Friday, February 09, 2007

Class of 2008: Some Elite Tight Ends (Part III)

Aaron Douglas TE 6'7 240 4.90 Maryville Tennessee Tennessee

One of the state’s top overall prospects and one of the top tight ends in the nation…….Douglas was a consensus First Team Class 4A All-State selection and Class 4A Mr. Football award winner as a junior. He was also named to the Orlando Sentinel’s All-Southern team………He plays for one of the strongest programs in Tennessee and was a starter on their 2005 and 2006 state championship teams……..As a sophomore, he had 20 receptions for 236 yards and a score and excelled blocking……Has great size and is unusually agile. Wears a size 16 shoe……His father, David, played at Tennessee and in the NFL as an offensive lineman……..He committed to Tennessee in August of 2006.

Everette Thompson TE/DL 6'5 230 5.34 Burien Kennedy Washington

Thompson is among the nations better tight ends and one of the top overall prospects in Washington……As both a junior and sophomore he was a First Team All-Conference performer at both TE and on the defensive line……Helped lead his team to the state title game as a junior……Being recruited as both a DE and TE……. Looked good at the 2007 U.S. Army Combine…..2006 combine marks include a 5.34 forty, 25-inch vertical and 11 bench reps……As of early January he had received offers from Washington, Oregon and Washington State.

Mark Wedderburn TE/LB 6'6 230 4.72 Philadelphia Cardinal O'Hara Pennsylvania

Wedderburn is among the nation’s better TE prospects…….He is very athletic. He also stars in basketball, averaging 15 points and 10 rebounds per game as a junior…..He’s a tall and rangy athlete who will need to add about 20-30 pounds to play Division I ball…..Didn’t catch many passes as a junior as the team did not have an effective passer……..As a sophomore he had 287 receiving yards and 3 TDs…..Has excellent speed (4.72 combine forty) for a big guy and a 30-inch vertical…….He’s the younger brother of former Penn Stater Floyd Wedderburn……..As of late January he had offers from Pittsburgh, Virginia, Temple, Rutgers, Illinois and Boston College.

Tyler Edwards TE 6'3 232 4.71 Monroe Ouachita Louisiana

Edwards is among the top overall prospects in Louisiana and top tight ends in the South……As a junior he earned First Team Class 4A All-State honors after pulling in 22 passes for 328 yards and 4 TDs…….A bit smallish for a TE, but he has a frame that can add weight, has very quick feet and excels as a blocker. He’s a real downfield threat when catching the ball. He runs very good routes and has soft hands…..Really likes to mix it up and get physical….Excellent strength: 285 bench, 360 squat, 300 clean, plus a 29-inch vertical, 4.27 shuttle, 16 bench reps……His older brother is former LSU TE Eric Edwards……Should qualify easily…..As of mid-January he had offers from LSU, Auburn, Southern Mississippi, Louisiana Tech and Mississippi.

Jake Stoneburner TE/WR 6'5 220 4.53 Dublin Coffman Ohio

Stoneburner is one of the top skill prospects in Ohio and among the nations better TE prospects……..He plays WR in high school but has the size and frame to play TE in college…..As a junior he was named First Team All-Area by the Columbus Dispatch and was a First Team Central District-Division I selection after hauling in 63 passes for 946 yards (15.0 avg.) and 8 TDs. He also excelled as a punter and kickoff specialist…….As a sophomore he had 31 receptions for 538 yards and 5 scores……Plays for one of the top talent-producers in the Columbus area (think Brady Quinn)……Was impressive at the 2007 U.S. Army Combine, earning Second Team All-Combine honors after running a 4.53 forty and 4.37 shuttle……Has the athleticism (a very fine hurdler in track), speed and quicks to be a possession WR and the frame that could easily fill out to be a TE……Has very soft hands and ball skills……..3.5 GPA........As of mid-January he had offers from Iowa and Clemson.


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