Owatonna's Kyle Melcher Gets Gopher Interest

Kyle Melcher, a 6-foot-7, 205-pound tight end/defensive back from Owatonna, attended the Minnesota Junior Day. Melcher was named first-team Associated Press All-State defensive back as a junior and was second-team as a sophomore. He is a three-sport standout who is also getting recruiting in basketball. GoldenSports.Net recently caught up with Melcher to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Kyle Melcher caught 22 passes for 282 yards and five touchdowns this season as he led the Huskies to an 8-3 mark, losing to Lakeville North 14-7 in the Section 1, Class AAAAA Finals. Owatonna finished 6-1 in the Big Nine Conference, tying for a share of the conference title for the first time since 1999. He intercepted seven passes, returning one for a touchdown and had 23 tackles and three pass breakups. The mark tied his own school record with seven interceptions and the Big Nine Conference for the second year in a row.

Melcher had seven interceptions as a sophomore, which tied a single-season school record and led the Big Nine Conference. Three of those interceptions came in one game against Albert Lea, where he returned one pick for a touchdown. Melcher was the first Owatonna sophomore named to the All-Big Nine Conference team since Cory Urban in 1997. Melcher finished the season with 31 tackles, one fumble recovery and one pass deflection.

Melcher is also a standout on the hardwood. He has helped lead the Huskies to a 7-8 mark this season as they are playing without Owatonna's all-time leading scorer Drew Lundberg, who is now at Northern Iowa.

Melcher was named Associated Press honorable mention in basketball as a sophomore as he helped lead the Huskies to a 25-3 record and win the Big Nine conference title before losing to Lakeville South in the section finals.

Owatonna head coach sings high praises of his talented junior.

"He is very athletic. He came up the system as a quarterback. He moved to wide receiver and handles space well," he said.

Melcher is a standout defensive back, but at his size, will likely play tight end in college, according to Williams.

"Ultimately, that is where he will end up. He has turned into a fine blocker and catches the ball well," he said.

Williams said that Melcher is starting to get recruiting interest.

"He is being actively pursued by Iowa, and Minnesota is starting to heat up."

Melcher said that he enjoyed attending Minnesota's Junior Day.

"They took us on a tour and we watched the Minnesota-Michigan State basketball game. I really like Minnesota. It has been a homestate dream," Melcher said.

Melcher said that he has received recruiting football interest from Minnesota, Iowa and North Dakota, which has a football camp June 16-18, and North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, Winona State and Northern State for basketball.

Melcher is undecided on which sport he will play in college.

Melcher has high hopes for next year's team. They switched from a Wing-T offense to a double-wing spread concept this past season.

"We were more of a sweep offense. We had a good split of junior and seniors this year. We have a good amount of juniors coming back. The offensive line is back. The athletic positions, quarterback and running backs, are more of a question mark," he said.

Melcher also plays on the baseball team as a pitcher and first baseman. He plans to play AAU basketball with junior 6-foot-7 teammate Taylor Steinbauer for the Minnesota Glory.

"We both play baseball and there are scheduling conflicts, which might be a problem with other programs," Melcher said.

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