GVSU Drops in on Partlo

Last week, Kyle Partlo was one of the 26 high school player GVSU had work out for them. He knew he had a good day, but he didn't know just how good until yesterday when head coach Chuck Martin made the trip to Midland and sat down with Partlo.

Midland Dow quarterback Kyle Partlo had already been to the Grand Valley campus several times this year. Partlo was at the Lakers' summer camp back in July and had made unofficial stops during the season. However, Friday was a bit of a different animal as Partlo and 25 other prospective student athletes were toured and tested on the path to determining who might end up in a Laker uniform.

"I think it went real well," he said of the workout, "it was fun to go down there again and awesome to get in the turf building and get the workout in. I hung around [afterwards] and talked to Coach Barnett (the Lakers' Saginaw Valley area recruiter), he said he wouldn't know too much until he talks with the other coaches, but he knew I did real well and the coaches said I had a good day."

The validation of how well the workout went came only a few days later as Laker head coach Chuck Martin stopped into the Partlo home to talk with Kyle and his family.

"Coach Martin and a graduate assistant of his were here. They said that I did extremely well and the fact that they are sitting in my living room four days later tells me what they thought."

At 6'2, 190-lbs, with a 4.6 forty yard dash, Partlo has the athleticism to project to several different positions but is being recruited mainly as a quarterback by the Lakers. During Coach Martin's visit, he also got the straight talk on the scholarship offer situation.

"They said they haven't made any decisions yet and they haven't offered anyone else," Partlo reported, "[They'll know] once they finish up their visits, so in a couple weeks, they'll start making decisions."

And with their current timetable, it is possible that Partlo will get an early present.

"They said they will try to get it done before Christmas."

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