June 26, 2008

Coyle has Sun Devils in top five

Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian has developed a reputation for producing Division 1 talent. Just two years ago the program had 11 players sign with Division I schools. The Lions again have several prospects for the class of 2009. One of those prospects to keep your eye on is Chris Coyle, who starts at tight end and defensive end.

Coyle currently claims offers from Air Force, Army, Boise State, Duke, Portland State, UNLV, Utah, Washington and Washington State. He said he has also been hearing a lot from Arizona State and UCLA.

All of the schools recruiting Coyle are projecting he will play tight end except Portland State, which has reportedly offered him at defensive end.

"I am being recruited as a flex tight end, my route running and hands are the best parts of my game," Coyle said. "I pretty much catch anything that is thrown at me and I don't care what linebacker is covering me I am going to find a way to get open.

"The coaches at ASU and UCLA have told me that they want to see me block a little more. That is what they told me they wanted to see before they offered me. So I have been working on my technique a lot."

The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder has already made trips to ASU and UCLA for their respective spring game. He also attended UCLA's camp and recently participated in Arizona State's Maroon and Gold camp.

"I got to work out with Coach Cozzetto at ASU's camp," Coyle said. "He already knew that I could catch the ball so he was expecting a lot out of me in the one-on-one drills. I was really paying attention during the blocking drills so that I could pick up some pointers that he would have for me to improve my technique.

"Since I have gotten back to school I have started to work on what he told me in practice. It was a lot of fun working with him, he is a great guy and I would love to be coached by him someday."

Last season Coyle was named offensive player of the year for the Lions after hauling in 19 passes and four touchdowns. Meanwhile on defensive he totaled 60 tackles and 10 sacks. Those numbers helped him to be named first team All-League, All-County, and first team All-CIF.

"We have begun our summer workouts," Coyle said. "Our team is looking a lot better right now than we were at this point last season. We are already working on the more complicated plays in the offense, stuff that we didn't get to until the middle of last season so its already looking up for us.

"My goal for 2008 is to try to make All-State and catch anything that touches my hands. I also want to improve on my blocking to impress these schools that are thinking about offering me."

Just last weekend some of the off-season work started to show dividends for Coyle

"Last weekend we were able to come out on top at Saugus Under the Lights Passing Tournament," Coyle said. "There were 36 teams in it so we got some great experience from it."

Coyle is a talented athlete who was the only sophomore to letter in baseball for Oaks Christian in 2007. He has also been clocked running the 40 yard dash in 4.63 seconds with a 280 pound max bench press and a 380 pound squat max.

With his father being an UCLA alum and his mother a University of Florida alum, Coyle grew up rooting for both teams. That experience has helped him to have a good idea of what to look for when making his college decision.

"I want to go to a college town, I want to be in a place where the whole town is about the program," Coyle said. "I want to see stability from the coaches and meet the players to get a feel for what they are like. I definitely will pay attention to the direction the program is heading. Weather is also important. I understand it rains a lot up in Washington but it is still a really nice area."

Outside of a possible visit to UCLA on June 29th, Coyle for the moment plans on keeping a light summer schedule and is willing to wait on a pair of schools before making any decisions.

"My top five in no particular order is Washington, UCLA, Arizona State, Washington State and Boise State," Coyle said. "Right now I am not in any rush to make a decision, the thing is the coaches from ASU and UCLA told me that they want to see a game or two before they offer to see how my blocking has progressed. So I am really not in any rush."

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