Sweet on road to recovery

Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita athlete Kyle Sweet was back in action last weekend at the Huntington Beach 7v7 tournament and as is always the case, was one of the best players on the field.

Kyle Sweet is what you call a football player, period. Whether he's at receiver, corner or safety, he's a playmaker and always finds a way to impact the game. He looked great over the weekend, catching everything thrown near him and running away from opposing defensive backs.

Sweet is an under-rated athlete who clocked a 4.53-40, 4.13 shuttle and jumped almost 32" at the SoCal NIKE Camp back in March. Unfortunately that was one of the last camps the athlete was able to attend.

"I was playing defense in an early passing tournament and went up for a ball," Sweet said over the weekend. "A receiver went up the same time as I did and his knee caught me right in the stomach. I ended up lacerating my spleen and was in the hospital for three days.

"It was by far the worst injury I've ever had. It was so painful and I literally could't even move. Any little movement or trying to walk and I could feel it. They grade these injuries on a 1-4 scale with 4 being worst and mine was a 3. A 3 or lower and it will heal itself but a 4 means they have to take out your spleen. I go back to the doctor in a week to have one last ultrasound but I'm almost 100% and felt good today."

The injury has definitely slowed down Sweet's recruitment.

"The only schools I'm hearing from right now are California and Wake Forest," Sweet said. "I haven't been able to do anything in the last two months and couldn't attend any camps. Things have definitely slowed down for me but the plan is to just go out and have a great senior year and get that film out.

"It sucks that I got injured but right now, my main focus is on getting healthy. I'm going to keep working hard and try and get back to where I was before the injury. Everyone was recruiting me as a receiver and that's where I'm most comfortable too. I'm excited for our season and ready to get going."

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