There is no question Oklahoma has been on the quest to find tight ends. With no returning tight ends on the roster, all options are open.
And for one of those options, tight ends coach Bruce Kittle doesn’t even have to leave his own house. Kittle’s son, George Kittle (Norman, Okla./Norman) is a two-star prospect that has considered being a preferred walk-on for the Sooners.
Kittle, 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, played receiver in high school and would need to put on some pounds, but he said he could see a future at tight end. He has offers from Navy and Air Force and is receiving interest from Wyoming, Dartmouth and Iowa.
Kittle had 23 catches for 370 yards and six touchdowns this season. He plans to take official visits to Air Force and Dartmouth in January.
SoonerNation: You have some quality offers, but how tempting is it to be a preferred walk-on at OU and play for your father?
George Kittle: Of course it’s something I’ve thought about a lot. There is something about being recruited by schools, too. I like that feeling. No question OU is definitely up there. We’ll just have to see how it goes. I have a lot of good options.
SN: You’ve obviously been to every OU home game that you could possibly attend since your father started coaching at OU, what has that experience been like for you?
Kittle: It has been great. Being there on the sidelines, and you realize a lot of those recruits are just high school students -- they’re not that different from me. Some people, like an Alex Ross [OU running back commit] really stand out, but I know I can compete. I want that opportunity.
SN: What is like having your father as an assistant coach at OU?
Kittle: It’s awesome. It’s also a learning experience. I get to see what coaches are looking for in highlight tapes. I’ve used that to alter my tapes so that it shows what coaches are looking for when it comes to catching and blocking. I get to see things that a lot of high school football players don’t get to see.
SN: How would you describe your relationship with your father?
Kittle: We’re best friends. It really couldn’t be much better than what it is. I’m in his office quite often. He’ll go over my film with me and show me what I can do to get better. It makes me feel like I have an advantage to have a great coach like my father spend that much time with me to help me improve. He is always pushing me to do my best.
SN: You know the situation at tight end for OU maybe better than most. Does that make the opportunity of being a preferred walk-on at the position that much more appealing?
Kittle: I see myself as in between position of tight end and receiver. My dad sees me at tight end. If I hit the weight room real hard, I can be 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds here in two years, he said. It’s difficult for me to gain weight but that could change in college.