Kline: Schiano "a coach I'd like to play for"

Dallastown (Pa.) High linebacker Ben Kline took an unofficial visit to the Rutgers campus earlier this week, and he said he got plenty out of it. During the visit, one of the things he did was spend a great deal of time talking with coach Greg Schiano, and he came away very impressed. Kline talks about the trip, and also addresses the notion he is favoring Pittsburgh in the recruiting process.

It was the conversations Dallastown (Pa.) High linebacker Ben Kline had with several members of Rutgers' coaching staff, including coach Greg Schiano, that stood out about his unofficial visit to the school this week.

Kline got to see the campus, the facilities, learn more about the graduation rate and academic programs at Rutgers, but it was the conversations he had with strength and conditions coach Jay Butler, outside linebackers coach Tem Lukabu and Schiano that grabbed his attention.

"Definitely spending time with the strength coach, and spending time with coach Schiano and also talking to coach Lukabu are the three things that were the highlight of it for me,'' Kline said. "(Schiano) was explaining to me where he thought the program was going, the vision he had, how he planned to get where he wants to go. It was good. I really liked everything he had to say.

"He seems like a coach I'd like to play for, and somebody I really get along with.''

It doesn't mean Kline didn't pay attention to the rest of his visit, though.

"It was really productive,'' he said. "I got a lot done, and met everyone I wanted to meet. I really got a lot out of it.''

Kline holds from Rutgers, Boston College, Michigan, Maryland, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt and West Virginia. And while there has been speculation he would opt for Pittsburgh, he said that is merely conjecture and he isn't close to having a favorite.

"I like Pitt and it's definitely one of the schools I could wind up at, but I'm not going to go out on a limb and say they're my No. 1 or anything,'' Kline said. "I want to see the other places. I like Pitt, but that is not something I'm comfortable saying.

"I haven't sat down and done the pros and cons thing with my family, and really talked to my high school coach. If people are saying that, they need to call me and tell me what the hell I should do because I have no clue.''

The academic reputation will not play a huge role in his decision, and he cited his desire to major in either criminal justice or education as the reason. He said a bachelor's degree in either major is fine because of the career he wants to pursue.

"I'd like to go into federal law enforcement, if I do go the criminal justice path,'' said Kline, who then addressed his teaching desire. "I like working with kids this age. I always thought I'd like to teach, and I think I would enjoy teaching high school kids more than I would teaching elementary or middle school kids.

"Either history or physical education (are the teaching choices), but right now I'm leaning more the history route if I go into education.''

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