Klein Ready for Kickoff

Licking Valley's Storm Klein became the first member of the 2009 class to be offered a scholarship by Ohio State. Klein, who was offered at summer camp, is preparing to start his junior campaign this Friday night.

Storm Klein is already a household name in Ohio recruiting circles. Pretty amazing for a player who has two seasons of high school football left to play. Just as amazing is the fact that Klein has already been offered a scholarship to play at Ohio State. He was offered by Jim Tressel last summer after camp. Klein spoke about his upcoming season at Licking Valley.

"I'm ready for the season to get started," Klein began. "I'm learning the importance of watching film and I've done a lot of that this summer. I've also done a lot lifting and running. I'm 6' 3" and I weigh 225 pounds. I played at 215 last year, but I feel better at this weight. I'm faster too. I ran a 4.55 forty at the Ohio State camp but I know I'm faster than I was at camp." Klein is hearing from most of the top colleges in the country. Surprisingly, Ohio State is the only school to offer him a scholarship at this point. He has been invited to attend games at various colleges this fall, but Klein is unsure if he will accept.

"I have no plans to go to any other schools at this time," he said. "That could be a possibility, but I have nothing set. If another school would offer, I might go check them out, if Ohio State was playing on the road that day. I'll be at every Ohio State home game again this year."

Klein has become friends with Jordan Whiting, a linebacker prospect from Louisville, Kentucky. Whiting, out of Trinity High School, also has an Ohio State offer. The two of them were in Columbus last Saturday viewing the Buckeye scrimmage. Whiting spent the night at Klein's house after the scrimmage.

"We had a great time on Saturday," Klein explained. "Jordan was with me in camp and he was an awesome player. I knew they would offer him. He spent the night on Saturday and we talked about going to the same school together. I think he has an offer from Kentucky, but he loves Ohio State. He's coming to Ohio State and he will commit early. I'm still not sure what I'll do. I'll talk with my parents and we'll come to a decision. We talked with Luke Fickell together. He told Jordan to watch the Will linebacker spot. They told me to watch the Mike linebacker position. Coach Fickell told us we are the two linebackers they want at this point."

Klein also spoke about his goals for himself and his team in 2007. Licking Valley begins play this Friday at home against Zanesville.

"Right now, the most important thing to me is to win a state championship," Klein stated emphatically. "That's my only goal to tell you the truth. I don't have any individual goals. I just want to win every game. I've got two years left, but I want to win it this year. We have a lot of potential this year. We could be really good."

Klein will be called on to do more this year at Licking Valley. He is prepared to take on that challenge. In addition to being an All-Ohio tailback, he will be counted on to play middle linebacker full time this season. He only played defense in a limited role last season.

"I will be on the field more this year," he admitted. "I think I'll be out there all the time. If I get any breaks at all it will be on offense this year. I'm bigger and stronger and I know I can do it. I'll be playing middle linebacker and I should have some freedom to chase the football and make plays. I was a little more laid back last year, but this year I will raise my intensity to another level. I plan on being a lot better player this year. I feel good about my play after the first two scrimmages. I think I'm faster to the football defensively."

With his good friend Jordan Whiting planning on committing early, might Klein be joining him as an early commit? He has long been rumored as a strong Buckeye lean and he doesn't hide his love for the Buckeyes. He admitted to speaking with John Simon, from Youngstown Cardinal Mooney. Simon is the Ohioan who has been offered by the Buckeyes.

"I really don't know what I'm going to do," Klein admitted. "I'd kind of like to get it over with, but I don't have a definite time frame yet. It's no secret I love Ohio State. I talk with John Simon a lot. I haven't met him yet, but he seems like a great guy to talk to. It would be neat to go to the same school as guys I know and like. We will just have to see what happens and how my parents feel about the whole thing. I'm mostly just concerned about winning football games at Licking Valley."

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