Blaize Foltz feels like a new man lately. The talented offensive/defensive lineman is a new man in a lot of ways.
"When I first met him over the summer he was about 260 pounds," said advisor Brian Butler of PotentialPlayers.com. "Now he's weighing in at 292 pounds and we just timed him at 5.02 in the 40. He has really emerged lately."
Foltz, whose father is the O-Line coach at Rose Hill, played both ways during his senior season and had some pretty nice accomplishments on the field.
"He played both ways at tackle and defensive end," Butler said. "He was the first lineman in league history to be named the Offensive MVP of the League and the Defensive MVP of the League. He was the only lineman who was a unanimous All-State selection in the state of Kansas. He's worked really hard to get to where he is."
Foltz talked about his season.
"On offense I finished with 106 pancake blocks and on defense I had 62 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, and four sacks," he said. "It was a good season but I just wish our team would have done better. We went just 4-6 and lost in the first round of the playoffs."
Foltz, 6-foot-4 and 292 pounds, projects as an interior offensive lineman at the college level.
"I like him at guard and that's what a lot of schools like him at," Butler said. "Buffalo just made him an offer. He played tackle in high school. He's versatile and can even play center, too. He has a great first step and he's got a great work ethic and he's just looking to improve every single day. To show you what type of athlete he is, he's the leading scorer on his basketball team right now."
Foltz flew under the recruiting radar during the spring and summer prior to his senior season, mainly because of his size (or lack thereof). He's added over 30 pounds since then and has gotten even quicker and more explosive.
"I went to the Miami camp over the summer after they invited me down," Foltz said. "I went down there and they wanted to see me get a little bigger before offering me."
Since that camp, Foltz has changed a lot and has since caught the attention of the Miami coaches again.
"I've talked to Coach Barrow," he said. "I sent them my senior film and things are starting to pick up with them."
Butler said the Hurricanes wanted to see Foltz a little bigger than he was at the camp and that's happened.
"Not only has he gotten bigger but he's gotten stronger and more explosive," he said. "They like what they see in him now. After they saw his senior film, they've picked things up with him. He put on the weight they wanted him to."
Miami's not the only school in the mix right now. Several other schools are starting to get involved.
"Buffalo just offered me and I'll be going up there for a visit on January 18th," Foltz said. "I'm talking to Colorado State, SMU, TCU, Miami, and some others."
Butler believes more offers are just around the corner for the talented lineman, whose father played for and graduated from Wake Forest.
"SMU is ready to offer but they just need to settle on a coach," he said. "We've been sending out his film and coaches have been impressed with how he's picked up his weight and gotten faster. Plus, he's already qualified. Something new is coming up every day."
Foltz, who says he maxes out at 375 on the bench right now, said he's simply looking for an opportunity.
"I like all the schools that are talking to me right now," he said. "I'll be willing to go anywhere. I just want to play ball. Coach Butler has done a tremendous job with me. He's a great man and does amazing things for us. I love him to death."
Whether it's Miami, Buffalo, or someone else, Butler believes someone will be getting a great football player.
"He's a great player, a hard worker, and a great student," he said. "Like I said, things are picking up for him. The good thing with Blaize is that he'll go anywhere for college. As more coaches see his film, the more interest he's getting."
Inside the classroom, Foltz carries a 3.8 GPA and scored a 23 on the ACT.
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