Wis. athlete looking for offers

Kevin Rotherham plays three positions — and is being recruited at all of them

Kevin Rotherham, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound class of 2007 prospect at Notre Dame Academy, a private high school in Green Bay, Wis., had a unique setup on the gridiron last season.

Rotherham started both ways, playing safety on defense, while splitting time between quarterback and wide receiver on offense. Rotherham played quarterback during the first and third quarters and wide receiver in the second and fourth quarters.

"I liked it a lot," Rotherham said in a telephone interview this week. "It was really fun."

Rotherham was named all-area as a wide receiver and all-conference at safety. He said he is receiving interest from Michigan State, Iowa, Illinois, Purdue, Wisconsin, Western Michigan, Ball State, Kansas State, Colorado, Wyoming and North Dakota State. He has not yet received a scholarship offer.

"What they say to my coach is… some schools say I could play receiver (or) strong safety and some schools are still looking at me for quarterback," Rotherham said.

Does he have any favorites?

"Big Ten would be nice. I would like that," Rotherham said. "But… anything where I can just go play sports (Division I)."

Rotherham is also receiving interest for baseball (he plays shortstop and pitcher) from Kentucky, Michigan State and Indiana State. And North Dakota State and several in-state Division III programs have contacted him for basketball.

Rotherham said he would be interested in playing baseball and football in college if the opportunity presented itself.

"If the coach would let me, I'd love that," he said. "But I don't know if the coach would let me do that. That would be real nice."

At a combine this spring in Stevens Point, Wis., Rotherham recorded a 31-inch vertical jump and an electronically timed 4.8-second 40-yard dash. He said his best hand-timed 40-yard dash is a 4.6.

Rotherham said he wants to improve his bench press in preparation for a Nike camp he is attending June 10. He currently can do four repetitions at 185 pounds. "I've got to get that up," he said. "I know I will though."

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