First Posted: 6/16/2009
For the past four years, Triston Kyle has been a fixture for North Surry athletics, most notably on the football field.
Now, Kyle will have a chance to further that career at Guilford College in Greensboro, as the school announced Monday the 63 220-pound former Greyhound as one of seven additions to its 2009 recruiting class.
Kyle, who played varsity for four seasons under former coach Mitch Martin, led the Greyhounds in tackles his senior season and was named to the Mountain Valley 2-A all-conference team for his efforts.
Martin said Kyle, who is just as well known by the North Surry community for his personality and work in the classroom, brought leadership and a level head to the table, not to mention tremendous ability.
Hes first class, Martin said. I still think he hasnt played his best ball. Maybe because we moved him around, but I think he will find a place down there and they will coach him up and I think hell be a pretty good college ball player.
Mainly a starter and contributor on the defensive side of the ball, Kyle was utilized at all three linebacker positions for the Greyhounds during his career, something Martin said was necessary because of his size and stopping ability.
We had to move him anywhere we thought people would attack us, Martin said.
Nearby Winston-Salem State University had shown interest in Kyle, but dropped back as of late. Martin said he thinks Guilford has uncovered a diamond in the rough.
Hes got so much raw talent and size at that level he is a steal, I think, Martin said. We thought for a while that WSSU was going to recruit harder than they did, but I think if Guilford nurtures him along and finds a place for him, he will be OK.
While on a beach trip following graduation, Kyle said he is happy to be able to be moving on but knows he must focus on giving his best.
I feel its a great opportunity to further not only my football career but my education, too, Kyle said. I am pretty excited about playing at the next level, but I know its going to be a whole lot more demanding than what it has been the past four years.
Kyles mother, Sherry France, said she has always tried to be supportive in whatever her son does, telling him to Go for your goals.
Like I told him, Go on and live your dream, France said.
Kyle credited not only his mother but every influence who has helped him along the way for being able to reach those goals.
My mom, my dad, my grandmother, my uncles, all my teachers, Kyle said. My teachers have been really supportive. Everybody that I have come in contact with has been supportive of me and been behind me 100 percent. It wasnt just one person.
In addition to his football notables, Kyle participated on the Greyhounds basketball team, was selected to the MVC 2-A all-conference track team, is a member of the National Technical Honor Society, a Student Athlete Summer Institute graduate and a member of Health Occupations Students of America.
Kyle said he would like to pursue a degree in sports medicine while at Guilford, but on Aug. 13 when the football team reports for early practice, Kyles mind will more than likely be elsewhere.
I want to compete at the highest level possible, he said. I am glad I am getting to play. If I do well great, I just want to bring the best of me and be the best Triston Kyle can.