What is surprising about Middleton, is that the adjustment to TE is coming with such ease - he has never played the position before. "My big position last year was DE. I had 12 sacks and 60 tackles and was a leader on our defense. I did well last year, and one of my better games was in the state championship game vs. Middletown South. But in terms of TE, we had a senior play that position mostly last year. I did not have any catches last year."
In order to make the transition, Middleton has been working hard in the off-season. "I have been working out, about 5 times a week. Mostly lifting weights, doing sprints, running bleachers, and a lot of agility drills. I have also been practicing my routes. I have always had pretty good hands, but my focus last year was more on the defensive side of the ball."
This year, Middleton would like to make a big splash at the TE position and show college recruiters his versatility as an athlete. "I want to show recruiters that I can play anywhere on the field, that I am a team player, and that I work hard. Right now I am just hoping for a college scholarship and an opportunity to play at the next level."
The 2 schools showing most interest in Middleton at this point are Kansas State and Cincinnati. "Kansas State has been sending me the most stuff and I am going to their camp. Hopefully I like it there and they like me."
In terms of the home-state Scarlet Knights, Middleton had to say "They are the home school. They have beautiful facilities. I would love it if they showed more interest in me."
With his size, athletic ability, and upside, Middleton will be one to follow in the future.