Collin Jarbo, tight end from Gadsden-Gaston, Ala., has received scholarship offers from Louisville…
Collin Jarbo talks 1st offer, favorites
"I received my first offer from Memphis," said Collin Jarbo. "Next week I am supposed to receive an offer from Kentucky. Coach Thurmond told me today he and the tight ends coach watched it. They approved of it. They are going to let coach Phillips see it. He will not be back until Friday. "My defensive coach told me Tuesday night a coach from Memphis called him. They had not even shown much interest in me. I had not heard anything from them. It feels good to receive an offer from them. It gets something off you chest." Jarbo has received interest from several SEC schools and attended Junior Day in Tuscaloosa. "Alabama has been showing a lot of interest," he said. "Mississippi State has come on real hard lately. They have been staying in touch with me. Georgia has shown interest. Auburn is showing interest. I went to Alabama's Junior Day. Jarbo talked more in-depth of his campus experience at the Capstone. "The visit to Alabama was fun," he said. "I liked it down there. That's really the first tour of the campus I have had. It was nice. I sat in with coach Williams. It was me and one other tight end. We watched film from this past year. Coach Williams told me if I keep doing what I do I should pull an offer from them at some point." Jarbo listed Alabama, Auburn, Kentucky, Memphis and LSU as early favorites. Alabama: "They seem like more of a run offense, but once I watched film they seem more balanced. They are probably 60-40 run. It's good for a tight end. We have to be able to block and catch. Everytime I go down there they treat you good. They always have someone talking to you." Auburn: "I went down there for the Iron Bowl this past year. There was just something I liked. I liked the stadium. Every one of the coaches always want to come talk to you. They want to see how you have been. They don't want to talk football the whole time." Kentucky: "Coach Thurmond has been the first guy I have ever talked to. He told me the first time he saw me he was going to offer me one day. I call him about every two days. We chat for a little bit. I am from up north so I love it up there." Memphis: "They were the first school to offer me. I have been loooking into them. I haven't really sat down and scoped them out yet. I imagine I will go up there for a camp this summer." LSU: "LSU is a hard-nosed team from down south. They have the tight end [Richard] Dickson. He is a good football player. They seem to produce tight ends out of there." The 6-foot-4.5, 219-pound prospect recorded 30 receptions for 982 yards in 2009, 450 yards rushing and 15 total touchdowns. He was named First Team All-State, First Team All-Region and First Team All-County. He was awarded the same honors as a sophomore. "I would say my vision on the field is my biggest strength," said Jarbo. "If my route is to run a post and if I see they are over the top I will cut my route short to get in the open field. That's always been my biggest strength. "Every coach I have ever talk to they always tell me I have the best hands they have seen in a while. Since I was little I was always taught to catch with my hands and not let it hit my body. "I need to work on my blocking a little bit and getting off the line. Those are some of the minor things I need to work. I need to get that down over the summer."
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