Position Projection

A sturdy Pennsylvania defender who projects to move down a row on defense received an offer from West Virginia over the weekend.

Kyle Baublitz, who mans the middle linebacker spot for his Central York High School team, visited WVU over the weekend and received a scholarship offer.

"The visit was really good. I got to see the football facilities, the weight room and the Hall of Fame," Baublitz reported. "Then we went in the locker rooms with the team and went out on the field before the game. While I was there, they offered me a scholarship."

The offer, which Baublitz added to ones from Clemson, Boston College and Pittsburgh, probably won't be the last for the defensive prospect. Although he's playing middle linebacker for Central York, he projects as a defensive end in college. At six feet, five inches, he has the height and frame to fill out from his current weight of 245 pounds, and the fact that he's mobile enough to play linebacker (4.9 in the 40-yard dash), should also make him a good pass rush prospect off the edge.

Baublitz also plays tight end for Central York, but he has always been a defensive guy at heart.

"I like tackling people. It's always fun playing on defense, you don't get holding calls," he said with a laugh. "It's just more physical. I have always liked that, and always liked playing defense.

"I played a little bit on the defensive line, but I was moved back to linebacker. But I still think I can make the move down to the line in college."

Although Baublitz is still wide open on his college choice, he does say that he is very interested in West Virginia.

"Bill Kirelawich is my recruiting coach, and he is a nice guy. West Virginia just kind of felt like a home town to me. I was really comfortable there."

Baublitz plans to visit as many schools as he can to find out what they have to offer.

"I've been to Michigan and Penn State games, and I visited South Carolina, Clemson and Boston College over the summer. I haven't narrowed anything down yet, and I haven't set any timetables for making a decision.

"When I do start to narrow things down, academics, atmosphere and the football program are some of the important factors for me. I'm interested in secondary education right now, but that could change."

With a 3.93 GPA, Baublitz will likely have his pick of majors, not to mention schools, and will have no trouble qualifying.


Baublitz's team is off to a good start at 4-1, and should be in good position to make the playoffs.

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