Charles in Charge

Northside High School produces college football prospects each and every year, and Class of 2012 tight end Reginald Charles will be a top player for the Vikings next season. Find out more about Charles and hear from his teammate, Tyler Porter, on what Charles brings to the table.

"I'm 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds with a 4.65 in the 40-yard dash," said Reginald Charles, a junior at Northside High School. "I can play tight end or defensive end. I'm undecided about where I'll play in college. I'll play anywhere I'm needed."

Charles didn't get a whole lot of passes thrown his way in 2010, but he did post some nice numbers when given the chance.

"I caught 10 passes for 210 yards," he said. "I'm an all-around tight end who can both block and catch. I'd love to play defensive end, too. I'm very aggressive and I love to hit. I'm going to play on both sides of the ball next year.

"My junior year was good, but I missed a few games during the season with a minor knee injury. I came back before the end of district play. My best game probably came against Breaux Bridge in the playoffs. We were lacking speed at tackle, and they had the fastest defensive end I've ever played against. I moved down to tackle and carried the load; kept him from getting to the outside."

Charles had his best night catching the football vs. district rival Cecilia, hauling in three receptions for 70 yards.

"He's a good player who transferred to Northside from Comeaux," said Charles' teammate, all-state defensive tackle Tyler Porter. "He started off the year at tight end and did a really good job. We moved him to offensive tackle at times...he can play defensive end, which tells you he's pretty athletic.

"Among the offensive players, he was the biggest leader in terms of being vocal. When we were practicing and some of the other offensive linemen were really nervous (about facing the first-team defensive line), Reginald would get on everyone and try to fire them up. When the offensive linemen were down, he would pick them up."

Charles says that Tulsa is his favorite school, along with TCU. He also likes Louisiana Tech.

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