One of the surprise stars for the North Carolina squad during last weekend's Shrine Bowl game was defensive tackle Kyle Linney from Alexander Central High School in Taylorsville, NC. Linney was explosive from his nose guard spot, recording a tackle for loss and several quarterback hurries. He was routinely in the South Carolina backfield and did a good job of helping disrupt the Sandlapper offense. Linney talked about his effort and his thoughts on all-everything QB Willy Korn.
"I felt like I did good at the line of scrimmage, but I missed a couple of key sacks," said Linney. "On the long drive they had I missed a sack so I felt kind of bad about that but basically, I felt like I played pretty good up front.
"(Korn) he's a great quarterback. He got away from me one of those times so I give him some respect."
Linney committed to NC State a little over a month ago and was taken aback when Chuck Amato was fired as head coach. That has resulted in the two-star defensive tackle taking a wait-and-see approach although State still holds a tenuous lead.
"Right now I'm pretty open with the coaching change but State, that's where I plan on going unless I get a better offer," he said. "I haven't had a chance to talk to any of the coaches (from State) since I've been down here."
The school State will have to keep the closest eye on is Clemson, and the Tigers have enjoyed quite a bit of success in North Carolina this year. Linney said he's watching them as well and waiting to see if they come through with an offer.
"I'm looking at Clemson and they said they've got it down to three defensive tackles to offer within the next couple of weeks," he said. "Clemson is where I wanted to go when I first started so if I get that offer, I'll look into Clemson and then make my decision."
Taylorsville (NC) Alexander Central Defensive Tackle Kyle Linney