October 26, 2011

Kalis building relationships with fellow commits

Throughout his junior year of high school, Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward's Kyle Kalis was expecting to play his college ball at Ohio State. Things changed for the four-star offensive tackle when Buckeyes head coach Jim Tressel resigned in the wake of NCAA violations surrounding the program. Kalis softened his commitment to the Buckeyes shortly after Tressel's resignation, and ultimately decommitted in favor of Michigan on July 10.

Some Ohio State partisans have been hopeful that Kalis would reconsider his commitment once more, switching his pledge back to the Buckeyes. According to Kalis, that's not going to happen.

In his time as a Michigan commitment, Kalis has been able to forge relationships with several of his future teammates. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, he's been able to become friends with those as far away as California.

"Mags" refers to Carlsbad (Calif.) La Costa Canyon offensive lineman Erik Magnuson. The two will play on the line together at the college level, a prospect that they find exciting. Both are considered top-10 offensive tackles in the 2012 class by Rivals.com, and are part of Michigan's five-man offensive line class, currently considered tops in the nation at the position.

Kalis might even see playing time as a true freshman. The 6-5, 300-pounder has a college-ready body, and though he has more room to add muscle down the road, he could step in and play immediately. He has the drive-blocking ability to dominate at guard, and the quick feet needed to be an excellent offensive tackle. If he wants to contribute early in college, he's going to have to stay healthy. That hasn't been easy in his senior season.

Those minor injuries didn't prevent him from performing well in a 42-27 victory over Cincinnati Moeller this weekend. Kalis has plenty of time to heal up before he sees the field in Ann Arbor, and Michigan fans are hoping that he's ready to contribute right away.

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