Lobo tight end Jeter has earned opponents' respect
By Jimmy Carter email@example.com
Nov. 1, 2012 at 10 p.m.
Rockwall-Heath defensive end Jay Arnold had to find out where Colin Jeter was playing college football.
The Texas A&M commit outweighs the 6-foot-6, 210-pound Jeter by more than 40 pounds, but was largely dominated by the tight end in a 52-27 Lobos win. Longview ran for 328 yards in the game, mostly with Jeter blocking at the point of attack.
Despite just suffering a blowout loss, Arnold made it a point to find Jeter on the Lobo Stadium turf after the game ended.
"He said I was a good player and asked where I was going to college," said Jeter, who is uncommitted. "We were just talking about college and our teams right now. We were complimenting each other."
That's when Jeter's mother approached her son and Arnold to get some pictures of the two competitors.
While the photo is likely destined for a scrapbook or Facebook album, it might just as well have found a home on a checklist of opposing players Jeter has blocked into submission this year.
While Arnold and Jordan Points, Heath's other end, are both committed to A&M, they were unable to slow down the Lobos rushing attack in a game that was 49-0 late in the first half.
"I thought I held up pretty good," Jeter said. "I anticipated a struggle, which it was. But I just had to bow up and get it done. When we started putting it on them, you could see their heads down. They were ashamed, basically.
"It was a confidence booster. If we can play like that every game, we'll be state champs."
Longview's coaching staff wasn't surprised by Jeter's efforts when it watched game film. Even in games the Lobos have struggled to run the ball, Jeter has been consistently solid.
"I even thought he played well against the boys from Coppell," tight ends coach David Ashley said. "He just keeps coming and coming and coming. You watch film and he's still blocking on the guy 20 or 30 yards down on the field.
"He gets beat sometimes, but you're not going to get him more than once or twice."
Jeter played H-back as Longview's No. 2 tight end last season and has emerged as a key starter at tight end this year. It didn't take long for him to pick up a role that varies each play.
"He's been the most consistent up front," coach John King said. "He has to do a lot. We ask him to block down in the C-gap on the power. We ask him to reach a defensive end. We use him in different motions in one-back sets. Then, of course, we run our passing game to our tight end.
"Lucky for us, Colin's a very intelligent player who can handle his plate being full."
Jeter almost didn't have to worry about the passing game in the weeks following senior quarterback Bivins Caraway's season-ending ACL injury against Coppell. Jeter spent the summer developing a chemistry with Caraway, but didn't get many opportunities after Caraway went down.
It took five weeks for Jeter to record his first catch of the season, a wait that could be tough on a player who was seemingly poised for a breakout year after catching four touchdown passes as a junior.
But Jeter didn't dwell on it.
"We just had to get back to blocking more, being unselfish and doing what's best for the team," he said. "You just do whatever it takes to win."
He's gotten more passes thrown his way since sophomore quarterback Dezmond Chumley became the starter, totaling five catches for 54 yards the last four games, including a 9-yard touchdown catch on a bootleg last week, his first score of the season.
"He can outrun a lot of people," Ashley said. "He looks gangly and awkward, but he covers a lot of ground, he can catch and he's real ball savvy."
Multiple colleges have taken notice of Jeter's combination of receiving and blocking ability. He has an offer from Northwestern State and interest from Air Force, Tulsa and Texas Tech.
"I'm taking everything into consideration," Jeter said. "I probably won't make my decision until after football season."
He may have dominated a few more Division I commits by then.
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