Ohio OL Kyle Dodson Has Illini Offer

The state of Ohio produces a number of standout offensive linemen every year, and this year is no exception. Among the best in the upcoming senior class is Cleveland Heights tackle Kyle Dodson. The Fighting Illini are one of several schools to offer the young giant.

Cleveland Heights tackle Kyle Dodson already has a number of scholarship offers, and the total keeps growing.

"I have an offer from Michigan State, that was my first offer. And I have offers from Illinois, Michigan, West Virginia, NC State and Ohio. I'm also hearing from Ball State, Wisconsin, Auburn, Alabama, and Oregon. It's pretty exciting."

Dodson, who says he is 6'-6 and a half inches tall and weighs 310, has an aggressive style that appeals to college offenses.

"I think the thing that I do best is run blocking, pass blocking and cutting. I think I like the run blocking best. I like to dominate someone and push them back about ten yards."

He also is a perfectionist, always wanting to improve.

"I plan on working on getting faster, getting strong and working on my technique. Keep tweaking it until it's perfect."

Besides his football workouts, Dodson will also participate in a spring sport to aid his football conditioning.

"I'm going to be doing outdoor track. I will do shot put and discus, but I'll also be running with the team. My coach wants me to get my hips more flexible."

Cleveland Heights is in Ohio's Division I for big schools. Dodson hopes his team will do better in 2011 than last fall.

"We didn't do that great. We were 4-6. We don't have a lot of guys coming back, but we do have a good o-line coming back. We have some good athletes, so we should have a good team next year."

The talented youngster has a good idea what he wants in a colleges.

"Number one, I'm looking for academics. Number two, I'm looking for football. Number three, I'm looking for surroundings, a good atmosphere."

Dodson already has specific career plans after football.

"I want to go into Criminal Justice. I want to do something like FBI, CIA, Secret Service."

Junior Days and summer camps are in Dodson's plans to learn more about the various schools interested in his services.

"I definitely plan on going to Wisconsin's Junior Day. There's a couple other ones coming up, so I'll see if my grandma can get me to those. I'm planning to go to at least three but probably four summer camps."

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