Post-Signing Day Evaluation: Catlett

CycloneNation.com is breaking down Iowa State's football recruiting class of 2005, one by one. The fourth in a series of 25 player evaluations is Fort Collins (Colo.) tight end Derrick Catlett.

Derrick Catlett
Tight End
Fort Collins, Colo. (Fort Collins HS)
6-4/235/4.9
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The Particulars -- Four-year letterwinner ... second-team all-state pick in Class 5A by the Rocky Mountain News ... honorable mention all-state selection by the Denver Post ... team finished 9-4 his senior season, and were semifinalists in Class 5A ... ranked in Rivals' Colorado Top 15 ... SuperPrep all-Midlands team ... on Scout.com's Colorado Top 25 list ... among the top 70 tight ends nationally by Scout.com ... missed half of his senior year due to a stress fracture in his leg ... had 39 catches for 608 yards and two touchdowns as a junior, earning second-team all-state and first-team all-conference honors ... honorable mention all-conference as a sophomore ... finished career with 70 catches for 1,362 yards and six scores ... coached by Eric Rice ... three-year basketball letterwinner ... second-team all-conference as a junior ... three-year baseball letterwinner at catcher ... two-time second-team all-conference pick.

Seals' scouting report – Injuries limited Catlett during his senior season, but ISU coaches got to see all they needed of this talented tight in padded camp. Will need some time in the weight room to build up his strength, but will be a player that can stretch defenses with his speed. Catlett is the type of tight end coordinator Barney Cotton is trying to incorporate into his offense.

ISU offensive coordinator Barney Cotton on Catlett – "We really liked him right off the bat and gave him an early offer. He really impressed us as a receiver and route runner in seven-on-seven. Also, he has a great attitude and is willing to put in the time in the weight room. Tony had a good year recruiting and we were able to sign a couple of Colorado kids. That's Big 12 country and it made sense for us to be recruiting out there."

Short-term outlook –A redshirt season may be a wise idea for Catlett, given the injuries he sustained in his final year of high school. With Ben Barkema, Walter Nickel, and Brandon Tinlin atop the depth chart, and fellow freshmen Trent Flander and Eric Schultz coming in, ISU's numbers at the position should be much improved and will allow for Catlett's redshirt.


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