In Holding Pattern

Belle Plaine (Iowa) athlete Kyle Spading has begun his senior season, and is trying to impress the college programs that are recruiting him. The 6-foot-5, 200-pounder is hoping that some stellar play could lead to his first scholarship offer from a Division I program.

Spading continues to see much of his recruiting centered around the three in-state schools – Iowa State, Iowa, and Northern Iowa – but says that Kansas and Northern Illinois continue to pursue him.

"I haven't heard a lot lately," said Kyle Spading. "I went down to the Iowa-Iowa State game and talked to some coaches. It's pretty much the same. I think they're both waiting for me to send some game tape to see what's going on. (ISU assistant) Terry Allen tried calling me, but I wasn't available. I'm sure he'll be calling back again. (ISU assistant Chris) Ash called my coach last week. Reece Morgan from Iowa called me once."

Ash got a first hand look at Spading last Friday when he took in Belle Plaine's game against Montezuma. But being from a smaller school in the state of Iowa, Spading knows it might take some time to garner more interest. He attended camps in Ames and Iowa City, but coaches have taken a wait-and-see attitude with him.

"They're probably waiting for the end of the season and haven't seen much yet," Spading said. "I haven't sent any game tapes in yet, and I'm waiting for some good games to come around."

He is projected as a tight end and defensive end at the next level, but has been employed at wide receiver and safety at Belle Plaine. But a minor injury this fall has limited his role as a two-way player. A sprained ankle has limited him to the offensive side of the ball, where he scored two touchdowns in his team's opening two games.

In addition to the programs that have recruited him from the start, Spading said a new Division I institution has tried to enter the picture.

"Army has kind of been pushing, but I'm not sure I'm interested in going to West Point," he said.


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