Two offers and counting for Weber

A talented tight end that can be a threat as a receiver as well as a solid blocker is something every offense needs. Joliet TE Kyle Weber (6-6, 249) is a playmaker that has improved his blocking immensely. JCFootball.com caught up with the gifted tight end recently and he updated us on things including where his focus has been the past couple years...

"When I was in high school I played wide receiver," Weber, who prepped at Hersey High School in Arlington, Illinois, told JCFootball.com recently. "I didn't qualify and my dad played at Joliet so he said that would be a good option for me to look at and I really liked the feel here so that's why I came here.

"Once I got here, they said I needed to add weight and bulk up because I was too big for wide receiver, but I was too small to play tight end at that point, so I redshirted."

After adding about 30 pounds and working on his strength, Weber made a splash as a redshirt freshman for the Wolves hauling in 18 passes for 200 yards and three touchdowns.

"I have good speed, but honestly I don't know how fast I am anymore," Weber said. "I was timed in high school in the 4.6 range and I'm faster now, but I haven't tested in that in a long time."

Weber has also been working hard in the weight room, leg pressing over 650 pounds while also putting up 350 pounds on the bench.

"Your legs are what help you in blocking, so that's been a big focus for me," Weber noted. "I like blocking as a tight end a lot better than when I was a wide receiver. It's easier actually, just because your guy is right there and you can be physical with guys right in front of you instead of having to track them down in the secondary."

On the recruiting front, Weber already has two offers and he's got several other schools looking at him closely.

"Toledo and Northern Illinois have both offered me," Weber said. "Michigan State, Wisconsin, Central Michigan and Ball State have all been contacting me a lot and they've shown me some interest as well.

"I've actually been getting a lot of info from the Big 10 and MAC schools and a couple of Big 12 schools have also shown me some interest as well."

Since Weber redshirted in 2006, he'll have two years to play two when he's able to sign with a team in December.

We'll continue to follow his progress as the offseason rolls along and update things as they change.

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