West: Preseason Top Ten Tight Ends

South Jordan (Utah) Bingham tight end Dalton Schultz leads the West's preseason rankings...

West: Preseason Top Ten Tight Ends
Location: South Jordan, Utah
High School: Bingham
Size: 6-5, 230
Previous Ranking: 1
Recruiting: Schultz has a top five of Notre Dame, Oregon State, Stanford, Utah and Washington with the Cardinal being the team to beat at this time.
The Skinny: Schultz is the top tight end prospect in the country and for good reason. He's a tremendous route runner, a physical mismatch with excellent hands and good speed. Has some of the best body control of any tight end we've seen to come out of the West and with his long arms and soft hands, he catches just about everything thrown to him. He's also an under-rated blocker and very strong in the run game.
Location: La Mirada, Calif.
High School: La Mirada
Size: 6-3.5/215
Previous Ranking: 2
Recruiting: Luatua has visits set up with Alabama, Ohio State and Notre Dame and is looking at BYU, UTAH, UCLA and USC as well. The Irish are recruiting the tight end hardest right now.
The Skinny: After a somewhat sluggish start, Luatua ended the summer strong showing why he's so highly coveted. He's a versatile player and could play tight end, linebacker or defensive end in college, though his preference is on offense. He's a physical player, naturally strong and put on a solid 20 pounds in the off-season. He runs well and is a load to bring down in the open field. He shows soft hands as well and as long as his motor is running, he's an elite prospect.
Location: Ventura, Calif.
High School: St. Bonaventure
Size: 6-4/220
Previous Ranking: 3
Recruiting: Oregon, UCLA and USC top Dixon's list followed by Miami and Florida.
The Skinny: Dixon is the best athlete in this group and a natural pass-catcher as well. He does a good job of adjusting to throws and showing the balance and body control necessary to catch a wide variety of passes out of his area. He's improving as a blocker but is more of a catch-first, block-second tight end who can make plays down the field. He's good in the open field and does a great job of getting separation from defenders. He can play some defensive end as well but his future is on the offensive side of the ball.
Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
High School: Coeur d'Alene
Size: 6-4/212
Previous Ranking: 4
Recruiting: Committed early to Washington and is very solid with the Huskies.
The Skinny: It was a great summer for Blakley who looked very good at the NIKE Camp in Oregon, got an invite to The Opening and performed well on that big stage as well. He put on 25 pounds of muscle in the off season but kept his quickness and down field speed. He catches the ball well, uses his body to create separation and plays with plenty of toughness. He has a nice motor to him and a very solid upside.
Location: Scottsdale, Ariz.
High School: Chaparral
Size: 6-5/235
Previous Ranking: 5
Recruiting: Wood committed to Arizona after narrowing his list down to also include Oregon and UCLA.
The Skinny: Another big, physical tight end who should be strong in the run game as well as the passing game. Wood doesn't have elite athleticism right now but catches the ball well, uses his size to his advantage and has very soft hands. He's a true pro-style tight end that can fit in multiple systems and should be able to early in his college career at Arizona.

The Next Five:
6. Drew Sample, Bellevue (Wash.) Newport- Committed to Boise State
7. Darrell Cloy, La Habra (Calif.)- Committed to Arizona
8. Dylan Keeney, Granite Bay (Calif.)- Committed to Colorado
9. Matt Bushman, Tucson (Ariz.) Sabino
10. Zack Bornstein, Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian


National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins (@GregBiggins), National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager Brandon Huffman (@BrandonHuffman) and Southwest Recruiting Analyst Jason Jewell (@jason247scout) contributed to these rankings.

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