Isaac Nauta is the first tight end I have broke down from the 2016 recruiting class. I might just stop after watching his film and call it a day.
That’s how impressed I am with what I saw from Nauta on film. The tight end out of Buford, Georgia has the chance to be a 5 star player, which is really rare for a tight end. His sophomore film makes me want to double check that he was actually a sophomore.
He plans to make his college decision in December and one lucky school is going to be getting an outstanding player for the next four or five years.
Nauta has the size to play tight end at the college level right now. He doesn’t have to worry about adding too much weight when he gets to the next level and can continue to get stronger. He’s a good athlete with great speed for his size.
He’s a natural hand catcher that catches the football away from his body and is good at adjusting to when the ball is in the air. He’s a solid route runner that is quicker out of his breaks than one would expect and can also uses his size well to create separation.
Has the speed to threaten up the seam and can run by a lot of inside linebackers in coverage. He’s good after the catch and can break arm tackles in the secondary.
He has the potential to be a dominating in-line blocker at the next level. He plays with great pad level and does a great job of fitting his hands inside. He plays mean and wants to finish his defender on every play. He’s athletic enough to get outside and reach defensive ends on the edge and pick up linebackers at the second level.
Although he is athletic enough to split out wide, his best fit is to be an in-line tight end that can be a huge asset as a run blocker as well as a receiver.
If Nauta is not the top tight end in the 2016 recruiting class then this is going to be a pretty awesome recruiting class at the position. He has the potential to be an impact player at the next level if he keeps developing like he has.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach). In addition to here, he breaks down Virginia Tech recruits for 247Sports’ VTscoop.com, Notre Dame recruits for SB Nation’s One Foot Down, and is the recruiting editor for SB Nation’s Pac-12 blog, Pacific Takes. Jamie is also the former Sr. Editor, Digital Content and News for theScore.com.