For the six tight ends set to participate in athletic testing and the 7On competition on the Nike campus at The Opening, the weekend will be all about showing off the pass-catching skills that sometimes have to take a backseat in the fall to focus on the blocking game. During their time in Oregon, it's all about the receiving skills that make each of these players a top prospect.
Chase Blakley, Coeur d'Alene (Idaho): The 6'5, 245-pound Washington commit was the lead dog in a talented group of tight ends at the Oregon NFTC and will follow in the successful footsteps of Austin Sefarian-Jenkins in Seattle. A smooth athlete with good size, Blakley is a force both in the passing and running game and should continue the string of great tight ends for the Huskies as Idaho's second-best prospect in the 2014 class. He's on Twitter @chase_blake208 and will catch passes for the Field Generals.
Jeb Blazevich, Charlotte (NC) Christian: The consensus No. 5 tight end nationally, Blazevich was a 3A All-State pick in 2012 when he caught 30 passes for 379 yards and five scores. He comes from a family of football talent: his grandfather, Ed Tate Parker, played at Ole Miss and his father, Jim Blazevich, played at Northwestern. The latest in the line of athletes was offered by 20 schools before choosing Georgia in April over other programs such as Ohio State, Ole Miss, Notre Dame and Alabama. Give him a follow on Twitter @JebBlazevich and stay tuned for his work with team Apocalypse as he shows off the pass-catching ability that makes him such a special prospect.
Ian Bunting, Hinsdale (Ill.) Central: Bunting is rated as the consensus No. 10 tight end in the country and a four-star prospect. He's athletic enough to play receiver, but will grow into a dynamic tight end at the next level once he adds some mass to his 6'6, 215-pound frame. An outstanding student as well, he committed to Michigan in April over offers from Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Purdue, USC, and Vanderbilt. He'll rep for team Vapor Carbon at The Opening and holds it down on Twitter
Kevin Crosby, Bamberg (SC) Bamberg-Ehrhardt: Undersized for the tight end position at 6'1 and 240 pounds, Crosby is a likely H-back or linebacker in college, having played both sides of the ball in high school, but truly excelling on offense -- he caught 31 passes for 910 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior. He was offered by Alabama, Clemson, Florida and North Carolina before committing to South Carolina at the beginning of June. Crosby is a consensus four-star prospect rated as the No. 9 tight end in his class. Those looking for him on Twitter won't find him, but he will be suited up for Super Bad in the coming days.
Tyler Luatua, La Mirada, (Calif.): Luatua is listed as the consensus No. 1 tight end in the country and the No. 86 overall recruit in the 2014 class. A CalHiSports.com Junior All-State pick last season, he has nearly 30 offers from top programs nationwide including Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, Ohio State, and USC, with industry consensus about his eventual destination split between Alabama and Notre Dame. The 6'3, 245-pounder is on Twitter @Luatua9 and will compete with team Alpha Pro.
Dalton Schultz, South Jordan (Utah) Bingham: A consensus four-star prospect, the 6'6, 215-pound Schultz is the consensus No. 2-rated tight end and No. 137 overall prospect in 2014. As a junior, he had 34 receptions last season for 490 yards and three scores. He carries a 4.0 GPA and has college offers from ASU, BYU, Cal, Colorado, Hawaii, Nebraska, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Washington and Wisconsin. As of yet, there's no industry consensus on his destination, but he can definitely be found on Twitter @BinghamBaller9 and will be catching passes for the Land Sharks.