2016 Intro: Cline Excels at Army Combine

East Ridge (Minn.) sophomore wide receiver-defensive back Kjetil Cline talks about his Army Combine experience and the schools recruiting him at this early point in time.

East Ridge High School has an outstanding sophomore class and two of their young stars, quarterback Seth Green and defensive tackle Jojo Garcia already have BCS offers.

Wide receiver-defensive back Kjetil Cline may not be too far behind though. His head coach Mike Pendino calls him a "blue-chip, can't-miss Division-1 player" with "great speed and athleticism."

He showed that last week at the U.S. Army Combine where he ran a 4.43 in the forty-yard dash at just under 6-feet and 190 pounds.

"It was a really fun experience," he said. "I competed well and to the best of my abilities. The kids were really good down there."

The amount of foot traffic East Ridge has gotten from college coaches because of their young talent and also highly regarded seniors J.C. Hassenauer and George Behr has allowed those same schools to find out about Cline as well.

"The schools that came to visit our school are Michigan, Stanford, Rutgers, Wisconsin and I've also talked to Minnesota on the phone."

Cline says during the fall he only was able to make one unofficial visit.

"I went to a Notre Dame game. It was a very cool experience. The stadium is older but it's a good atmosphere. They have good fans. I didn't have a chance to speak to the coaches. We had to rush out to make our flight back home."

Able to play both sides of the ball, Cline says he prefers offense and plans to continue to show the same skills there he did in San Antonio this Summer.

"Last summer I went to Minnesota's elite junior camp, but this year I plan to go to more camps. I'm thinking Stanford, Michigan and probably Minnesota again."

Before he does that, Cline will work to make sure he's ready to compete at the highest level.

"I'm working on getting stronger, more explosive out of my first step and getting in and out of my cuts faster."


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