West 2012 Preseason Rankings: Tight Ends

Rocklin (Calif.) Whitney Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick and Orange (Calif.) Lutheran's Christo Kourtzidis lead the West's tight end list...

1. Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick
Rocklin (Calif.) Whitney- Committed to USC
A smooth pass-catcher, has really redefined his body over the last year.

2. Christo Kourtzidis
Orange (Calif.) Lutheran- Committed to Florida State
A very good receiver but also a bigtime blocker.

3. Evan Baylis
Aurora (Colo.) Grandview- Committed to Oregon
At 6-6, is a tall, rangy tight end who has very good speed.

4. Taylor McNamara
San Diego (Calif.) Westview- Committed to Arizona
Some of the best hands of any tight end prospect in the West.

5. Ian Taubler
Fresno (Calif.) Bullard- Committed to UCLA
Easily the most physical tight end in the West, but can also catch.

6. Dustin Stanton
Lakewood (Wash.)- Committed to Oregon State
Big target with soft hands and is a bigtime redzone weapon.

7. Caleb Smith
Kent (Wash.) Kentridge
Still learning the tight end position after playing quarterback for most of his prep career.

8. David Fontenette
Spanaway Lake (Wash.) Bethel
Best suited as a slot or H-Back type tight end.

9. Billy Freeman
Mesa (Ariz.) Red Mountain
The top tight end in Arizona is a versatile prospect.

10. Andrew Price
Blaine (Wash.)
As he continues to develop physically, will be a bigtime weapon at the collegiate level.

Next 10 (11-20)
11. Steven Richards, Sandy (Utah) Alta- Committed to BYU
12. Kody Kohl, Gilbert (Ariz.) Mesquite- Committed to Arizona State
13. Zach Jones, Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Thunderridge
14. Keoni Bush-Loo, Honolulu (Hawaii) Kamehameha
15. Terrance Daniel, Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd
16. Eric Lemke, Issaquah (Wash.)
17. Trevon Calahan, Encino (Calif.) Crespi
18. Jeremiah Valoaga, Oxnard (Calif.) Channel Islands
19. Joshua Cook, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei
20. Nick Rudolph, Ventura (Calif.)

National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager Brandon Huffman, Southwest Recruiting Analyst Jason Jewell and Northwest Recruiting Analyst Jake Worthen contributed to these rankings.

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