Jake Byrne could be my favorite prospect in this recruiting class for the Badgers. He lines up everywhere on the field. His athletic ability for his size is unmatched. Byrne can bend and come off the edge to make plays as a defensive end and he shows the ball skills of a wide receiver on offense.
The Badgers will sign a very good crop of defensive linemen in this class and its got to give Coach Bielema piece of mind knowing that if need be, Jake Byrne could also play defensive end or defensive tackle.
Watching Byrne on film, I see a tight end that's naturally athletic and adjusts well to poorly thrown footballs. He gets up the seams and knows how to get uncovered. Jake gets up field quickly and runs hard after the catch.
Most importantly, Byrne is a terrific blocker. He's very good in pass protection and he can also wham block and get out on the 2nd level and take on linebackers. A year of learning under Travis Beckum is going to do Jake Byrne a world of good and he should be ready in 2009 to be a solid football player for the Badgers.
Like every Prep Star, Byrne will find the adjustment of playing college football tasking to say the least. To be an outstanding tight end at a major D-1 school, Byrne will need to show he can separate and get open. He'll need to stick his foot in the dirt and get four yards of separation at times.
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