TE Prospect Chris Coyle

Chris Coyle, the 6-2, 225-pound tight end from Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian, might be a prospect in the mold of UCLA's Ryan Moya. Having received his first scholarship offer, he talked to us about his recruitment and his ties to UCLA...

Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian, has sent 15 players to D-I schools in the last two years, and while their 2009 class won't be as loaded as it has been in the past, tight end Christopher Coyle (6-2, 225) is the Lions' headliner and he's already the owner of an offer.

"Boise State offered me, and I was pumped out because it pretty much came out of the blue," said Coyle. "I was up there visiting with Chris Potter (his Oaks teammate who signed with the Broncos), and it was my second visit up, and during the tour of the school, Coach (Chris) Peterson called me into his office and he said he wanted to be the first to offer me. I was pumped."

Coyle said that he had no indication from the Broncos' staff that an offer was coming, though he felt like it could happen.

"I kind of had a hunch when Coach Pease came up and asked me if Coach Peterson had talked to me yet. A couple minutes later, I'm in Coach Peterson's office getting offered. I was just going up for their spring game and checking it out. So I was relieved to get the offer out of the way. All my teammates have told me, the first offer is the hardest to get and once other schools see it, more start to come," said Coyle.

And Coyle is hoping the Broncos' offer opens doors with a slew of other schools, several of which he's been in contact with.

"I'm talking a lot with Arizona and I think I'm going to their 1-Day Camp. I went to Arizona State's spring game and I've been to UCLA's spring practices and their Spring Game. I'm going to Oregon, Oregon State and Washington State, and Washington State said they just want to see my size and they want to offer me," said Coyle. "Florida is my dream school. My mom went there and I've always loved watching them. I actually backed up Duke Lemmens my sophomore year and now he's there."

UCLA also has family ties with Coyle, and the Bruins are a program he's watched plenty growing up.

"My dad went there and he played water polo and won a national championship at UCLA," said Coyle. "When UCLA and Florida played in basketball, my mom would keep her distance and let him be angry."

Coyle has spoken with UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel and was compared to a current Bruin tight end.

"Coach Neuheisel said he sees me in more of the flex tight end role, and its one I could see myself playing. He said I'm a lot like Ryan Moya with my speed and agility," said Coyle.

Coyle said he had a list of seven schools that were standing out for him which included Boise State, UCLA, Oregon State, Arizona State, Arizona, Washington State and Oregon, with the Broncos leading.

Playing for Oaks, Coyle has been no stranger to the talent and recruitment that was common on the campus. It also allowed him an opportunity to soak in the advice of his teammates.

"It helped me with my character and reminded me I was playing football because I loved it. I know after practicing against those guys, I could handle any body. Now I'm ready to go up against the best," said Coyle.

Coyle said his camp plans include Arizona and UCLA's 1-Day Camps and he's working out weekly with Fusion in the Conejo Valley.

During his junior year, Coyle had 19 receptions for 264 yards and four touchdowns and defensively, added 60 tackles and 10 sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery.

Academically, he has a 3.2 GPA and is set to take the ACT this spring.


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