Highlights: Isaac Nauta vs. Paramus Catholic

Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy standout Isaac Nauta is more of an old-school tight end. A tight end who can stay on the field all three downs. Blocking is something he does well. He can look like an extended offensive lineman at times. Very strong and could drive blocking. Has very good hands. Big tight end, but really soft hands that receives the ball well. Can be a real weapon inside the red zone and will be a go-to guy on third downs. Very dependable and has physical and finesse game. -- Chad S

IMG Academy star Isaac Nauta had already established himself as the nation’s top tight end, but in last week’s 28-20 victory over Paramus Catholic he showed he can contribute on the defensive side of the ball as well.

“I played pretty well,” Nauta said proudly.  “I’m playing on two rolled ankles so I’m not 100%. I caught two balls tonight, pretty big completions and then got a couple sacks on defense. So not a bad night.”

“They’re a good team.  We said it all year long that’s probably the best 3-3 team we’re going to play. They’ve got a lot of talent; Rashan Gary being one of those guys. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy but we knew if we just do what we’re supposed to do we come out with the W.”

The four-star prospect didn’t make his typical impact on the game through the air, hauling in two receptions for 52 yards, but over the course of the season he has proven to be a match-up nightmare when split out wide.

“I’m definitely a pro-style tight end, but the one interesting thing is with being at IMG I’ve been more of a spread guy,” he said.  “They’ve found more ways to incorporate me and get my hand down and stuff like that. I can definitely see myself in a spread system too.”

For the latest on Nauta’s recruitment premium members be sure to check out his interview with The Michigan Insider here.

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