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November 18, 2010

Category rankings: Tight ends


The Rivals.com recruiting experts have broken down countless hours of film and racked up plenty of frequent flyer miles to see the top prospects compete at events across the country. In the process of evaluating overall talent, several prospects gained notice for their mastery of specific skills.

We've selected the best of the best in each category for every position and ranked them. Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barry Every breaks down the tight ends.

TIGHT END RANKINGS: Fastest | Best hands | Best athlete

5. Jay Rome , Valdosta (Ga.)
Rome Highlights
Considering: Georgia, Clemson, Alabama, Tennessee and Florida are among the schools in the mix.
Particulars: 6-5/255
Buzz: His basketball quickness and speed translates onto the gridiron.

4. A.C. Leonard , Jacksonville (Fla.) University Christian
Leonard Highlights
Committed to: Florida
Particulars: 6-2/232
Buzz: His speed is so good some college coaches liked him as a pass-rushing hybrid linebacker/defensive end.
3. Nick O'Leary , West Palm Beach (Fla.) Dwyer
O'Leary Highlights
Considering: Florida State, Alabama, Miami, LSU and Wisconsin head his list.
Particulars: 6-4/235
Buzz: One of the top pass-catching tight ends in the country and he also returns punts.

2. Jace Amaro, San Antonio (Texas) Macarthur
Amaro Highlights
Committed to: Texas Tech
Particulars: 6-5/237
Buzz: Once he gets up to full stride he can outrun smaller, quicker defensive backs.

1. Christian Reeves, McDonough (Ga.) Eagle's Landing Christian
Reeves Highlights
Committed to: Virginia Tech
Particulars: 6-3/214
Buzz: He clocked a sub-4.5 40 at more than one camp this past summer.

BEST HANDS
5. Nick O'Leary , West Palm Beach (Fla.) Dwyer
O'Leary Highlights
Considering: Florida State, Alabama, Miami, LSU and Wisconsin head his list.
Particulars: 6-4/235
Buzz: Has the ball skills to take over a game during the two-minute drill.

4. Chris Barnett, Hurst (Texas) L.D. Bell
Barnett Highlights
Committed to: Arkansas
Particulars: 6-6/245
Buzz: Showed extremely soft hands at the Fort Worth NIKE Camp this past spring.

3. Jay Rome , Valdosta (Ga.)
Rome Highlights
Considering: Georgia, Clemson, Alabama, Tennessee and Florida are among the schools in the mix.
Particulars: 6-5/255
Buzz: Uses his rebounding skills to snag balls out of the air.

2. M.J. McFarland, El Paso (Texas) El Dorado
McFarland Highlights
Committed to: Texas
Particulars: 6-5/236
Buzz: Coming into his senior season he had already snared 95 passes in his high school career.

1. Jace Amaro, San Antonio (Texas) Macarthur
Amaro Highlights
Committed to: Texas Tech
Particulars: 6-5/237
Buzz: His body control and hands are that of a top rated receiver. He does not have to be open to make plays.
BEST ATHLETE
5. Ben Koyack, Oil City (Pa.) Senior
Koyack Highlights
Committed to: Notre Dame
Particulars: 6-5/230
Buzz: Not only runs routes like a receiver, but tosses the javelin in his spare time.

4. Nick O'Leary, West Palm Beach (Fla.) Dwyer
O'Leary Highlights
Considering: Florida State, Alabama, Miami, LSU and Wisconsin head his list.
Particulars: 6-4/235
Buzz: In addition to playing tight end, he punts, returns kicks and has played some safety while being a pretty good lacrosse player.
3. A.C. Leonard, Jacksonville (Fla.) University Christian
Leonard Highlights
Committed to: Florida
Particulars: 6-2/232
Buzz: One of the few tight ends in the country that was recruited for both sides of the ball.

2. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Gig Harbor (Wash.)
Seferian-Jenkins Highlights
Committed to: Washington
Particulars: 6-7/250
Buzz: This AAU basketball star caught more than 60 passes as a junior.

1. Jay Rome, Valdosta (Ga.)
Rome Highlights
Considering: Georgia, Clemson, Alabama, Tennessee and Florida are among the schools in the mix.
Particulars: 6-5/255
Buzz: Averaged more than 25 points and 10 rebounds a game while being one of the most sough after tight ends in the country.



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