When Kalvin Cline announced in late May that he was going to attend Virginia Tech, I watched a couple of minutes of his highlight film and then promptly put him on the backburner. I thought his film was good, from what I watched, but after seeing him in person on Saturday at the Tech camp, and after (finally) watching his complete highlight tape, I feel like the Hokies got a steal from the state of Florida.
Cline’s verbal was announced on May 31, more than two months after Signing Day. Remember, he’s a 2013 recruit, not 2014. As we all know by now, Scot Loeffler likes to use a lot of two tight end sets, and right now there is a shortage of proven players in the program at that position. Cline likely won’t be able to help this year, but he has the physical ability to be a good player for the Hokies on either side of the ball.
Cline, who attended Pine Crest High School in Fort Lauderdale, is a raw talent. Virginia Tech was fortunate enough to find him for a couple of reasons:
1) Jeff Grimes did his homework. He was looking at film, he knew the Hokies had a need at tight end, and when he came across Cline he recommended him to the offensive staff.
“We got a call two Mondays ago from Coach Grimes,” Pine Crest head coach Jim 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 Thursday].”
You’ve got to hand it to Grimey, as he’s called. Tech’s new offensive line coach has certainly made an impact thus far.
2) Cline did not play football until his senior season. In an age where most 1-A recruits make a commitment before their senior season even begins, nobody knew who Cline was until his season was over. By that point, many schools have already filled up their classes and don’t have any available scholarships. Fortunately, Virginia Tech had one available.
One look at his highlight tape shows why Jeff Grimes liked Cline.
Cline was used as a wide receiver, and he caught a lot of passes. His team especially liked to use him on slants, and he can reach up and pluck a ball out of the air with his hands. He seems like he has natural receiving ability. There are also many highlight plays of him blocking...
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