Darel Middleton is tough to figure. Still, interest in him hasn’t waned.
The tight end from Oak Ridge (Tenn.) High hasn’t spoken much about his de-commitment from Arizona State. He was also once committed to Tennessee. The curious recruiting trail hasn’t affected the interest in him from some of the most prominent colleges in the south, according to Oak Ridge head coach Joe Gaddis.
Middleton is rated as the No. 24 tight end in the country, and the No. 14 player in the state of Tennessee in the Class of 2016.
“Florida and Florida State are still interested in him,” Gaddis said. “I know Tennessee is still interested in him. There’s a lot of schools. Kentucky, North Carolina, I know they’re still interested.”
This time around Middleton is expected to be less hasty when he commits to a school.
“I don’t sense that he’s wanting to do anything real soon,” Gaddis said of a potential commitment.
Gaddis has enjoyed watching the growth of one of his top players. The coach said Middleton is close to 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds.
“But he’s still a very fluid athlete,” Gaddis said. “He runs well. He’s a prototypical tight end in college with great, great athletic ability.”