Player Primer: Kyle Neputy
I had a chance to talk college visits, EFT Sports Performance and being a leader on the football field with Stagg’s fast rising QB Kyle Neputy. Neputy has received looks from a lot of D1 schools who are just waiting on his varsity tape.
Palos Heights, IL
Wt: 220 lbs
Commitment status: Undecided
LPI: What have you been doing to get ready for next season so you can improve?
KN: Since the end of last season, I do morning lifts at school and I’ve been training weekly with my QB coach Ryan Healy and EFT Sports Performance. I’ve also attended Don Beebe’s House of Speed Quarterback Camps. I’m working on perfecting my mechanics especially my velocity and accuracy, along with my footwork, speed and agility. I also study coverages. I don’t have a lot of free time because of my training, but I think it is all worth it.
LPI: Where have you camped/showcased at this summer?
KN: I have attended a few camps this summer to aid my recruiting. I went to EFT’s showcase & Don Beebe’s Geneseo and Aurora Combines. For camps, I attended Lake Park High School satellite, Indiana University, Purdue, Michigan State’s Spartan Elite, Homewood Flossmoor satellite, New England Elite in Massachusetts, which had many Ivy & Patriot League schools, Miami of Ohio, University of Chicago and Wash U in St. Louis. I had many camp invites but impossible to attend every one.
LPI: Which camps do you think you stood out the most at and why?
KN: To be honest, all of the coaches at the camps I attended said they were very impressed with me and wanted to keep in touch and we do. There was a positive write-up on me from Allen Trieu from Scout as being one of top QB performers at the Michigan State Spartan Elite Camp. If I have to pick, I would say Purdue and Miami of Ohio were my two best performances at camps. I was spot on with accuracy and throwing the ball with high velocity. The camps were great experiences and I received a lot of helpful advice from the coaches, which I’m grateful.
LPI: Were you on any 7on7 teams this year? If so, how did it go for you?
KN: I was on EFT’s 7-on-7. We practiced late winter through early spring and then I played in the summer for Stagg’s 7-on-7. I think both were fantastic. 7-on-7 is a great opportunity to just get out there and play more football. I met a ton of people and played with some elite talent for EFT’s 7-on-7 team. Playing with my school was helpful because I was able to practice with my wide receivers and get that timing down that we’ll need for this season.
LPI: What schools have shown the most interest in you?
KN: Right now, I’m getting a lot of interest from Big Ten and Ivy & Patriot League schools, also SEC. A few D1’s visited me at school and others have pulled my transcripts. I’ve talked to Purdue, Michigan State and Miami of Ohio the most. I like Purdue’s QB Coach Tim Lester a lot. He is very hands-on with his quarterbacks and has intense energy. I feel the same about Miami of Ohio’s OC/QB Coach Koehler and Michigan State’s QB Coach Brad Salem. I’m looking forward to building closer relationships once communication is allowed September 1st. Many schools are waiting to see my varsity film this season.
LPI: Where have you visited most recently and do you have any visits coming up?
KN: My most recent visit was at Washington University St. Louis. I toured the campus and it was beautiful. Their camp was fun. All of the colleges I visited have great facilities I also went to Harvard and had a good meeting with OC/QB Coach Lamb. During my spring break, I visited Northwestern, U of Illinois, Indiana University, Purdue, Michigan State, U of Toledo. I plan to visit again along with Miami of Ohio in the fall and hopefully a few others if my schedule allows.
LPI: Since you don’t have any offers yet, which visits do you think went the best?
KN: Michigan State was a phenomenal visit. A top-notch program and the coaches are like a big, close family that sticks together. I like that atmosphere. Purdue was fantastic as I watched the players practice and Tim Lester work his quarterbacks. Miami of Ohio was also incredible as they rolled out the red carpet and the Coaches made me feel right at home. Indiana was an excellent visit. They showed me what it’s like to play football at IU and the facilities are amazing. I enjoyed having lunch with QB Coach Johns. All the coaches at these schools are great coaches and even better people. They have all been super supportive and given me helpful advice and I enjoyed meeting and working with them. I felt a good connection so I keep in touch.
LPI: What’s it like being the leader on the field at the QB position? How do you take charge in crunch time?
KN: It’s fun and I enjoy leading and pushing people to be their best. I wouldn’t want it any other way. The #1 way that I motivate my teammates is leading by example. When they see me working my butt off in the gym or taking a big hit on the field, I know they’ll turn around and do the same for me. I take charge in crunch time by remaining strong, positive and focused.
LPI: Your team finished last year at 2-7, but had a lot of talent that was unfortunate to lose some close games, and missed the playoffs. What are the chargers doing this year to get back to the playoffs?
KN: The one thing that’s most important for us this year is to execute what we do in practice. We need to do what needs to be done so we can execute and capitalize when other teams make mistakes. With the conference we’re in, we don’t have much wiggle room to make mistakes so we must take advantage of every opportunity we get. We are working hard as a team, building stronger bonds and learning each other’s strengths and weaknesses and how to perfect them. Practice makes perfect.
LPI: What are your greatest strengths or why should a school offer you?
KN: My greatest strengths are my positive attitude, leadership, work ethic, my arm strength and accuracy, and I have a high football IQ and can find tendencies in the defense very quickly and expose them. I have good size for a QB, I’m 6’4 and weigh 220 lbs. I’m also as smart in the classroom as I am on the field. I have a 4.8 GPA on a 4.0 scale in all honors and AP classes. I scored a 30 on my ACT as a freshman and 1240 on the PSAT. I love playing any sport, especially football and I’m very competitive. That’s why I keep working hard every day.