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Kevin Pyne stands 6-foot-8, his wingspan is enormous and all of a sudden schools are paying attention to what is happening at Millis (Mass.) High, which is 30 miles southwest of Boston.
"I have to call some coaches every now and again, but I am trying to stay focused on lifting and getting better at football as an athlete.," Pyne, 16, said. "I'm excited (by the offers) but I also understand it is not binding. I still have to work hard."
When UCLA offered recently, Pyne said he did not speak with a coach from the staff but he did do a little research. The Bruins, Michigan, Boston College and Virginia Tech each offered in the last two weeks, and Florida State offered Wednesday.
"It was like, 'Wow, that's amazing,' " Pyne said. "I don't know everything about all these colleges, so my coaches kind of fill me in. I'm just amazed. Last week was a crazy week for me."
Most of Pyne's recruitment is going through Millis coach Dana Olson, so he is not spending much time speaking with college coaches. He made a number of visits already --- Boston College, Syracuse, South Carolina, Virginia, Richmond and North Carolina -- but he has not given much thought to a college home.
When he makes visits, he is soaking it all in but not yet thinking about alumni connections, a path to the NFL or relationships with coaches.
"I go to a small school so going to visit a college campus, these places just look amazing," Pyne said. "I'm just starting out so I don't really know what to look for yet. I really haven't given much thought to it."
One of the things helping Pyne with his play at offensive tackle is playing basketball. Pyne already has good footwork for a kid his size at his age, and he continues to develop foot speed going through lineman drills and playing basketball.
"Strength and speed (development) is a focus, but I am trying to put on weight," Pyne said. "I'm going to try and play in the 270 (pound) range this year. I was 255 last year. I need to be able to put on weight and be able to move with that weight."
Staying grounded and working hard is important to Pyne, and his dad is helping out. David Pyne played offensive tackle at Lafayette.
"My family is excited, but my dad is a big football guy," Pyne said. "He understands I still need to develop and get better to even play at these places, so he is trying to keep my focused on lifting, running, getting better."
Pyne visited Boston College over the weekend, and is planning out possible spring visits.