At Newport Beach (Calif.) Corona del Mar, Sea Kings quarterback Chase Garbers may be getting all the recruiting buzz, but one of his go-to-guys -- Tae Le -- is turning into an intriguing prospect for the school’s 2018 class.
After catching 15 passes for 373 yards and scoring seven touchdowns as a sophomore tight end last season, Le has hit the 7on7 season hard with his teammate Garbers to not only help elevate his own recruiting stock, but prepare himself to have an expanded role in the Sea King offense this fall.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Le said his fairly new relationship with the highly-recruited Garbers, who owns 13 reported FBS offers, has gotten off to a nice start.
“I’ve only known Chase for two years, but our relationship has gotten extremely cohesive,” Le said. “He throws a great ball and it’s nothing compared to what I’ve seen. He and I connect on 99 percent of the balls in the air.”
Le was last seen beating defensive backs inside the red zone at the Passing Down Best of the West Regional on April 24 at Placentia, Calif. He was the trusted weapon for Garbers and their club team Gridiron Gamechangers, which finished in the top eight of the 18-team tournament.
Along with his bond with Garbers, Le adds that the Gridiron Gamechanger coaches James Finley and Kordell Knox have been instrumental in his development as a tight end.
“I love them to death,” Le said. “They’re great guys who look out for us and we do everything they want us to do. They’ve mentored us so well. I wouldn’t trade them for anyone.”
In his highlight film, Le displays an explosive burst off the line of scrimmage when he’s lined up out wide. He’s defeated cornerbacks with a head fake then a cutback to his right to get open. Lastly, he’s won his match ups inside the opposing 20-yard line with his brute strength and leaping ability.
Off the field, Le holds a 4.2 weighted grade point average. He hasn’t received any scholarship offers or camp invites, but said he took an unofficial visit to UNLV during the week of March 5 and had brief conversations with the Rebel coaching staff.
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Le concluded that he likes all of the California universities, but especially loves Stanford because of its academic and athletic reputation.