Toledo head coach, Jason Candle and his staff love to utilize tight ends within their offense. For instance, so far in 2016, senior tight end Michael Roberts has caught nine touchdown passes in just six games. Now, inside the 2017 recruiting class, the Rockets have received verbal commits from two of the top tight ends in the state of Ohio and the Midwest region as Travis Koontz has now pledged to Toledo.
Koontz, a six-foot-five, 235-pound tight end out of Boardman High School in Youngstown, Ohio had bigger offers from programs like Maryland and Iowa State as well as Ohio, Bowling Green, and Akron inside the Mid-American Conference but the Toledo offense just caught his eye.
"I like the way they use their tight ends, it's the way I'll be used," Koontz told us, "I'm more of a receiving and flex guy."
Koontz tells us that Toledo defensive backs coach, Ross Watson recruited him to the Rocket family since Watson has deep Youngstown ties as well.
"Toledo was just a better fit for me personally," Koontz stated on his commitment, "the coaching staff is awesome."
Koontz, who has been watched closely by Scout recruiting, has been evaluated several times throughout his recruitment process. His analysis reads like this:
Big framed kid who really uses that size. Goes up and attacks the ball at its highest point and wins a lot of jump balls. Positions himself well and has good hands and hand-eye coordination. Plays split out quite a bit, and from that position, has been good blocker. He's willing to be physical and gives good effort there, he will just have to learn those skills on the ball if he's going to be that type of tight end in college. Not a shifty kid after the catch, but runs hard and fights for extra yards.
Koontz, currently rated a three-star and the No. 4 tight end in the state of Ohio, joins fellow Toledo commit, Drew Rosi as committed tight ends. Rosi, also a three-star, is rated as the No. 5 tight end in the state as well, which leaves Rocket Nation extremely excited to get these two on campus.
The sky is the ceiling for the future tight ends in Toledo, Koontz and Rosi will be real treats to watch at the Glass Bowl for years to come.