South Forsyth defensive end and tight end Cameron Kline made his choice between six Ivy League schools on Tuesday, committing to continue his football career at Harvard University.
Kline received his first offer from the Ivy League, which is one of two non-scholarship conferences in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) of the NCAA, on Oct. 13 from Princeton, then raked in offers from Columbia, Dartmouth, Pennsylvania and Yale as well. He says he decided to study in Cambridge, Massachusetts because of the “comfort level with the coaching staff, city around it (Boston) and school, in general.”
“It’s something that a lot of people across the country and around the world dream about,” Kline, the Region 6-AAAAAA defensive player of the year, said. “It’s no doubt a huge privilege. I’m extremely excited to be able to go there, play the game I love, and get a world class education.”
Kline will focus on playing defensive end under defensive line coach Michael Horan, who he says made a big impact in his commitment, after playing both ways in high school. In his senior season Kline caught 31 passes for 347 yards and a touchdown while recording 13 tackles for a loss, 15 sacks, 20 quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and two defensive touchdowns.
Kline’s performances earned him six of eight possible offers from Ivy League schools, while he also received offers from Georgetown, Davidson and Holy Cross.
Harvard has a strong football history. Ivy League schools do not compete in the FCS playoffs because of scheduling conflict with academic affairs, but Harvard has won 17 Ivy League titles including four of the last five.
“Harvard is a team that wins championships,” Kline said. “You’re committing to a really rigorous academic life, but a Division I football life, which creates an incredible balance.”
Kline says he plans on studying political science. To him, the thought of hitting the books at one of the most prestigious schools in the country is still somewhat of a shock.
“I never would have guessed it,” Kline said. “All of those times growing up playing football, I imagined myself playing in college, but not at Harvard. It’s crazy.”