Weis visits Florida TE

New Kansas head coach Charlie Weis has been hitting the recruiting trail hard since practically the second he was officially announced on Mount Oread. One of his first targets was Largo (FL) Indian Rocks Christian tight end Sean Culkin, and Friday he traveled to the Sunshine State to visit the three-star prospect personally.

In the early going of their Friday in-home visit, Sean Culkin had an important question for Kansas head coach Charlie Weis.

Did he have a scholarship offer from the Jayhawks?

"He said, 'What do you think I'm at your house for?'" Culkin said, laughing.

The new front man on Mount Oread has wasted no time in burning up the recruiting trail, and the 6-foot-6, 210-pound tight end from Largo (FL) Indian Rocks Christian was one of his first targets.

A quick look at his stats shows why Weis - and so many other coaches - are interested. During his senior campaign, he hauled in 55 passes for 981 yards – an astonishing 17.84 yards per catch average for a tight end – and 18 touchdowns.

A standout overall athlete, Culkin is also a player on the AAU basketball circuit with the Florida Rams. On the gridiron, he currently holds offers from Iowa State, Missouri, Rutgers, Central Florida and a handful of others, in addition to the one he recently received from Kansas.

Culkin was somewhat familiar with Weis from his tenure with the University of Florida, as the Gators have shown interest in him as well. However, Friday's meeting was really his first opportunity to sit down and speak with him at length.

He came away impressed.

"I thought he was a great person," Culkin said. "He's one of those coaches where he has two sides. He's firm and disciplined, but he's compassionate at the same time. he's got a good personality and it was fun to be around him."

One of the major selling points for the three-star prospects where the Jayhawks are concerned is the brand of offense Weis is planning to implement. Historically, the tight ends have been a major piece of the puzzle in his pro-style attack, and tight ends such as Anthony Fasano and Kyle Rudolph have flourished in his system.

"They make a complete tight end," Culkin said. "He can use them blocking and in the running game."

Though he hasn't set a firm decision date, he knows he's got a lot to ponder during the next couple of weeks.

"I'm just really going to think about it over break," Culkin said. "I'm going to spend some time with my family and think of all the pluses and minuses of all the schools."

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