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Chatting With Lincoln Way Central DL Kyle Shalati Class Of 2021

So in a way to better understand the use of Deep Dish Football for lllinois recruits and the whole entire IHSA Football scene. Decided to do player profiles of players who you might not know or you might know , but you should respect them for their roles on their respective teams. Every Football Player Has A Story To Tell

Kyle Shalati DL Lincoln Way Central Class of 2021 6'2 275

Kyle Shalati how was your 2019 season?

My 2019 season coming from a personal perspective was a very amazing learning experience. I went into it extremely nervous and excited. It was definitely a "coming out party" and I had to prove to myself that I was able to play varsity football and learn about what it takes to be a good player. The first couple games of the season was just learning and adjusting to the new level of play. As I had grown more comfortable I was switched to nose for the majority of my snaps along with DE allowing me to understand quickly how each position works and the little details that comes with playing both positions. As the year went on I started performing better and understanding my strengths and weaknesses. As I finished off my year very unsatisfied and with a bad taste in my mouth with a 2-7 record, I felt I personally had progressed beyond my own expectations and understood what I needed to work on to take that next step. Along I had realized it was my dream to play college football and I was able to achieve it. However, I knew it was my turn to take on a leadership role among my team so not only I can take that next step, but my team as well. 

What does football mean to you?

I, just like many families have been around football my whole life, I have played it sense I was seven, and its always been something I loved very deeply. Until high school however I never truly understood how much It meant to me, and now I do. For starters, football has always been something to keep me motivated throughout all aspects of life. It keeps me motivated through school because my coaches showed the importance of it every chance they could get. Football keeps me motivated towards being a better man, friend, son and many other titles. Football keeps me motivated towards my bigger goals in life, and lastly of coarse, being motivated to be a better football player. All of those things I mentioned, come before being a better football player though. That is why my love for football runs so deep because football is more than just a game to me. Along with that, the schedule and time commitment is something I need in my life because I am a busy body. It helps me keep on track and very productive. Lastly, one of the most important parts of football, is the relationships. Through football I have met so many amazing people who I hold very close to my heart and value very highly, through these relationships my life has completely changed and I have learned so much from them. 

What part of your game have you been working on in the offseason?

Throughout my offseason I really focused on putting on healthy weight and muscle by eating a high protein diet. As far as aspects of my game, I really have focused on developing my stance to perform better on the field. Along with my stance I have really focused on my get off and my hands. I felt my get off was one of my strengths and my hands were a weakness of mine. 

What do you like about playing in the trenches?

I love the trenches because its mean, far from pretty, and every great team has great trench players. I take alot of pride in that. The trenches to me is a game in between a game. There is so many little things that goes into everything that happens. The trash talk, pushes and shoves, getting put on your butt and getting up and giving your opponent the same treatment is all so fun to me. Its a back and forth beat down brawl unlike no other. Lastly, there's nothing better than 3rd and long sack, a big stop in the run game, or messing with a QB all night long for me. 

What schools have you been talking to so far?

As far as the schools I am most interested in, I have talked to Concordia St. Paul, UW Platteville, North Park U, Valparaiso U, and Quincy University. 

How does this Lincoln Way Central squad look for 2021?

I am very excited to see what we are capable of this year, with our coaching staff changes, our dissatisfaction from last year giving new motivation, our new explosive offense, and very high tempo practices. I feel the team has a great energy, we all have pep in our steps, and were always wanting to get to work no matter the circumstances. 

What do you feel is your strongest trait on the field?

My strongest trait is my motor. My motor is something I take great pride in and constantly work at. A good example is a big third down on a long drive, I will put my hand in the dirt no matter what, whether I am getting a double team or chasing down a play I am always going as hard as possible. I am a big believer in always going hard no matter what happened last play, focusing on the next play and always going 100%.

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