At 6-foot-6, 245 pounds, Jude Wolfe is a larger than life player. But his physical talent is only part of makes him one of the most highly-rated tight ends in the class of 2019.
For this four-star recruit from Laguna Hills, California, football runs in the family.
Wolfe’s father, Mark, played at Western Michigan University. His cousin Ryan Gutierrez played at University of California and his brother Jakob currently plays for Saddleback College, just south of Los Angeles.
“Athleticism has just been in the family,” said Wolfe. “My sister also plays volleyball at Irvine Valley [College].”
When he started playing football in the seventh grade, Wolfe was already the size of most full-grown men, standing over 6-feet tall. It was then that he began to realize that he had unique attributes that could make him special.
In order to build on that realization, Wolfe saw St. John Bosco High School as the place where he would have the best chance to prove himself.
“I saw it as an opportunity to fulfill my dream of playing college football,” said Wolfe.
While Wolfe may have had the height and skill to play in the Trinity League, one of the country’s most competitive high school football conferences, he still had to grow into his body.
“I used to always tell him ‘You run like a baby giraffe,’” said Terry Bullock, an assistant coach at Bosco. “He just had to develop a little more.”
Along with developing physically Wolfe has also had to learn all the responsibilities and skills involved with being a star tight-end.
“I’ve been trying to blend in more blocking with my receiving since this season,” said Wolfe. “Having more size has really helped me with that.”
At the start of his junior season, the 17-year-old weighed 233 pounds, 12 pounds less than he currently is. Bullock attests that to Wolfe’s hard work.
“The kid is a weight room warrior,” said Bullock, “ He finally started to get that nastiness on the field, which made him a better blocker.”
This improvement in Wolfe’s all-around play has garnered him several collegiate offers from schools such as Ohio State, Notre Dame and Alabama. However, Bullock thinks Wolfe will be staying on the West Coast.
“I think it’ll be Washington or Oregon,” said Wolfe’s long-time coach, “They’ve been recruiting him the hardest.”
As spring practices start and he prepares for his senior season Wolfe has high expectations for himself.
“I try to model my game after [Rob] Gronkowski,” said Wolfe, “He’s just an all-around threat and that’s what I want to be.”
Bullock echoed Wolfe in his expectations for Bosco’s upcoming season, “We got crushed by Mater Dei last year, but these kids are hungry. They want it this year and Jude is going to be a big for us.”
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