Dakota Safety Gets Two Offers

Macomb Dakota won a state championship last season and one of the keys to that run was the play of free safety Kyle DeMaster. Recently, he was rewarded for his play with his first two scholarship offers.

Winning a state championship is always a rewarding experience. To be an integral part of the success though is an even more exhilarating experience. Kyle DeMaster knows that feeling as his contributions were invaluable in helping Macomb Dakota to the Division 1 state title last season.

"Kyle possesses a keen knowledge of the game and finds a way to put himself in the position to make plays," Dakota head coach Mike Gainnone said, "Just to highlight Kyle's versatility, he has played quarterback, is on special teams and will be a receiver or quaterback for our 2007 team."

Although he is an offensive talent as well, most schools are recruiting him as a defensive back. DeMaster started every game last season at free safety and will man that spot again. He posted gaudy stats a year ago, collecting 102 tackles, 6 interceptions (with 3 going for touchdowns), 2 forced fumbles and 2 recoveries. With the free safety spot often being known as the "quarterback of the secondary," and Kyle being a natural leader, it was no surprise that he was named a captain for the 2007 team. All of those accomplishments have schools around the midwest taking notice.

" I have offers from Eastern Michigan, Ball State," DeMaster said, "and I'm getting a lot of interest from other MAC schools."

The next step for him will be attending a number of camps and combines this summer in an effort to continue to get his name out to coaches.

"The one day camps I am going to are Eastern Michigan, Bowling Green, Ball State, Central Michigan, Miami-Ohio and Western Michigan," he reported, "but I want to get out to the Big Ten one day camps where everybody is and get more exposure to the bigger programs."

Hence, he will also attend the Michigan State camp and may stop be Michigan's camp for a day. Then maybe those programs and their respective staffs will be able to see what Gainnone already has.

"Kyle has competed on the basketball court and on track with great passion. His dedication to getting stronger and faster was visible during his summer workouts and so far this off-season. Kyle is a winner!"

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