NIACC's Staudt hopeful as recruiting picks up

A huge lineman that is starting to get some four-year schools to look at him is North Iowa Area Community College's Kyle Staudt (6-5, 300). He's only a freshman, but because he qualified out of high school he's looking to possibly garner a D-1 offer and head to a new school this spring.

"I just didn't get any division one looks my senior year," Staudt told "I had a ton of D-2 schools calling me and talking to me, but my dream was to play D-1 ball so I decided to come to NIACC."

Staudt played at Charles City High School in Iowa and said he chose NIACC because of the coaches and because it's close to home.

"They coaching staff here is really good and I feel like they can help me develop my skills," Staudt said. "I really enjoy my time here, but I want to go to a four-year, D-1 school because that's what I've always wanted to do."

Staudt plays right tackle for the Trojans and said he can play inside or outside, depending on where he ends up.

"I just love to play the game," Staudt said. "I can play guard or tackle – wherever they need me is where I'll play."

Staudt claims a 5.4 forty time and a 350-pound max on the bench.

"I've worked on my strength a lot," Staudt says. "If I don't get a good D-1 offer I'll stay here another year and work on my strength and be ready to go for 2007."

Western Illinois, Northern Iowa, Iowa State and San Diego State have all come calling and, while none have offered, Staudt said they may be getting close.

"I'm not sure what will happen but all of them seem like they like me a lot," Staudt said. "I can leave whenever so whoever wants me to be there for spring, they can have me then."

If he leaves in January, Staudt would have four years to play three and he wants to major in Physical Education wherever he ends up.

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