The 2013 class of senior football prospects is loaded with top-rated talent at all of the “skill” positions and one of the top returning tailbacks in the state, if not the entire Northwest Region, is Capital (Olympia) RB Kai Van Sickle. Northwest Elite Index caught up with the talented ball-carrier recently and he updated us on his offseason as well as his thoughts on his very productive junior season…
“I was really lucky to have a really good line in front of me,” a humble Van Sickle admitted to NEI recently. “I mean, obviously I had to make the right reads and decisions and stuff like that, but you don’t put up the kind of yardage I did without a good line in front of you opening holes and paving the way for you.”
Using his 6’0″, 195-pounds and 4.55 speed to carve opponents up, Van Sickle totaled nearly 2,000 yards and 19 touchdowns for the Cougars while helping to lead them into the state playoffs. He hopes to do that again this year with a senior-laden roster full of talented players.
“We really gelled together as the season went on last year,” Van Sickle noted. “I felt like as the season went along, we got a lot more confidence and we really punished out opponents down the stretch. We want to go farther this year and we’re all at work this offseason trying to get better and stronger and bigger and faster so we can go out and have the best season possible.”
On the recruiting front, Van Sickle hasn’t seen a lot in the way of attention from schools, but he said that isn’t a big concern at this point.
“It’s still early so there is a still a lot of time,” Van Sickle said. “I’m not too worried about it right now. I just want to get ready for my senior season and be the best player I can be. The recruiting stuff will take care of itself and I know that schools will come by this spring to see us and talk to my coaches. That’s when I hope some see my film and like what they see.”
Van Sickle hopes to make his way out to several team camps and NIKE events this year including the NIKE camp in Eugene at the University of Oregon and he hopes to take in several team camps as well.
“I need to sit down and start looking at dates and where I want to attend camp,” Van Sickle said. “It’s something I definitely want to do, but honestly, I just haven’t mapped it out yet.”
With his sturdy frame, good speed and outstanding vision and quickness, Van Sickle is a prospect that is very intriguing. He will need to hit the camp circuit this spring and summer to show off his skills and he should have at least a few offers before the start of his senior season.
We will have more in the coming weeks and months as Van Sickle works his way through the recruiting process.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTr9S_6Dx2A Kai Van Sickle Highlights