DE/TE eyes transition from futbol to football

MOST SOCCER PLAYERS earn their notice for potential as D-IA football players at the kicker, or punter positions. Not so for one 6-4, 220-pounder out of Bellingham. The DE/TE earned AP first team all-state recognition as a junior. He recently took in the sights and sounds of Pullman during Washington State's Junior Day, and there are 6-plus minutes of highlight tape to check out.

Andrei Lintz (6-4, 220, 4.67) was born in Russia, where his grandfather was a professional soccer player, coming over to the States when he was six years old. A lifelong soccer player himself, he first buckled up a chinstrap as a freshman.

Until last year, Lintz was the big foot at Meridian High, earning first team all league honors as a punter his sophomore year. As a junior, however, he exploded onto the scene during Meridian's state championship season.

At tight end, Lintz caught 49 passes for 718 yards and a school record 16 touchdowns, earning all-district, all-Whatcom County and Class 1A all-state AP honors on offense, first-team all-district and AP Honorable Mention all-state on defense.

Because he plays against Class 1-A competition, probably the first hurdle Lintz will have to overcome is showing schools he's ready to make the jump to D-IA and the Pac-10. To that end, he's been busy this spring visiting area schools and contacting coaches via email.

Lintz has taken unofficial visits to Washington, Idaho, Montana and earlier this month, to Washington State for the Cougars' Junior Day.

"I got to meet with all the coaches, it seems like a very good school. I spoke to Timm Rosenbach and then the tight ends coach, Greg Peterson. They haven't really seen my tape yet so I'm waiting to hear back from them and what they say. I got to also go and meet the Idaho head coach, he said he liked me and they were going to try hard to recruit me," said Lintz.

Lintz' good footwork can be attributed to being a varsity basketball player and playing soccer his whole life. With football, however, his athleticism is what has stood out.

"Mainly, the schools talked about my size and that I'm pretty athletic for a big guy," he said.

The summer will probably be a key time for Lintz in his recruitment as camps and combines get underway and he goes up against competition from larger class schools. He's in the process of planning his schedule with the Edge combine and his team camp at Western the early entries.

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