Pine Crest (Fort Lauderdale, FL) head coach Jim Pletcher finally got his wish last spring, when Kalvin Cline , a standout basketball player at the school, decided to give football a try.
“First of all with him, he is a 2-time all-county basketball player,” Pletcher said of the 6’5″ Cline, a class of 2013 prospect who just committed to Virginia Tech. “I stalked him for three years, but he had that basketball dream of going to play ACC basketball. He is one heck of an athlete. He didn’t start playing until this time last year. He came out in the spring, had a real nice spring, and got in the weight room real hard starting last April. He’s a natural.”
Cline, whose father, Mike, played defensive tackle at Arkansas State, enjoyed his first and only season on the gridiron. Ultimately, he spurned basketball scholarship opportunities at Florida Gulf Coast and Richmond and went with football as his future sport.
“It’s a different feel completely,” Cline said, comparing football to basketball. “I had never played football until last year, but it came natural. My father played, so I guess that’s why. It was a great experience.”
Cline’s athletic ability was on full display last season, as he played multiple positions while helping Pine Crest to a 9-2 overall record.
“He was a wide receiver, defensive end, kick returner and punt returner,” Pletcher said of Cline. “Again, keep in mind he only played 11 games of high school football. To me, the whole upside is there. I know in Tech’s strength program, he’s about 240 right now and he’ll be 255 this time next year.”
Coach Pletcher served as JMU’s defensive coordinator from 1985-1995 and was William & Mary’s defensive coordinator for one season before taking the Pine Crest job in 2005. He knows Virginia Tech’s Bud Foster and Bryan Stinespring very well. But two weeks ago, it was one of Tech’s most recent hires who called to express interest in Cline.
“We got a call two Mondays ago from Coach Grimes,” Pletcher recalled. “He was off on the road, looking at film, and he said they were still looking for a tight end. He called me about [Cline], one thing led to another, and Kalvin committed [on...
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