"Arizona State has been recruiting me for a couple of months now," said Coby Fleener. "Coach Wrenn is recruiting me, and I'm impressed with their quality campus and education. It has a beautiful setting with good weather. I really get along with Coach Wrenn and Coach Osborne."
The 6-6 215 tight end was hosted by Mike Nixon, and he did enjoy his venture to the Valley of the Sun. "Everything was great," he said of the visit. "The coaches were real nice, the stadium was unbelievable. Being that this was my first official visit (to any school) I didn't know what to expect. I was kinda unprepared for all the stuff we did. It was a little tiring (smile). But I really had a great time."
Fleener has been clocked running a 4.4 and also plays basketball at Joliet Catholic Academy. "My strong points are my speed and my height," he said of his skills. "I'm able to stretch the field and get up and get the ball. I definitely need to improve my strength. I'm just above average and I would like to be well above average, especially playing tight end in college. I'm definitely more of a receiving tight end, but that's not to say that I won't or can't block."
Nebraska (who he will visit on 11/23) and Minnesota are among the schools who have offered along with the Sun Devils. "I don't have a list of favorites or top team list," he claimed. "I am leaning towards Arizona State and Nebraska a little bit just because of the quality and tradition of their programs. It would be exciting to play at the NFL and knowing that I will have a shot at going to the next level if I do go to one of those schools…guys like Todd Heap and Zach Miller are role models that I look up to and guys that paved the way and show how it needs to get done."
Playing time will naturally be a factor in his decision, and the Sun Devils are an attractive prospect to him from that standpoint. "The fact that they play the two-tight end set helps," admitted Fleener. "It's a position that is rarely used in other schools, and they use it a lot at ASU." Fleener, who's fully qualified academically, added that the school's quality of education will be an important aspect in his decision.
The tight end has an open ended timetable, which is all contingent on possible future trips he will take. "I'm not at a point where I'm ready to commit," he stated. "There could be some more schools in the mix besides ASU and Nebraska. That's why I want to take more visits and get a general feel for what they're like."
Post-Visit Report: Coby Fleener
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