Kyle Melcher Gets Recruiting Looks

Kyle Melcher, a 6-foot-6, 220-pound tight end/defensive back from Owatonna, is one of the state's top three-sport athletes. Melecher attended the Minnesota Junior Day last January was named first-team Associated Press All-State defensive back as a junior and was second-team as a sophomore. GoldenSports.Net recently caught up with Melcher to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Kyle Melcher helped lead Owatonna to an 8-2 mark this season, losing to Lakeville North 24-12 in the Class AAAAA, Section 1 semifinals. Melcher, who had intercepted seven passes as a sophomore and junior, intercepted just two passes as a senior as opposing teams wised up and threw away from him. He had 23 total tackles and had six passes defensed.

Melcher finished his career with a school-record 16 interceptions, breaking the previous mark of eight. He caught 16 passes for 318 yards and five touchdowns.

Melcher recently told GoldenSports.Net that he was proud of his team's play, despite the upset loss in the playoffs.

"We ended up losing to Lakeville North in the section finals. It was a tough game for us. We felt that he shot ourselves in the foot," he said. "We left some points on the field. But, we had a good season. Big Nine champs."

Melcher was happy with his play as a senior.

It was pretty good. We don't throw the ball that much. We have more of a power offense. I think that I took a big strides blocking-wise this year," he said. "Tried to become a better blocker and still had the receptions and the touchdowns. Our defense led the Big Nine and was like top 10 in the state for points allowed, so all-around we had a good year."

Melecher attended the Minnesota-Northwestern game and a contest at Minnesota State Mankato. He is hearing from plenty of local colleges.

"A lot of Division II schools that are in the Northern Sun - Winona State, Minnesota-Duluth and Mankato and those schools. North Dakota, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, the Gophers and Iowa State are still sending me stuff," he said.

Melcher said that he is still getting some interest from Minnesota.

"A lot of letters still. Waiting and seeing. I'm keeping my options open," he said.

Melcher is hoping to get more interest after sending out highlight reels to teams.

"My head coach has a lot of tape requests, so he is doing that for me right now. He has a bunch of them that he is going to be sending out."

Melcher has high expectations this season for the Huskies' basketball team. He and 6-foot-7 teammate Taylor Steinbauer lead the Huskies.

"We should be good," Melcher said. "We have good size coming in and a couple of good guards coming back. We should have a lot of depth this year. We are hoping to go to state. That is our main goal."

Melcher caught 22 passes for 282 yards and five touchdowns as a junior 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 did not play AAU basketball to concentrate on baseball, football camps and training. Melcher shined on the baseball team as a pitcher and first baseman. He struck out 49 batters in 46-1/3 innings pitched and won six games for the Huskies, who made an surprising run to the section finals. Melcher batted .280 and led the Huskies with 26 RBIs. He also hit two home runs.

Melcher, who had received recruiting interest in basketball, has decided to focus on football or baseball in college. Owatonna has won back-to-back Big Nine title and finished 16-13 last season, losing the Section 1AAAA boys basketball title game 54-52 to Rochester Mayo on a last-second tip by Jordan Hicks.

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.

Melcher scored 17 points in the Huskies' season-opening loss to Lakeville South, falling 59-55 in overtime.

Owatonna head football coach Jeff Williams sings high praises of his talented senior.

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

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