Marietta (Ga.) Walton High tight end Sam Letton is one of the top players at his position in the South. Letton is enjoying a strong senior season (highlights in the video above), saying his Walton squad sits at 8-1 with a bye this week. They are gearing up for the playoffs and a run at the state title.
Despite being in the middle of his senior campaign, Letton is also focused on his recruitment. He has several offers on his list, but says four are standing out right now. That does not mean he has eliminated anyone, just that four schools have made a big impression. They are Syracuse, Wake Forest, Western Kentucky and South Florida.
"Those are the four that are coming at me hard and have peaked my interest," Letton said.
The Orange are a school that has recruited him hard for quite some time. In fact, he is planning to take his official visit in the second or third weekend in December. He speaks with tight ends coach Jake Moreland on a regular basis.
"We talk at least once a week, every Wednesday," Letton said. "We talk to each other through messaging two or three times a week. Just saying how each other is doing and who we have this week. We just have a really good relationship. He tells me how they like me and how I would fit into their offense.
"I have the option of going mid-year (early enrollment), so he asks me if I'd ever want to do that and I tell him I'm not sure yet."
Letton says he loves the way Syracuse plans on using him and believes it best takes advantage of his skill set. It also gives him a shot to play early.
"He says I would have a good chance to play next year if I came in and worked really hard," Letton said. "Got my feet wet in the system. If I came in mid-year, I would have a really good chance to learn the offense and get a feel for everything.
"I wouldn't be a traditional tight end. I would be the t-back as they call it. Line up in the backfield, puts his hand in the ground too but also lines up in the slot. That's what I would mostly be. I love it. That's what I'm doing right now in my high school."
The three-star prospect added that his interest in Syracuse is "very high." He is excited about the official visit and cannot wait to see the campus in person. While the Orange are the school the furthest from home, he says that will not be a factor in his decision.
"Regardless, of where it is, it's going to be the fit," Letton said. "The program and the coaching staff and how I feel. All four schools are great. It would have to be the feel. I can't make a rash decision."
The plan for the 6-foot-2 tight end is to take officials to all four schools and make a decision afterwards. He did not rule out, however, the possibility of committing during an official if he feels he has found his next home.