Time is on Coyle's Side

At 6-3 220 Christopher Coyle knows that he has to bulk up to play tight end in college. Yet, when it comes to his skills in that role, he receives a healthy dose of praise as he did at ASU's camp last Sunday. The Oaks Christian player has to wait for some scholarship offers, while programs wait to see if he's able put on weight and be ready for the rigors of blocking at the line of scrimmage.

The 6-3 220 Coyle cherished his time in Tempe at the Arizona State Maroon and Gold Senior camp. He was praised by tight end coach Dan Cozzetto for his route running and receiving skills, and at the same time was told, like he has with other schools, that his lack of size is holding him back from a scholarship offer.

"My dad is 6-5 so I have good genes and I can grow more," he said. "I didn't even hit a growth spurt yet. I know I have the quickness and the good route running to play in college, I just need to get bigger, like 240-245 lbs., and I'm gonna work hard to get that done. I play flex tight end now, but at the next level I know I have to play more inside."

The tight end has been clocked running a 4.66 in the 40-yard dash. He benches 280 lbs., squats 380 and power cleans 265.

Christopher Coyle, who's being recruited by ASU's cornerbacks Coach Greg Burns enjoyed his time at camp and felt that he had an invaluable experience there. "Oh man, I loved the school, I loved the place and there were a lot of good players out there," he stated. "I had to go against some big linebackers, which was good. Coach Cozzetto is a great guy and I enjoyed his coaching. I learned a lot of good technique stuff from him that I'll be utilizing my senior year."

Due to the fact that he took the ACT test on Saturday, Coyle wasn't able to get to Tempe early enough to tour the campus before camp. Nonetheless, this wasn't an issue since he's tripped to the Sun Devils a couple of months ago. "I really got to see a lot of campus, the night life…it was a lot of fun," he recalled. "The weight lifting facility was real impressive. Arizona State has had a real successful program the last few years and that's definitely something that impressed me."

"You could tell in the spring game that they had a lot of good players and I know they have some good ones coming in this year, so it looks like they'll be good for the next couple of years too."

Boise State, Washington, Washington State, Utah, UNLV, Portland State, Army, Duke, and Air Force have all offered Coyle, but his short list isn't exclusive to just the programs extending offers.

"My top three are Washington, UCLA and Arizona State," said Coyle. "I still like UCLA (his father played Water Polo there) and Arizona State and their programs even though they didn't offer me. So I'm gonna wait and see if I get offers from them, but I know I can't wait too long. Schools are gonna offer more players and some of them may commit early. You don't wanna wait for a scholarship that may not come."

The tight end had 19 receptions for 264 yards and four touchdowns for the Lions during his 2007 junior season. Defensively, he tallied 60 tackles and 10 sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery. He was voted first team All-League and All-County selection and was his team's offensive player of the year. Coyle indicated that he will continue to play both tight end and defensive end to support his team even though the overwhelming majority of schools see him only as a tight end. "I like defensive end too and I'm totally comfortable playing both ways. But I know I will be playing tight end at the next level," he said.

Oak Christian, located in Westlake Village (Calif.) has won five consecutive CIF championships and finished 11-3 in 2007.

Coyle is indifferent about the distance his school of choice will have from home. "I'm looking for the school that fits me the best – Coaches, players…it doesn't matter where it's at," he explained. "It may be nice to go out of state and be on your own. My parents want me to go somewhere where they can see my games once in a while."

"I'm looking for a stable program that has good coaches and has had success in the past, because that can tell you how they'll be in the future. I also look online to see what kind of talent is coming into the program. Having a school with good education is obviously important too."

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