VTF Countdown: #19 Kalvin Cline

by JustinC on August 12, 2013 · 1 comment

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With 19 days until Virginia Tech faces Alabama in the Georgia Dome, we turn our attention to no. 19 on roster Mr. Kalvin Cline. Cline was a late addition to the 2013 recruiting class but after watching his film, he clearly looked like a worthy addition. The story on him is that Cline was a basketball player in high school but tried out for football as a senior and immediately became a starter at defensive end and tight end. His athleticism is reminiscent of some highly ranked four stars you see so this is obviously a great pickup for the Hokies. Kudos to several of the coaches for jumping on this kid and getting him to Blacksburg.

The Breakdown

Height: 6’5”
Weight: 236 lbs
Position: Tight End
Year: Freshman
High School: Pinecrest High School
Location: Boca Raton, FL

High School Career

As a tight end at Pinecrest, Cline caught 19 passes for 411 yards and scored nine touchdowns. His defensive end stats were not readily available. Overall, Cline was a great two-sport athlete who has some great bloodlines. His father played at Arkansas State and was eventually drafted by the Green Bay Packers. Hopefully, Cline can follow in his father’s footsteps for the Hokies.

Reasons For Excitement

Athleticism: After watching his film, the first thing that immediately stands out is how gifted an athlete he is. If he plays football for three years instead of one, he may have been a four star prospect with offers from just about every Florida high school. You don’t dominate like that for three years without Florida State or Florida finding out about you. Thankfully, he didn’t play long and thus fell into the Hokies arms. Another playmaker from Florida… yea, we’ll take him.

Upside: Cline’s potential is off-the-charts. He is probably our best tight end prospect at this moment, which is impressive seeing that we have quite a few good young tight ends in our program. Even if Ryan Izzo commits to us, I’m not sure I would change that statement. I like Cline a lot and I think the Hokies may have a future two or three year starter here.

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Causes For Concern

Lack of Experience and Knowledge: The upside to Cline is his raw ability but the downside clearly has to be his lack of knowledge of the game. We’ve recruited players in the past have a lot of physical upside but only played football for a year or two. It just takes time for them to develop into a trustworthy option. Consistency is crucial for our staff so that may keep Cline on the sidelines until he firmly grasps the position. The good news is he has a redshirt year upcoming and plenty of time to get his footing before he’ll need to contribute.

What to Expect in 2013

Honestly, I would be a little surprised if Cline plays this fall. He needs to redshirt and hopefully the staff allows him to do that. I’m all for playing guys who are ready but I think Cline could use some time to sit back and learn. Plus, Tech has three juniors that are capable of playing at a high level right now plus Dakota Jackson who is a promising freshman.

Bottom Line

Offering Cline a scholarship could turn into a goldmine for the Virginia Tech staff if he develops quickly. If not, there wasn’t much downside here. Either way, Cline has a lot of potential but it’s up to him to realize it and become a star here at Virginia Tech.

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