainly something the service academies like about Lemont, Ill., native Gordon Kickels because the 6-foot-1, 220-pound middle linebacker picked up offers from both Army and Air Force today. Kickels is also talking to a number of programs around the country and has had his fair share of visitors at Lemont Township High School lately.

"Penn State, Air Force, Army, Duke, Illinois, Western Michigan, Central Michigan and Eastern Illinois have all stopped by the school lately," Kickels said. "I've been talking to a number of them with great consistency and then picked up offers from Army today at school and Air Force tonight over the phone."

"Coach Tucker Waugh from Army came into school today and we went into one of the private rooms and spoke for a while about what it means to be a part of the Army," Kickels stated. "He talked about what it is like in school and after school and told me that West Point is one of the top schools in the country. I'm going to have to research and find out what kind of commitment I'd be making there and I'm sure Coach Waugh will be glad to answer questions as he seemed like a really cool guy."

"Air Force just offered literally one minute ago, so at this point I don't know much about them at all to be honest," Kickels said. "My coach played football there, so I'm sure he'll tell me a lot about them while I'm learning about them through research of my own."

"Coach (Ron) Vanderlinden from Penn State and I had been in contact for a while and he stopped by the school this week to meet me," Kickels explained. "He told me that they'll only be taking two linebackers this class, so if I have a great senior season he'll see what he can do for me up there. He was just very straight forward with me with I appreciated."

"Coach (Mike) Bajakian from Central Michigan was in two weeks ago and this week he stopped by again, but this time he brought the Head Coach Butch Jones with him to meet me. He said they wanted to see me at the Main South camp, but I couldn't attend that, however they did see me at other camps. They seem very, very interested in me, but they said they want me to show up for their one-day camp this summer which I'll be doing. When I went up for their spring game I really liked it there a lot and was impressed with the campus and new facilities."

As a junior, Kickels registered 148 total tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and intercepted a pass on his way to first team All-Area and All-Conference honors.

As a sophomore, Kickels made 128 total tackles and was named first team All-Area and All-Conference.

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