Injury alters summer plans for TE/DE

St. Louis Lindbergh class of 2007 tight end/defensive end prospect, who is also receiving basketball interest, suffered a pulled hamstring during his first individual camp of the "summer" season, and will need time to recuperate.

Tyler Kiel had every reason to be excited for the football camp he attended on Monday. It was at Kansas University, one of the schools that has shown the most interest in the 6-foot-5, 215-pound class of 2007 prospect from St. Louis's Lindbergh High School. And the Jayhawks were going to work him out at both tight end and defensive end to see at which position they would prefer to recruit him.

"They were going to have me run half the camp at defense and half the camp at offense," Kiel said in a telephone interview Thursday afternoon.

Kiel's camp experience in Lawrence, however, was over before a half hour had ticked off the clock.

"I was at (Missouri's) football team camp and then went from there (and) drove to KU's one-day camp and I was running my 40 and pulled my hamstring. So I've got to take the rest of this month off…

"They tested me on my vertical and shuttle run, and I was running my 40 and went down like I got shot — pulled my hamstring."

Kiel has already begun rehabbing his injured hamstring but he had to cancel his camp plans for the rest of June.

"This month I was going to go to Indiana and Northwestern and Ball State," he said. "But I can't do those any more."

Kiel said that Kansas and Northwestern are his current favorites. The Jayhawks, he said, "are showing me a lot of interest."

"Right now I like KU a lot (and) Northwestern," Kiel said. "I was going to go visit there. But right now I like KU a lot."

He is also receiving interest from several other Division I football programs, including Indiana, Michigan State, Wisconsin and Illinois. He called Wisconsin's current interest in him "mild." Last month, he received phone calls from football coaches at Kansas, Ball State and Indiana.

Kiel is also receiving interest from basketball programs such as Butler, Southern Illinois and Drake. Last season Kiel averaged 12.9 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.4 steals per game, while playing a wing position. He said he does not have a preference between football and basketball. "I love both of them," he said.

On the gridiron Kiel played tight end, linebacker and defensive end. He caught two passes for 14 yards and had 42 tackles and two sacks.

Most college programs, Kiel said, are recruiting him to play tight end.


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