A Range of Options

Although being listed as a defensive lineman, Central York (Pa.) linebacker Kyle Baublitz has the ability and mobility to make an impact all over the field. With those type of characteristics, it's no surprise that Baublitz holds 19-plus offers, ranging from the Big East to the Big Ten.

MADISON – Central York High School's Kyle Baublitz is an interesting prospect.

Manning the middle linebacker position for York, the 6-foot-5, 245-pound prospect is mobile enough and talented enough to earn a first-team spot on the Class 4A All-State team. With a 4.9 40-yard dash, Baublitz has the ability to cause problems off the edge.

Baublitz also has the size and hands to be a success at either offensive line or catching passes at tight end. With four possible positions that schools are recruiting Baublitz for, there's no question where the talented player wants to play.

"Everybody seems to want something different, but I would really like to play on the defensive side of the ball at either defensive end or linebacker," Baublitz told Badger Nation. "Defense seems a lot more fun because you are doing stunts and stuff and you have to react to the offensive line. Plus, there's less penalties called on the defense than the offense. The offensive line knows what they need to do and it's your goal to mess that up. That seems really fun to me and causing some problems."

Although not highly ranked on the recruiting map, Baublitz has been hauling in plenty of offers, as schools like Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, Maryland and Virginia are all after his services.

"I am up to 18 or 19 offers," Baublitz said. "I am positive and happy about this, but it's going to take a lot of hard work to try to cut down which offers I want to choose. It's going to be hard for me to just narrow down my choices. I really don't know when I am going to start."

One of those offers Baublitz is interested in is from Wisconsin. Being recruited by tight end coach Joe Rudolph, Baublitz gets a letter from Rudolph or the coaching staff at least once a week. Having already visited Boston College, Clemson, Maryland, Michigan, Penn State and Pittsburgh, Baublitz is interested in what the Badgers offer.

"Pretty much our contact has been through a lot of letters I have been receiving from him and Wisconsin," Baublitz said. "I don't know a lot about the Badgers but I plan on learning more. Most of my interest so far has been locally from Pittsburgh, Virginia, Penn State and Maryland."

Although most of his attention has been from schools on the East Coast, Baublitz is starting to get his education on the Big Ten. In addition to Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern and Penn State have all extended an offer to the versatile player.

"I think the Big Ten would be a good fit for me," Baublitz said. "It's a great conference that has success when they run the football and that would be a good challenge for me."

Although offers continue to role in, Baublitz is hoping to get his offer list trimmed down in the next month and possibly do some summer camps. While he may not be sure of his summer plans, Baublitz knows that he wants to make his verbal commitment before the start of his senior season.

"I want to be able to put that behind me and get my focus on my final high school season," Baublitz said. "I think our team can do all right. It's just a matter of everyone being eligible and being focused in the off season."


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