Tyler Luatua: Next Great Tight End Class of 2014

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The tight end position has gone from glorified run blocker to viable receiving option, and then eventually to primary weapon on offense. No high school tight end is a better example of this than Tyler Luatua.

Luatua has been impressing at scouts at the opening as well as with his own team, and will have many choices for playing college football. He attends La Mirada High School just outside of Los Angeles. The La Mirada Matadores went 9-2 last season, and were led by Luatua and Oklahoma commit Dallis Todd at wide receiver.

They ended up losing in the second round of the CIF Southeast quarterfinals by one point. Todd and Luatua will definitely hope to lead this team on a much longer playoff run, hopefully to a championship.

The three teams everyone thinks Luatua has narrowed down to are the teams who were arguably the three best teams in the country last season: Alabama, Notre Dame and Ohio State. But no one seems to be ruling out USC due to its proximity to his home. Any of these schools will be lucky to get the tight end’s skill set out on the football field.

It all started with Luatua getting primarily looked at by Bama and USC, but Notre Dame and Ohio State has pushed hard for him lately. He currently only has visits scheduled with the Buckeyes, Tide and Irish, which is why they are considered the top three. Notre Dame would be an intriguing choice with its recent reputation of being known as “Tight End U”.

No matter what happens with Luatua, he will enjoy great success at the college level.

Tim Carroll is a Prep Sports Columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TimboSlice00 and add him to your circle on Google.


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