Ht/Wt: 6'3" / 194 lbs.
Location: Foothill High School - Pleasanton, California
One of the focuses at The M Block over the past couple months has been to cover the QB position in its entirety for the 2015 recruiting class. Michigan has only offered one prospect so far, Josh Rosen (St. John Bosco, California), and it is no secret that Rosen is staying on the west coast after high school. So far Michigan has not offered another signal caller in 2015, but the competition to receive that offer is beginning to take focus. Three names have been consistently tied to this offer, those being Kevin Dillman (La Mirada, California), Riley Neal (Yorktown, Indiana) and Kyle Kearns. The Foothill High prospect is one of the top ranked pro-style QBs in the nation, checking in at #5 on 247. Once he earns a few scholarship offers, Kearns will move comfortably into 4-star position for his breakdown on The M Block.
Throughout the summer, Kearns has been busy visiting the campuses of a few of his prospective suitors. Visiting Texas, Georgia and Vanderbilt in the first half of June, Kearns has had the chance to check out a few different programs and show the coaches what he can offer their team. "It was really nice to see all of those colleges in person and hang out with the coaching staff. I learned a lot about the colleges themselves and the recruiting process." Out of those three visits, Kearns said Georgia stood out the most. During the 2012 season, Kearns took in California, Stanford and Oregon games and looks to check out some more west coast schools this fall. "I'm going to a bunch of Cal games and I'm trying to get up to tennessee and Oregon. Tennessee is playing Oregon at UO." Being a California product, Kearns has followed several big-time west coast programs throughout his childhood. "My parents both went to Oregon so I loved the Ducks and the local Cal Berkeley Golden Bears."
Despite this strong tie growing up, Kearns has interest in more than just west coast programs. He sees what former California-native turned Wolverine QB Tom Brady has done and recognizes the similarity of the two situations. "I like Tom Brady so I rooted for UM as well," Kearns said. This childhood interest in coming full circle for Kearns as he has begun hearing from a lot of programs, many of whom he followed growing up. "A ton of schools have been sending letters, but I have been in contact with coach Borges from Michigan." Their conversations have become frequent as the 2015 target begins his junior campaign. "[We talk] once a week and he just wants to be up to date with what I've been doing and I'd like to make it up to a game hopefully." While a visit is not set up at the moment, Kearns is looking at potentially visiting Ann Arbor for Under the Lights II vs. Notre Dame on Sept. 7th or Michigan vs. Ohio State on Nov. 30.
As for this upcoming season, Kearns looks to have a strong showing as a junior both individually and as a team. His summer has been spent "mostly preparing and getting timing down with the new group of receivers and getting a feel for the offensive line." Kearns says that, "We are coming together really well and can see the younger guys buying into what we expect". Adding that, "Team goal is to win EBAL and with team success comes individual success. We will be playing for the name on the front of the jersey, not the back."