Tight End Getting Attention From Coast To Coast

One of the top tight ends in the country talks about his season to this point and the recruiting frenzy currently taking place.

Nashville, Tenn.--It isn't too hard to see that Auburn will be looking for playmaking tight ends to bolster a lineup known mostly for blocking. A prospect who has caught the eye of the Auburn coaching staff as well as dozens of others around the country is athletic 6-5, 220-pound Tom Santi from Montgomery Bell Academy.

One of the top players in the country at his position, Santi entered his senior season off an impressive junior campaign that saw him catch 46 passes for over 650 yards and haul in 10 touchdowns. While his numbers through six games as a senior aren't as impressive with 15 catches for 200-plus yards and no touchdowns, it hasn't kept the recruiters from calling or visiting the school. While the recruiting is getting hectic, Santi says that he's not going to let anything get in the way of his quest for a state championship with MBA off to a perfect 6-0 season.

"It's pretty crazy right now," Santi tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I'm hearing from pretty much everybody that has offered and also Miami (Fla.) and Florida was talking a little bit. LSU just offered just a while ago and also Ole Miss. I talked to Coach (David) Cutcliffe the other day.

"I'm pretty open right now," he adds. "I'm pretty happy with the list of places I could go right now. I'm pretty open with those schools that have offered. I have about 12 or 13 offers right now, but I'm not real sure."

Tom Santi

One of the schools on Santi's list is Auburn, who has Coach Phillip Lolley recruiting the Nashville area. With seven Nashville kids currently on the Auburn roster, including three true freshmen in Kody Bliss, John Vaughn and King Dunlap, the Tigers have shown they have made up some ground in Tennessee's biggest city and Santi seems to have taken notice.

"I haven't talked to them on the phone, but I have talked to Coach Lolley," Santi says. "He said that they wanted me to go up there for a game, but I'm not going to go anywhere during the season. It's too hard to do that.

The reason why Santi knows it's too hard is because he recently took a trip to Iowa City to visit the Iowa Hawkeyes for the first of his five official visits. A program known for using the tight end with recent graduate Dallas Clark currently in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts, Iowa had a lot to show Santi and he says he was impressed by what he saw.

"It was pretty fun," Santi says of his Sept. 20 visit. "It was a really neat place. Besides that visit I've only gone to Vanderbilt a couple of times because it's in my backyard."

Despite his tight end frame, Santi is one of the top all-around athletes in the South this year and has run several times better than 4.55 in the 40-yard dash in the last year including a personal-best time of 4.51. A three-year baseball player, he was an outstanding center fielder last season for MBA and stole 25 bases in 26 attempts. He's also considering playing basketball as a senior, but isn't sure if that's going to happen or not.

He has an official visit set for Virginia on Nov. 28 and is also looking at Stanford and Tennessee as well as several other colleges.


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