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West: Top Ten Tight Ends
West: Early Top Ten Tight Ends 1. Dalton Schultz Location: South Jordan, Utah High School: Bingham Size: 6-5, 230 Recruiting: Stanford, Arizona State, BYU, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nebraska, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Tennessee, UCLA, Utah, Utah State, Washington, Wisconsin The Skinny: Schultz is the top tight end prospect in the country, and for good reason. He's a tremendous route runner, a physical mismatch with excellent hands and good speed. Has some of the best body control of any pass-catcher you'll see in the West and with his long arms and soft hands, catches just about everything thrown to him. 2. Tyler Luatua Location: La Mirada, Calif. High School: La Mirada Size: 6-3.5/215 Recruiting: Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Clemson, Colorado, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Iowa State, Louisville, Miami (Fl), Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, Utah, Vanderbilt, Washington, Washington State The Skinny: Luatua is one of the heaviest recruited prospects in the West, but there are still some questions about which side of the ball he'll play in college. He could play tight end, linebacker or defensive end, though his preference is on offense. He's a pretty physical player, but will need to become more natural at catching the ball. He's got pretty good speed and does a good job of getting open, just needs to be more consistent in bringing it in. Still, he's a tough matchup because of his size and athleticism. 3. Bryce Dixon Location: Ventura, Calif. High School: St. Bonaventure Size: 6-4/220 Recruiting: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Miami (Fl), Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington, Washington State The Skinny: On the other hand, Dixon is a real natural pass-catcher and does a good job of adjusting to throws and showing the balance and body control necessary. Is improving as a blocker but is more of a catch-first, block-second tight end. He's good in the open field and does a great job of getting separation from defenders. 4. Chase Blakley Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho High School: Coeur d'Alene Size: 6-4/212 Recruiting: Washington, Arizona, Boise State, California, Eastern Washington, Idaho, Idaho State, Nebraska, UCLA, Washington State The Skinny: Another good receiving tight end, Blakley has soft hands and does a good job in running precise routes. Like many tight ends, he's improving as a blocker, with catching the ball his primary focus, but he's got a good frame and is one of the better athletes at the position, so as he fills out, he's got a chance to be a terrific all-around tight end. 5. Trevor Wood Location: Scottsdale, Ariz. High School: Chaparral Size: 6-5/235 Recruiting: Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Oregon State, Utah, Washington The Skinny: Another big, physical tight end, Wood isn't the fastest, but does a good job of creating space between he and the defenders and is pretty tough to jam him at the line of scrimmage. He's a very good blocker and is a solid route-runner. The Next Five: 6. Henry Mondeaux (Portland, Ore.) 7. Darrell Cloy (La Habra, Calif.) 8. Matt Bushman (Tucson, Ariz.) 9. Dylan Keeney (Granite Bay, Calif.) 10. Zack Bornstein (Westlake Village, Calif.) National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins (@GregBiggins), National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager Brandon Huffman (@BrandonHuffman), Southwest Recruiting Analyst Jason Jewell (@jason247scout) and Northwest Recruiting Analyst Jake Worthen (@JakeWorthen) contributed to these rankings.
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