As a freshman, Kye Black could do a little bit of everything on the field for the Wayne Generals.
So coach Robert Brown and the coaching staff moved him around to try and eliminate where he would not be effective. They put him at tight end, safety, linebacker and even defensive end.
There was just one problem.
“He did everything well, he was good at everything,” Brown said. “We were waiting for him to stink at one (position) and eliminate him, but it didn't happen.”
Brown eventually turned to figuring out where Black could not only be a disruptive force for the Generals, but also gain the best shot at the next level.
“He could effectively play defensive end at this level, but he is obviously not a college D-end,” Brown said.
Brown eventually slotted Black as a hybrid safety-backer, with the ability to sneak up to the line of scrimmage and be physical when needed.
Now a junior, the 5-foot-10, 197-pound Black has thrived at the position, with college interest coming from the majority of Big 10 schools.
Recently, Notre Dame faxed a questionnaire to Wayne inquiring about Black.
“I have gotten a lot of letters from schools wanting me to come down and see games,” Black said. “I would say Indiana and Nebraska are the teams I hear from most.”
Black saw college interest rise on the summer 7-on-7 circuit with AWP and when he participated in July's Rivals 250 Underclassmen Challenge in Texas, hosted by the online recruiting service. He was the lone player from Indiana.
“A lot of people told me I did a good job there,” Black said.
Black recently visited Indiana and went to a camp at Bowling Green over the summer, but is still awaiting his first verbal scholarship offer. Division I schools are projecting him at his high school safety position at the next level, with lower-division schools mentioning that he could move to outside linebacker.
Still a junior, Black has plenty of time to turn more heads.
“I feel like I get a lot of respect as a safety,” Black said. “I can guard speedy receivers and also move down toward the line of scrimmage when I have to.”
A multifaceted player, just as Brown found out a few years ago.