Name: Coby Fleener
High School: Joliet Catholic Academy
High School Height: 6-foot-6
High School Weight: 215 pounds
Graduation Year: 2007
Position: Tight End
Rivals.com ranking? Fleener was ranked as a three-star recruit and the 15th best player in the state of Illinois recruit rankings for the Class of 2007. Fleener was not a nationally ranked recruit according to Rivals.com Class of 2007 National recruiting rankings.
Fleener could be a poster boy for a recruit who's stock was undervalued at the high school level. Fleener, who was a starter for the run heavy Hilltoppers, had limited catches as a junior at JCA and missed several camps in the summer leading up to his senior year because of a hand injury suffered at a University of Minnesota one-day camp. The missed camp kept Fleener off several radar recruiting screens. However, he saw his recruiting stock soar during his senior season at JCA and landed scholarship offers and made official visits to Arizona State (11/17/2006), Nebraska (11/24/2006) and Stanford (12/08/2006). Fleener gave Stanford his verbal commitment on January 11th, 2007 and went on to become an All American in his senior season and was the 34th overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft. Fleener joined his college quarterback Andrew Luck (1st overall pick in 2012) in Indianapolis. He will begin his third season with the Colts in 2014.
EDGY's early impressions of Fleener? I remember seeing Fleener as a junior at one of my Rivals.com Junior Day events at Naperville North and remembering saying to myself, "What is this basketball player doing here?" Fleener at the time looked more like a small forward than a tight end, yet once I saw him at various summer 7-on-7's, his overall athletic ability, hands and overall speed were highly impressive. Fleener didn't have the weight and strength that you see today, but one look at him told you he had the frame and potential to add more size, strength and bulk at the next level. Off the field he was a very impressive kid who had smarts and was just a well-spoken young man.
So who was the first football scholarship offer for Fleener? Illinois State.
"It's pretty exciting to get an offer from Illinois State," he said about his offer from June of 2006. "I went to an Illinois State one day camp at Concordia College. I broke a bone in my hand at the Minnesota one day camp, so I was only able to run some routes and test. I thought I tested pretty well at the camp and the ISU coaches had some good things to say about my camp."