Busy summer for Sosnowski

ONE OF THE TOP COLLEGE FOOTBALL PROSPECTS IN THE STATE OF IDAHO is Capital High standout free safety KYLE SOSNOWSKI, a 6-3, 215-pound two-time All-Idaho selection (first team pick last fall) who projects as an outside 'backer at the next level. He has already set a new career record at Capital with 13 interceptions, holds offers from Idaho and ISU, and has a hectic summer camp schedule planned.

Last year the University of Idaho won an intense recruiting battle against Wyoming for Idaho Falls High School standout defensive back Brad Marboe (6-3, 200), a Class 5A All-Idaho selection. Marboe redshirted last season and earned significant reps with the No.1 and No.2 defensive units this spring as an outside linebacker.

This year the Vandals signed north Idaho star linebacker Jared Heston (6-1, 226) out of Lake City High School in the 2009 recruiting class. Like Marboe the year before, Heston earned First Team All-Idaho honors, plus was named the Inland Empire League Defensive Player of the Year (85 tackles, five tackles for loss, three sacks, three pass deflections and eight quarterback hurries).

For 2010, the Vandals are again setting their sights on mining the state of Idaho for linebacking talent, and have extended an offer to Capital High star safety Kyle Sosnowski, a 6-3, 215-pound two-time All-Idaho selection. The ball-hawking free safety (4.65 - 40) has already set a school mark for career picks with 13 in his first two years as a starter, but projects as an outside linebacker for several college programs.

As a junior last fall he recorded 47 tackles, 5 picks, 7 pass breakups, 3 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries to earn First Team All-Conference and All-Idaho honors. It was the second time he was named a First Team All-Conference selection, and his first time as a First Team All-State pick, earning Second Team honors as a sophomore in 2007.

Even more remarkable, he accomplished all of this as a junior despite having surgery on both knees following his sophomore season (it was a non-injury related surgery, and eliminated pain caused by a growth spurt).

Sosnowski visited the Idaho campus this spring, and now has trips planned to attend camps at Oregon, Oregon State and Boise State in the upcoming weeks.

Below, GoVandals.net caught up with Sosnowski before he starts a hectic summer that includes attending several camps.

LJ: Can you talk a little bit about how recruiting is going so far?
KS: "It's good. It's a long process thing, but it's more of what you call in the back of my mind. I'm just trying to take care of my working out and getting good grades. But it's definitely kind of a complicated thing because there are so many different rules, you know?"

LJ: What schools have expressed interest in you so far?
KS: "So far, quite a few. Idaho and Idaho State, Washington, Washington State, Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Utah, and BYU. There are some other ones that are out there. Idaho and Idaho State have offered me."

LJ: Has any school offered you a scholarship?
KS: "Idaho and Idaho State have offered me."

LJ: What position are you being recruited to play in college?
KS: "I'm mostly being recruited as an outside linebacker right now. It just depends on what school I'm talking to, what position they will have open, stuff like that."

LJ: You probably play other sports besides football, right?
KS: "Yeah I have. I used to play a lot of ‘em – baseball, basketball, everything pretty much. But I've kinda slowed down a little bit after I had knee surgery. I had double knee surgery. It was just generally like a growth spurt sort of thing [Sosnowski's surgery happened between his sophomore and junior seasons]. I played last season [as a junior] and everything went well."

LJ: So tell us a little about your season last year -- what kind of stats did you have last year?
KS: "I had five interceptions, which broke the career school record at Capital for interceptions, which was thirteen."

LJ: You were working at safety last year, right?
KS: "Yeah. Free safety."

LJ: Have you visited the Idaho campus before? Have you attended their camps?
KS: "I haven't been to a camp, but I've visited their school and watched some of their spring practices this spring."

LJ: Have you visited any other schools?
KS: "Yeah. I went and looked at Oregon. Of course, since I live in Boise I've seen BSU, but that's about it right now. In the summer I'm going to go see two more."

LJ: You said you visited Idaho during some of their spring practices; so what was your impression when you were there?
KS: "I really liked it. The weight room and the practice field on the outside, the campus -- it was all really nice. The team unity, and the how the coaches coach. I really liked everything, how they ran everything there."

LJ: Did you meet any of the players when you were there?
KS: I had had a chance to meet a couple linemen -- they introduced me to the whole team."

LJ: What would you say your strengths are as a football player?
KS: "Well, last year I think I understood the game really well. But going into my senior year it will definitely be my strength. I've started working out a lot, I've gained about 25 pounds -- my strength and my speed has gone up a lot in the last year. I went from about 180 from the end of the season to about 215 right now."

LJ: Has anybody talked about recruiting you for anything other than linebacker?
KS: "Some recruiters have said I could stay at defensive back if my speed drops a certain amount. You've got to have a lot of speed in college. But most recruiters tell me that I'd move to outside linebacker."

LJ: Do you have any specific plans for which schools you plan to visit this summer?
KS: "In the summer I'm going to a lot of different camps just to kind of see more schools, you know. Different coaches, and just how the school is, the vibe I get at the certain school."

LJ: So which camps do you have planned for the summer?
KS: "Right now I have Oregon State, Boise State, Oregon, and I have a team camp I'm going to at Gold Beach, Oregon. When I get back I might go to Washington or Washington State's camp."

LJ: That's a busy summer.
KS: "Yeah."

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