Schafenacker's versatility key in recruitment

Florida offensive lineman Kyle Schafenacker will be a crucial pickup for any school because of his ability to play all five positions on the offensive line. Right now Schafenacker holds two offers from SMU and South Carolina and plans to visit both this summer...

Kyle Schafenacker picked up an offer from SMU a couple weeks ago.

It was his second, as he had already held one from South Carolina.

The offensive lineman from St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) has also been receiving interest from Boston College, Wisconsin, Miami, Florida State and Louisville.

The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Schafenacker has been invited to a couple junior days, but has only attended the one at FSU.

"It went really well, I liked it a lot," he said. "I met all the coaches and checked out the school and it was great."

As his recruitment begins to pick up, Schafenacker is planning a couple visits. This summer he plans to go to a camp at South Carolina and take officials to SMU and BC.

Schafenacker, who plays tackle in high school, can play all five positions on the line. His versatility would be a key pick-up for SMU, as they need to develop depth on their offensive line these next few years.

Schafenacker has been in contact with Derrick Odum. He said the two had a great conversation when he received the Mustangs' offer.

"He said SMU is a great route to the NFL," Schafenacker said. "They have great academics, great football and they're moving to the Big East. All good things."

It doesn't matter that Dallas is about 1,300 miles from Fort Lauderdale. Schafenacker will go wherever the opportunity to receive a full scholarship is and would definitely go out of state.

Schafenacker, who says his strengths are his feet, drive and knowledge of the game, believes he would fit well in June Jones' Run and Shoot offense because of his pass-blocking skills.

"I know they need good pass-blocking to give the quarterback time," he said. "I feel I'd fit in well with that system."

During the spring, Schafenacker is focusing on football. Before the college interest began coming in, he played baseball in the offseason, but now it's all about football.

"I want to get stronger and faster for the [upcoming] season," he said. "I'm hitting the weights a lot. I work out twice a day, everyday."

Schafenacker said he works out in the mornings with his teammates and then after school on his own. At 280 lbs. right now, he'd like to get to 290 and even push 300 before the season starts.

Schafenacker, who has a 3.92 GPA, hopes to major in engineering in college.

From FOXSports/Scout.com recruiting analyst Mike Bakas:

Playing on a high school team that has probably produced the most Division 1 offensive linemen in this state over the last 10 years, Schafenacker is the next one in line. Although he plays tackle in high school, he has the skillset to play guard, center, or even tackle. He could project best at either guard or tackle in college.

He's very strong, has a tremendous understanding of how to play the game, carries a very good work ethic on and off the field, he's an excellent student, and is in a very competitive environment every day. Those are just some of the reasons why he's considered a major college prospect. He already has two Division 1 offers and expect him to land several more through spring, as he emerges as one of the premier offensive line prospects in South Florida for the 2013 class.


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