Breaking It Down: Nic DiLillo

To date there have been three tight ends who have surfaced in Ohio for the class of 2008 who look to be high profile recruits. All three bring different strangths to the table. The best all-around tight end may be Nic DiLillo and we'll tell you why.

There is no doubting the athleticism and ability of Trotwood Madison's Brandon Moore. Cincinnati Elder's Kyle Rudolph is probably the best blocker of the three, but after watching film of Madison High tight end Nic DiLillo he may be the best all-around tight end in the state of Ohio for the class of 2008.

Measureables: DiLillo checks in a 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds. He is not a burner as his average forty-yard dash time clocks in at around (4.85). He has shown very good lateral movements which is all evident by solid testing numbers. He has run a (4.59) shuttle and a (7.53) L-Cone

Production: DiLillo caught 46 passes this year for 580 yards and four touchdowns.

Good: DiLillo has a great frame, we could see him easily adding 30-pounds in college. His ball skills are exceptional for a high school tight end. He shows a knack and desire for going up in the air and coming down with everything throw his way. DiLillo has perfected the fine art of breaking away from press coverage. Often times at the high school level a strong backer or end can slow a tight end up by grabbing him at the line of scrimmage, not DiLillo. One of the most impressive aspects of DiLillo's game in my eyes is his blocking ability. Not only can he line up and play smash mouth, but he is very good at seal blocking and getting into the linebackers.

Bad: His speed is a concern, but there are times when you will see DiLillo pull away from defenders, so he is not slow, but at times his release seems to lack some explosion. He needs to work on his overall strength, there are times he is in the open field and he gets tripped up easily, while other times he'll be bowling people over.

Prediction: It's still very early, but DiLillo looks to be s high three-star or low four-star prospect at this time. With solid combine showings he could easily cement himself as a solid four-star prospect.

#88 TE Nic DiLillo

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