Shasteen's Move to OL is Paying Off

Mendocino (Calif.) College offensive lineman Kyle Shasteen (6-4, 292) is no stranger to moving around, having gone to no less than fifteen schools in his lifetime. He's moved from school to school and he has also swapped positions.

With another strong season at Mendocino, Shasteen will add at least one more to the list, as several colleges are interested in adding the athletic lineman to their roster for the final two years of his collegiate career.

"I've been talking to Louisville a lot.  I was going to take a visit there, but I wanted to take care of my school.  LSU has been talking to me as well," said Shasteen.

Besides the Cardinals and Tigers, Shasteen has been receiving interest from Oregon, Oregon State, Tulsa and Missouri.

"Louisville wanted to talk with me about a verbal commitment, but I wanted to square away my academics and wait for summer school.  So I will be visiting there probably in the fall."

UTEP is another school that has been showing interest in Shasteen, with head coach Mike Price remembering Shasteen from his days at Washington State.  Idaho and Dennis Erickson has also been keeping a watch.

Shasteen graduated from Cascade High in Seattle, Wash., in 2002 and was getting some interest from Washington State but decided to go to City College of San Francisco for a year.  He ended up at Mendo, where he greyshirted the 2003 season then received a medical redshirt in 2004, finally returning to the field in 2005, where he had a fine season.

Now, slated to graduate in December, he will have the chance to play past this year and he'll have two years to complete his final two seasons.

"I run a 4.92 so I can play guard or center.  I played receiver and tight end until my senior year (in high school).  Last year, I played tackle and definitely held my own.  When I came to Mendo, I was a tight end running a 4.84 and our head coach said he wanted to try me at OL, since I've always been physical.  I got a feel for how they ran it," said Shasteen. 

Shasteen's grandfather, Alvin Chang, was a quarterback at Stanford back in the 1940's.  Stanford was a school that he grew up watching.  Now he is watching California, as his good friend Joe Ayoob is a quarterback for the Bears.  He's also an Oakland native, having been born there.

If all goes as planned, Shasteen will take all five of his official visits.

"In my mind, the more the merrier.  That's probably the best way to feel a school and see how the coaches are," said Shasteen.  "I'm not trying to put any pressure on myself, just feel it out as I go and see where I best fit in.


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