Jonathan Loyte, 6-6, 245, 4.6 OL, TE, St. John's of Danvers, Mass
If you imagine a 6-6 offensive linemen 4.6 speed and a 35 inch vertical leap, don't worry. You are not becoming delusional, you're just thinking about Jonathan Loyte. Jonathan Loyte is a offensive line coach's dream come true. He is a big guy who couples superb athletic ability with linebacker speed. He's a full qualifier with the agility to play basketball and the skills to play baseball. Finally, he is a guy who can really bring it on the grid iron. It is no wonder that Jonathan has trouble remembering all his offers, which, to date include Rutgers, Vanderbilt, Maryland, Syracuse, Boston College, Duke and UConn.
Last season Jonathan played DE on defense and TE and C on offense. His DE stats were impressive. They included 77 tackles and 10 sacks but it was the 5-6 pancakes blocks a game on offense that got him First Team All Boston Herald notice and put him on the recruiting map of every recruiting coordinator in the east. This summer, however, Jonathan will have his own maps of the east. He'll eschew the usual camp circuit and take a road trip to some of his schools of interest in order to find out where he feels most comfortable. Included on the itinerary will be Rutgers, Duke, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Northwestern, and Michigan State. He has already taken unofficials to Maryland, Syracuse, Boston College and Stanford.
Does Rutgers have a chance against so many suitors?
"I'm definitely interested in Rutgers," Jonathan notes and adds, "early playing time is a key and I want to be comfortable with the surroundings." Jonathan notes that the fact that Rutgers is close and is in the Big East is a positive for the Knights, he also noted that he likes Joe Susan who is recruiting him.
Will Jonathan choose the Knights? Right now he considers himself "wide open" but Rutgers fans won't have long to wait since Jonathan plans to make a decision before the summer is over. "After I take my unofficials, I'll decide," he told me.
I told Jonathan that I would be back in touch with him before the summer was over. This is a recruiting story too hot to miss. Check back and we'll have Jonathan's leans and interests after his summer "unofficials" are over.