Reese Leitao commit: What does it mean for Nebraska?
Nebraska picked up commit No. 14 from three-star tight end Reese Leitao on Saturday. What does this commitment mean for the Huskers?
Here is some early commitment analysis on Leitao's commit for the Big Red.
10 takeaway's on commitment No. 14 Reese Leitao
1. Nebraska graduates three tight ends after this season so its needs at the position were great in this cycle. The commitment of Reese may allow the Huskers to shut things down as they now have Leitao and Austin Allen at tight end and Ben Miles as a hybrid fullback/H-back.
2. Finding and landing a true tight end is becoming hard and hard to do these days. With as many spread offenses as you seen in high school now most tight ends are flexed out or really over-grown wide receivers. Very few guys have the ability to be an end-line blocker as well as a flex in the passing game, but Leitao does.
3. Leitao represents a big recruiting win as he was a guy that the Huskers targeted early and as did over 20 other schools. He had a final four of NU, Maryland, Penn State and Oklahoma State before committing to Nebraska on Saturday.
4. Leitao adds another dimension to Nebraska's tight end room which is nice since the Huskers like to use a lot of different tight ends on the field. Physically, he may be the most impressive looking tight end NU has landed since Cethan Carter.
5. Mike Riley and the Huskers continue to have success in the state of Oklahoma which is good for Nebraska. Leitao joins defensive tackle commit Deontre Thomas as Oklahoma natives in the 2017 class. The other nice thing about landing Leitao out of the Sooner State is that he hails from a winning, powerhouse program in Jenks High School. He's the first player NU has landed from there since Phillip Dillard in the 2005 class.
6. Tight ends coach Tavita Thompson deserves a lot of praise. Thompson has been an outstanding recruiting as the lead guy on Leitao and Austin Allen and was also very involved on several other commits such as Ben Miles in this class. That's something you don;t see out of a graduate assistant very often.
7. Nebraska commit breakdown
8/27 - Reese Leitao - TE - 6-4, 236 - Jenks, Okla. - 3 Stars
8/8 - Guy Thomas - DE - 6-3, 205 - Miami, FL - 4 Stars
7/31 - Ben Miles - FB - 6-1, 215 - Baton Rouge,LA - 3 Stars
6/29 - Robert Porcher - DE - 6-3, 250 - Orlando, FL - 2 Stars
6/17 - Broc Bando - OL - 6-4, 280 - Lincoln, NE - 3 Stars
5/15 - Matt Sichterman - OL - 6-5, 270 - King Mills, OH - 3 Stars
4/30 - Deontre Thomas - DT - 6-2, 260 - Mustang, OK - 3 Stars
4/21 - Avery Roberts - LB - 6-1, 215 - Wilmington, DE - 4 Stars
4/16 - Brenden Jaimes - OL - 6-6, 260 - Austin, TX - 3 Stars
4/15 - Austin Allen - TE - 6-8, 230 - Aurora, NE - 3 Stars
4/5 - Tristan Gebbia - QB - 6-3, 180 - Calabasas, CA - 4 Stars
3/23 - Keyshawn Johnson Jr. - WR - 6-1, 195 - Calabasas, CA - 4 Stars
3/12 - Javeon McQuitty - WR - 6-2, 190 - Columbia, MO - 4 Stars
3/10 - Willie Hampton - LB - 6-2, 220 - Plantation, FL - 3 Stars
8. Commits by position
1 - Quarterback
1 - Running back/fullback
2 - Wide receiver
2 - Tight end
3 - Offensive linemen
1 - Defensive tackle
2 - Defensive end
2 - Linebacker
0 - Safety
0 - Cornerback
0 - Special teams
9. Where are they from?
3 - Florida
2 - Nebraska (OL Broc Bando counts towards Nebraska)
2 - California
2 - Oklahoma
1 - Delaware
1 - Louisiana
1 - Missouri
1 - Ohio
1 - Texas