Tight end/defensive end/linebacker Kyle Baublitz put up monster statistics in his junior season and it's because of one simple thing: He listened to his coach.
"My coach always says to run to the ball so every play I always tried to get to the ball and make the play," Baublitz said.
The York (Pa.) Central York prospect has become a hot commodity on the recruiting trail with close to 20 offers because he plays with an aggressive style and he gets things done on the field. He finished with 166 tackles last season and is included among the top 250 juniors by Rivals.com.
Most recently, Baublitz has visited Maryland, Pittsburgh, Virginia and Penn State and this summer he plans to see more schools in the Midwest and possibly the South. Michigan, Florida State, Illinois, Rutgers, Boston College, Stanford, West Virginia and many others are also in the mix.
His recent trip to Penn State stood out because he enjoyed the fan support at the Nittany Lions' spring game. Estimates had about 76,500 people in attendance at Beaver Stadium for last weekend's scrimmage.
"I thought it was neat how they were doing autographs before the game and there was tailgating at 9 a.m. and the game was at 2," Baublitz said. "They're recruiting me at defensive end and I've been talking to coach (Larry) Johnson. I'm interested in Penn State."
Some schools like Baublitz, a 6-foot-4, 254-pound recruit, at defensive end, some are looking at him at linebacker and some have expressed interest in tight end.
He prefers to play on the defensive side of the ball and so when Virginia told him recently they've settled on defensive end, that was good news for the Cavaliers in his recruitment.
"I'd say defensive end, but it doesn't matter," said Baublitz, rated as the No. 117 recruit by Rivals.com. "I just like to be on the defensive side of the ball but some teams are saying offense."
Baublitz also visited Pittsburgh and Maryland recently and enjoyed both campuses. He recently told Rivals.com that his plan is to have a decision out of the way by the end of summer but Baublitz also said that there are no favorites at this point.