Commitment a Long Time Coming For Partlo

Recruiting dreams do not always come true. Kids across the country set their hearts and minds and certain schools and in the business of college football, sometimes reality is a tough fate for prospective recruits. Midland Dow's Kyle Partlo is one of the fortunate ones, as the quarterback prospect worked his way to the school he has wanted to go to for some time.

Saturday was a fateful day for Kyle Partlo. He had worked out at GVSU a few weeks back and had an in-home visit from the Lakers, where he was told an offer should come before Christmas. Five days before the holiday, the call came.

"Coach Barnett called me [Saturday] night when I was out to dinner," Partlo explained, "he told me, ‘we had our last visit today and we're ready to offer you.' They gave me the offer and I told him I've been waiting for phone call for nine months, and I wanted to go, but I have to tell parents before I tell you my commitment. I called him back later that night around 9-930 and made it official."

Many factors contributed to Parto's yearning to be a Laker.

"I've been familiar with the school for a long time because my sister goes there. I love the facilities and the campus is new. Like Midland, it's a small town with big school. The class sizes are good, the football facilities are good and of course, it doesn't hurt that the team wins national championships."

The 6'2, 185-lb quarterback will bring his 4.6 speed and mobility to the Laker offense. With that type of athleticism, it might be easy to assume that Partlo will be looked at as an athlete, but that is not the case.

"Right now, they plan on me playing at quarterback. They haven't said anything about planning on playing me anywhere else. We haveb't talked about how early I'll play, but I'm planning on competing. I wouldn't be playing college football if I didn't plan on it. I expect to compete for the job in a few years."

Like many prospects currently in the midst of making their decisions, Partlo feels a sense of relief now that his recruitment is essentially finished with.

"The recruiting process is rigorous," he admitted, "I've been doing this since June of last year and finally, just have it over with, and know where I'm going to go is great. Now all I have to worry about is getting better."

He also says he will worry about making GVSU better by becoming a recruiter.

"I'm going to start talking to the other commit (Tony Stramaglia), get with some of the other guys to start committing."

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