The number of tight ends in the state is generally limited and this year is no exception. Ohio State actually scooped up the first big name on the board when it received a verbal commitment from Jeff Heuerman (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier) over the summer. Louie Addazio (Gainesville, Fla./Buchholz), son of Florida offensive coordinator Steve Addazio, was Syracuse's first verbal commitment of 2011 when he chose the Orangemen back in April. Top available Nick O'Leary (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) might be the best player in the state of Florida. That's a bold thing to say about a tight end but O'Leary is not a normal tight end or a normal football player. He is as athletic as a wide receiver and as physically tough as an offensive lineman. But the 6-foot-4, 235-pounder plays the game with the sort of raw intensity that you see out of NFL All-Pros like Ray Lewis. O'Leary's final four is Alabama, Miami, Florida State and LSU. Any other year Brandon Fulse (Fort Meade, Fla./Fort Meade) would easily be considered the best tight end in the Southeast, but with O'Leary and Georgia prospect Jay Rome (Valdosta, Ga./Valdosta) on the board, he's been relegated to third best. That being said Auburn, Texas Tech, Tennessee, North Carolina and Miami are in for the 6-4, 250-pounder and would be extremely happy to sign him.
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