The list of the top 10 tights in the nation includes five who have made oral commitments, four who ranks among the top 100 seniors in the country and the grandson of legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus who has been suspended for the remainder of the season for disciplinary reasons.
1. Jay Rome of Valdosta, Ga., is a 6-6, 240-pounder who is the No. 26 player in the nation. He reminds of NFL star Tony Gonzalez, big and very athletic. He is a good basketball player. He has strong hands. He is uncommitted but his father played at Clemson.
2. Austin Seferian-Jenkins of Gig Harbor, Wash., is a 6-6, 250-pounder who is the No. 27 player in the nation. He is the most prolific tight end on the list. Last year, he caught 64 passes for 1,200 yards. He is a good basketball player. He has a big frame and looks like an offensive tackle. He is committed to Washington.
3. Ben Koyack of Oil City, Pa., is a 6-5, 235-pounder who is the No. 54 player in the nation. He is committed to Notre Dame. He ran 11 seconds for 100 meters. He is the fastest of all the big-time tight ends. Last year, he caught 48 passes for 600 yards. He is the latest in a line of great tight end prospects recruited by Notre Dame dating to Heisman Trophy winner Leon Hart in 1949, Dave Casper and current star Kyle Rudolph.
4. A.C. Leonard of Jacksonville, Fla., is a 6-3, 235-pounder who is committed to Florida. He could be a defensive end in college. He had 20 sacks last year. He also is very fast.
5. Nick O'Leary of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., is a 6-4, 225-pounder who is Jack Nicklaus' grandson. Last year, he averaged 19 yards per reception. He runs well and is very aggressive. He is uncommitted but his father played at Georgia.
6. Malcolm Faciane of Picayune, Miss., is a 6-6, 260-pounder who is a superb physical speciman. When I first saw him at the New Orleans Saints' training camp, I thought he was an NFL lineman. He could be an offensive tackle in college. He is uncommitted.
7. Brandon Fulse of Fort Meade, Fla., is a 6-4, 247-pounder who likely will choose Florida or Florida State. He can run, has strong hands, is a good blocker and very athletic. He also plays defensive end.
8.Nick Vannett of Westerville, Ohio, is a 6-6, 235-pounder who is committed to Ohio State. He isn't fast but he is very active, very athletic and a good blocker. He certainly passes the eye chart.
9. Troy Niklas of Anaheim, Calif., is a 6-6, 250-pounder who likely will choose Stanford or Notre Dame. He is muscular with big arms. He dreams of playing tight end in college but he could be an offensive tackle. He was moved to offensive tackle this season.
10. Dan Tapko of Kansas City, Mo., is a 6-4, 235-pounder who is committed to Oklahoma. He also plays linebacker and defensive end and could be a defensive lineman in college. He is very aggressive.