Linney Focusing on Two

Taylorsville (NC) Alexander Central star Kyle Linney discusses his season and recruitment with Pack Pride.

It wasn't the opener he envisioned, but Kyle Linney helped lead Taylorsville (NC) Alexander Central to a win over North Iredell last week.

"We won our first game 25-22," said Linney. "We went into overtime. It was a tough game. I wasn't in shape like I had hoped, but I'm about there. I thought I could have played a whole lot better, but I still played okay. I'm getting into game shape now so I know I'll play even better.

At 6-3, 285 pounds, Linney impressed during the spring combine circuit, displaying super quickness, leverage and a non-stop motor.

Linney really stood out at the invite-only Shrine Bowl combine, as he was arguably the most impressive defensive tackle in attendance. He has a perfect build for nose tackle, and he showed a relentless style and the ability to routinely disrupt the offense. He seemed to be all over the field on several plays.

Thus far he has garnered a trio of offers and says that his recruitment is moving at a set pace.

"With recruiting everything has stayed the same," said Linney. "My two favorite ones are NC State and South Carolina right now. Both of them have just been recruiting me pretty hard lately. I talk to coach Cignetti from NC State, and coach Fred Chatham from South Carolina.

"ECU had offered me too, but I'm not looking at them right now."

Linney is being recruited by NC State recruiting coordinator Curt Cignetti, who has apparently made the in-state defensive tackle a priority.

"Coach Cignetti is my recruiting coach," said Linney. "He's a pretty cool guy, and he's made me feel like NC State was a place that fit me. I know he's wanting me to commit to them.

"It seems that NC State is very honest with me. They are showing a lot of interest in me, and are letting me know that I'm important to them. They just really want me to go ahead and commit."

So far Linney has one unofficial visit lined up, as he will be in Raleigh for the Wolfpack's season opener.

"I plan on going to see the State opener against App. State," he said. "I'm probably going to go with my dad and a friend. That is my dad's favorite team, so I know he's looking forward to getting up there for that game too."

While Linney admits that he is no longer wanting to make a late decision, he is still unsure of an exact annoucement date. However, he believes a commitment will be given prior to the completion of his senior season.

"I'm getting close to making a decision, but I'm still going to wait and see," said Linney. "Clemson is still in there, and Tennessee too. They stay in touch, but I just haven't got the offer in from them yet.

"I'd say before my season is over with I will have already decided."

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