In a different time, Downington East tight end Cary Angeline would have probably been projected as an undersized power forward playing college basketball at some mid-major somewhere.
But in today’s world, he is the kind of coveted tight end prospect that doesn’t come along very often. A long athlete with a big frame and great hands all equal to one of the top tight end prospects in the nation for the 2016 class.
Angeline is a good athlete that is incredibly coordinated for a big man, but it’s obviously his size that is the most impressive thing about him. He’s a giant out there with long arms and huge hands to go with that height. He is practically slim right now though and should be able to add 20-30 pounds on to his frame once he gets in a college strength and conditioning program.
He’s a matchup nightmare for defenses in the passing game. Teams will struggle to find someone to cover him because he uses his size to his advantage to create separation and has such a huge catch radius. Defenders will have to hope they can win with body position, but even if they do win that battle, he can still snatch the ball away from them over their head because of his height and reach advantage. He’s a huge weapon to have in the red zone.
He is a natural hands catcher who routinely catches the ball away from his body. He has really strong hands and is capable of making spectacular grabs with only one hand as well. There is no issue with him catching the football in traffic at all either.
He’s a threat in the middle of the field and can break arm tackles after the catch, but can line up on the outside as well and be a handful for cornerbacks. He has good enough long speed to threaten up the seam, shouldn’t be able to run away from athletic linebackers at the next level.
He’s a willing blocker that has all of the tools to be a dominating one. He gets good pad level and the majority of the time does a great job with his hand fit and body positioning. His feet lead him to be an effective in-line blocker because he can beat defenders to spots and can reach ends on the edge.
What he doesn’t do enough is finish. He shows flashes of being mean and playing to the whistle, but just flashes. He frequently doesn’t sustain his block long enough and let’s his man get back into the play. He needs to keep his block to the whistle and not settle by thinking he that did a good enough job. I’m sure it will be emphasize to him a lot at the next level.
He could easily be an in-line tight end in two back scheme, but he also is athletic enough to be more of an H-back or slot type in a spread scheme if that’s what is asked of him. He’s capable of playing in just about any scheme.
The first player I thought of when watching Angeline was former Notre Dame tight end Kyle Rudolph. I believe he has the same kind of tools to be an All-American caliber player that can do it all in an offense. I haven’t broken down a lot of tight ends yet in this recruiting cycle, but I would be surprised if I saw too many others that have the same ceiling that Angeline has.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach).