One they are looking at with interest is Murrietta Valley High School's Ben Bandel, a 6-7 255-pounder that also plays some defensive end.
Bandel plays both ways but definitely has a preference. "I put a lot more time into playing tight end. That's my main position and it's where schools are mainly recruiting me," said Bandel.
He has posted a 335-pound bench press, a 425-pound squat, he has vertically leaped 28 inches, and ran the 40 in 4.85 seconds last year.
Big Ben played hoops freshman and sophomore on the varsity but sat out his junior year due to a knee injury.
Bandel explains, "I had surgery because the meniscus in my knee was torn. They went in and cleaned it up, but then they went back in and put another meniscus in."
Because of that meniscus replacement surgery, Bandel was not able to play at the beginning of last season, hampering him from piling up any big statistics. He did return in time to play in the final five games and three play off games, which was enough to draw the interest of recruiters.
LSU and Michigan State are recruiting the hardest right now. Washington has also been phoning him. He has no offers yet.
Bandel is more than just a tough customer. He's a thinking-man's football player. "I work hard on every play, 110%. I try to be smarter than every player that's out there," he said.
He is considered very mobile for a big man and has the soft hands from his basketball days. "My strengths are that I can block and catch passes equally well."
Bandel had a pre-season game Friday and all systems are go in terms of health. "I did very well. My knee is 100%, and I'm doing well in school."
"In recruiting, all of my options are open. I'll wait to see what offers come in before I even start narrowing anything down."
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