Sprout's Hometown Hero: Kyle Soelle
Kyle Soelle was a multi-position standout in his junior year at Notre Dame Prep, then moved to Saguaro to act as their pass-rushing outside linebacker, helping them on their 2016 state title run. After his junior season, Soelle was named Second Team All-State and was First Team All-Section. In his first season primarily playing defense his senior year, he totaled 53 tackles, 16.5 of those for a loss of yardage, nine sacks, two forced fumbles and three pass deflections. Soelle was able to make an easier transition from high school to college due to Jason Mohns, the head coach of Saguaro. Mohns was said to run his program "like a college," believing what we implemented at Saguaro prepared him.
When the Scottsdale native first enrolled at Arizona State, he put on about 20 pounds of muscle to prepare for the beginning of the season with new personnel, in Herm Edwards and his new position coach Antonio Pierce. After a freshman year as a redshirt, Soelle finished his redshirt season with 15 tackles, three of those for a loss with two sacks and led the team with two fumbles forced. The nine defensive stops from Soelle, was fourth among over the 40 Pac-12 linebackers that played under 200 snaps on the season.
As a redshirt sophomore in the 2019 season, Soelle came off the bench, providing depth and provided 20 tackles, with two of those for a loss of yardage with a sack. Soelle also had seven quarterback pressures on the year. Closing out the 2019 season, Soelle was named a team captain for the 2020 season.
In his redshirt junior season, the Saguaro alum added 26 tackles to his name, which was the second-most on the team, with nine tackles in two of the four games. In the Territorial Cup, Soelle demonstrated his improved ability to cover in space. Soelle recorded his first career interception to set the Sun Devils up for favorable field position. With 14 defensive stops, Soelle was tied for 14th among all linebackers in the league.