Class of 2016 Tight End One To Watch

Opelika High School tight end Kyle Fourtenberry is a promising young football prospect to watch.

Opelika, Ala.--While the injury to Auburn signee Jakell Mitchell was a tough blow for Brian Blackmon and the Bulldogs for the 2013 season, there was a bright side to it for the Bulldogs because it meant talented sophomore Kyle Fourtenberry would be forced to step in and take over at the position.

Now a proven performer after playing a key role last season, the upcoming junior said he feels much more confident in his game and his skills than he did last year

"It went by fast really," the 6-3, 225 Fourtenberry said. "I had to step up and learn a lot. Jakell really helped me a lot with routes and how to block and also with technique. That was big. I looked up to him and just tried to do what he did."

Becoming a key weapon in the passing game for quarterback Matthew Christian until he went down with a broken collarbone that ended his season, Fourtenberry turned into more of a blocker when Auburn defensive back commitment Stephen Roberts took over at quarterback. Now with Christian back under center and talented transfer running back Josh Johnson in the backfield, Fourtenberry said he is trying to become a better all-around player as he prepares for the 2014 season.

"I'm working on routes and catching the football," Fourtenberry said. "I'm also trying to be more physical with my blocks. I want better moves after I catch the ball."

Fourtenberry looking for someone to block against Hoover last season

With two more seasons to play in high school before college football comes calling, Fourtenberry is still looking for his first offer. With his size and athleticism, if he continues to take strides forward as a player the offers will come sooner rather than later.

"I would like to hear from any of the SEC schools really," Fourtenberry said. "I'm open to anybody."

Last season Opelika finished 7-4 overall, including a first round loss at McGill-Toolen. The Bulldogs open the season on Aug. 22 against Carver-Montgomery at Cramton Bowl before taking on rival Auburn on Aug. 29 at Duck Samford Stadium.

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