Players at every position want to know how they would be used by the coaches who are recruiting them. But for tight ends that might be more true than players at any other position.
Whether it's true or false there is a common belief shared by many recruits that some college football programs use the tight end a lot more than others. It is true beyond doubt that college football programs use their tight ends differently. How tight ends are used is often determined by the system each coaching staff wants to run.
NC State is recruiting several tight ends and the staff is making the same case to all of them or at least most of them. They want to use tight ends, they use their tight ends in a balanced way, and it's a good program to be featured at if you're a player at the position.
They started making that case to IMG Academy's Tre McKitty "a while back" when they offered, the player said this week. McKitty did not expect NC State's offer when it came through.
"The coach hit me up on Twitter and then about two days later he said he wanted to pull the trigger. That was when I gave him a call. He just liked the kind of tight end I am. They said most tight ends are kind of like one-trick ponies but they really like how versatile I am."
McKitty (6-3 1/2, 219) is not one of the bigger tight ends to hear from NC State in the last few recruiting classes. There are some coaches who might balk at his size, probably more his height than his weight. That is not a concern for NC State's coaches who believe he is an explosive player who is better able to get open than most other tight ends.
"Coach Clayton (White) is the one who's talked to me and he just told me that they use the tight end a lot. He thinks I would be a great fit for their offense and it seems like it could be a good fit."
White has already told McKitty that he wants to see him on campus as a visitor soon. McKitty said that's possible but not a definite yet. That is more due to McKitty not knowing his plans than a lack of interest in State.
McKitty was committed to Miami but since the coaching change that led to Mark Richt taking Al Golden's position he has opened his recruitment again and seems to be looking at a wide ranging list of schools.
Originally McKitty attended school and played football at Tampa Catholic High School before transferring to IMG Academy.