Linney Headed to Hargrave

The final test results are in and Kyle Linney knows his destination. The standout Taylorsville (NC) Alexander Central defensive tackle will spend the fall semester at Chatham (VA) Hargrave Military Academy.

Taylorsville (NC) Alexander Central defensive tackle Kyle Linney will spend the fall semester at Chatham (VA) Hargrave Military Academy after failing to achieve a qualifying test score.

"I'm not in summer school at State because I've got to go to Hargrave for a semester," said Linney. "They told me I would be able to go to State in January. I found out sometime last month that I had to go to Hargrave because of my scores."

Linney has been in discussions with officials at Hargrave about enrolling at the prep school next month.

"We haven't had time to talk about the football program, but we've just talked about the paperwork," Linney said. "We haven't got into details about what all I'm going to do up there."

At 6-foot-3 and 285 pounds, Linney impressed last spring with his quickness and strength. After a senior season where he was tabbed all-conference, he was selected to play in the 2007 Shrine Bowl.

Facing some of the best talent in South Carolina, Linney was one of the surprise stars for the North Carolina squad. He was explosive from his nose guard spot, recording a tackle for loss, three tackles, and several quarterback hurries. He was routinely in the South Carolina backfield and did a good job of helping to disrupt the Sandlapper offense.

Linney didn't receive much recruiting attention or exposure at Alexander Central, a high school in Alexander County. That will change at Hargrave, a routine stop for college recruiters.

Although he will be a recruitable athlete and other colleges are sure to come calling, Linney maintains that his commitment to NC State will remain firm.

"I'm still going to go to State," said Linney. "I've always wanted to go there. I still have a chance to go. I just want to make the best of it."

Shrine Bowl Scouting Report: "Kyle Linney surprised me with his size, and is certainly 6-3/285 and will be a solid contributor as a nose tackle in college. He has some skinny legs that will need to add some muscle to before getting pushed back in the middle of he line. Plays very low off the ball and active in the middle with his hands and footwork moving laterally. A bit inconsistent, shows flashes of his potential against the run. Plays hard." -- Recruiting Analyst Miller Safrit

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