Lamar Middleton - Adjusting to TE

Lamar Middleton, a 6'2 217 lb DE/TE prospect from Shabazz HS, in Newark, NJ has been impressive at both the recent and Nike combines held at Rutgers University. He certainly turned heads at scout, and was awarded 1st team All-Combine at the TE position.

Lamar Middleton, who has a nice frame to pack on some additional muscle, showed good explosion, agility, separation and hands at the recent Combines; all attributes one looks for in a Division 1 prospect.

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.

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