TAMPA, Fla. — Tre’ McKitty, one of the nation’s top tight ends, says he’s in contact with Tennessee most every day on account of his relationship with Vols assistant Larry Scott.
“Coach Scott was at Miami (Fla.) when I was committed to them,” said McKitty, referencing Scott’s five-game stint as the Hurricanes interim head coach last season after Al Golden was fired.
“I think Coach Scott going to Tennessee really kept that relationship going, (but) they had offered before he got there. I talk to him on a daily basis,” said McKitty, who plays at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. “It’s not even that much about football; we just talk about everything.
“He’s kind of like a father figure. If I were to go to school with him, it would be a good thing to have him there.”
McKitty, the nation’s No. 432 player and No. 17 tight end, was one of several elite prospects working out at the Sound Mind Sound Body Football Academy at Thomas Jefferson High School in Tampa on Sunday.
McKitty said he visited Oregon last week, returning on Friday. The Ducks impressed McKitty, who feels he’s capable of handling all tight end responsibilities.
“I feel like I can do everything, but my strength is I’m a pass-catching tight end,” said McKitty, who ran the 100 meters in 11.1 seconds last year on the track team.
McKitty is currently 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, but he said he expects to add more weight at the next level.
The 247Sports crystal ball features Florida and Auburn as favorites for McKitty, and in addition to those schools and Tennessee he holds SEC offers from Arkansas, Georgia, LSU, Kentucky, Mississippi State and Texas A&M.
Other national schools with offers include Oregon, Ohio State, Florida State, Miami (Fla.), USC, Arizona, Duke, North Carolina and Maryland.
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