The tight end position is a lethal weapon for the West Coast offense when it is running on all cylinders. With all the different variations and hybrids of the system now in college football the tight end position is a very valuable component in many offenses. Just look how many of the nation's best team's are using the tight end in today's game.
Being a strong blocker is still a very important ingredient for the tight end, but gone are the days that the position is a glorified offensive tackle.
High school tight ends in general bring a lot of versatility to the table and many times end up at another position.
One player to keep your eye this fall is tight end/wide receiver/defensive end John Reese (6-4, 214, 4.85) from Upland, Calif.
As a junior Reese caught 16 passes for 264 yards and four touchdowns while averaging 16.5 yards per catch with a long of 52 yards.
Look for his stats to greatly increase this fall as Reese becomes one of Upland's main offensive weapons.
The versatile and athletic Reese will see some action as a defensive end in the fall of 2005. Reese also
Reese is getting recruiting attention and hand written letters from the likes of UCLA, USC, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Colorado, Boise State, Fresno State, and Georgia Tech.
"John will be one of the top tight ends in the CIF Southern Section for the 2005 season," Upland coach Tim Salter said. "He has great hands and is a great route runner."
"John can also be flanked out as a wide out," Salter said. "Because of his quick first step he has become a very good blocker along the line and at the second level."
Reese has tremendous upside and is far from the finished product. He has all the tools to be highly successful on the collegiate level. Reese has a lanky frame that could carry more weight without losing a step.