September 1, 2010

Kalis plans OSU visit

The last time Ohio State signed an offensive lineman out of St. Edward High School in Lakewood, Ohio, the Buckeyes struck gold with Alex Boone, a five-star prospect. Boone, a USA Today and Parade All-American, went on to start 35 games in his Ohio State career.

Now the Buckeyes have their eyes on yet another top line prospect at the school. This time it's Kyle Kalis, a 6-foot-5, 305-pound junior right tackle.

Kalis, who holds a verbal offer from Pittsburgh, hopes to add several more offers to his collection on Wednesday, the first day juniors officially can receive written scholarship offers.

"Who knows what schools I'm going to be in contact with and be getting offers from," Kalis said. "I'm just trying to focus on the season right now, though."

A strong performance at Pittsburgh's camp this summer prompted the Panthers to extend a verbal offer. The following week Kalis camped at Ohio State and left a positive impression on the Buckeyes' coaching staff.

"I did really good there," Kalis said. "Out of 400 kids (the Ohio State coaches) ranked me as the No. 1 kid there, so that was fun."

Since that camp Kalis has remained in close contact with the Buckeyes. He's also heard from other top programs in Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame and Penn State, among others.

"Right now I'm definitely in the most contact with Ohio State," Kalis said. "I call them week to week and let them know where I stand and just getting to know them. If all goes well, based off of what they've told me, I might be in store for an offer."

The Eagles kicked off their 2010 season with a 35-28 win over Mentor on Saturday at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

A fast start gave the Eagles a 21-7 lead, but they were forced to make a goal line stand late in the game. Mentor drove the ball inside the Eagles 5 but St. Edward recovered a fumble with just 32 seconds left in the game to secure the victory.

"Obviously, it's great to get our first win, especially against Mentor and to do it in the Browns stadium was just amazing," Kalis said. "It's a huge step for the whole team for the season and St. Ed's. Our motto this year is start fast and finish strong and that's what we did in the game. I had complete faith in my defense to come up big on that final defensive stand."

During the game Kalis often found himself pitted against Mentor junior defensive lineman Tom Strobel, another top junior who holds an early verbal offer from the University of Cincinnati.

"I performed extremely well and I feel I did my part to limit his success on the field that day," Kalis said. "I'm not going to lie, it felt good when I beat him."

Over the summer Kalis worked hard to improve his strength and speed as well as his technique. Through one game he feels good about where he is physically.

"Individually, I think I did pretty well and showcased all my hard work in the off-season," he said. "I think I got to the second level well and finished my blocks well, but there is always more to improve on and get better from."

Kalis plans to return to Columbus on Sept. 11 when the Buckeyes host Miami.

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