Indiana high schools fight for respect and have continued to build on a new legacy of developing fast and strong athletes. What scouts have noticed about Bryce Kiser is his quick explosiveness that carries over from his track success onto the football field. Some would say the only problem is he excels on Indiana's smallest high school football stage…class 1A football.
It seems that small school athletes have to shake the first inclination of a college scout to think that since the athlete plays on a small stage, he is behind those players from bigger conferences. But, it is easy to make the following argument: if you are a good coach, that gap can be bridged quickly if the athlete you recruit has D1 athleticism. Bryce Kiser has that, much like Nick Zachery of Sheridan had it when IU offered him in the summer of 2008.
Kiser was an All-State player at defensive end making the Indiana football Coaches Association All-State team as a junior. He is within 1,300 yards of being the all-time rushing leader for Pioneer High School. That is what is fun about playing class 1A football - you go both ways if you are any good. Pioneer's head coach, Mike Johnson, told Indiana Varsity Scout, "He is as solid of a football player as I have ever coached. He is a leader by example and has done everything we have ever asked of him."
His best 40 time reported is 4.83 (laser). He rushed last season for 1,726 yards on 228 carries, which translates to 7.6 yards per carry. Form his defensive end position, Kiser had 5 sacks and 12 tackles for loss of yardage. What it really boils down to is that Indiana Varsity Scout couldn't let his football talent slip between the cracks. Kiser has a pedigree as his father, Aaron, and Uncle Bran were D1 track stars at Purdue. But it is no secret, Bryce plans on making his mark in football.
"My ultimate goal is to help our team win a Class 1A state title in 2009," Bryce confided. "When we were beaten by Sheridan last year, we competed all 4 quarters and we came out of that game with a lot of confidence pointed toward 2009," Bryce told IVS. With the change of the playoff system, Pioneer will be one of the top teams coming out of the north, while Sheridan is now coming out of the south.
Bryce will be attending several camps this summer. He told me that he has a passion for playing football somewhere. He is the kind of athlete you like to coach because when asked where he would like to play, he said, "wherever they want me." He will be attending camps at Ball State and Purdue. He has solid interest in Indiana and specifically mentioned Illinois State. Also mentioned were NAIA power St. Francis and Dayton University.
Sometimes in this job you wonder how many players slip through the cracks. It is easy to tell that the risk factor on Bryce Kiser is not extremely high. You've got to like a player whose resume includes working at the lumber yard and the family farm. "Work" being the optimum word for Bryce Kiser.