Scouting Report: Cary Angeline – 2016 Tight End

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.

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Scouting Report: Devin Asiasi – 2016 Tight End

I’m not sure why more recruiting people aren’t talking about Devin Asiasi.

Perhaps it’s because he is just a part in what is a powerhouse high school football program in De La Salle where there emphasize team over everything else. Maybe it’s because of the position he plays. Tight ends rarely receive high rankings and several teams don’t even have a true tight end in their offensive scheme.

Whatever the reason is, throw it out. More people need to be talking about Asiasi. He’s one of the top prospects in the nation and could be listed as a blue chip recruit on both sides of the football.

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Scouting Report: Kaden Smith – 2016 Tight End

Size. Speed. Strength. Intelligence. All of these are important for a football player.

Sometimes though, all of those things without the nasty can make a player incomplete. Fortunately for tight end Kaden Smith, there is plenty of nasty to his game. It’s that edge that he possesses that puts him over the top as not just a good prospect, but a great one. It’s likely a big reason why he is a national recruit that is being pursued by schools all over the country.

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Scouting Report: Isaac Nauta – 2016 Tight End

Isaac Nauta is the first tight end I have broke down from the 2016 recruiting class. I might just stop after watching his film and call it a day.

That’s how impressed I am with what I saw from Nauta on film. The tight end out of Buford, Georgia has the chance to be a 5 star player, which is really rare for a tight end. His sophomore film makes me want to double check that he was actually a sophomore.

He plans to make his college decision in December and one lucky school is going to be getting an outstanding player for the next four or five years.

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SoaC Position Rankings: Top 10 Tight Ends for 2015

In a normal year in recruiting, it’s rare to have a tight end be worthy of a 5 star rating and this year is no exception. There is no player at the position that I would consider to be elite.

That doesn’t mean that there aren’t a lot of quality players at the position though. I can see all of these top ten players making an impact at the college level and becoming key players in their future offenses.

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Scouting Report: Willie Hibbler – 2015 Athlete

I always enjoy playing the “What if?” game with football players and their position. There are many skilled athletes that are good at their position of choice, but it’s fun to wonder how they would perform if they played somewhere else.

Willie Hibbler is what I imagine Cam Newton would look like if he played wide receiver or tight end. The University of Mississippi commit is a massive coordinated athlete that is already similar in stature to Newton and has a bright future catching passes in the SEC.

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Scouting Report – C.J. O’Grady – 2015 Tight End

It’s awful tough to compete in a division like the SEC West and it’s even tougher at a school like Arkansas. They don’t have the luxury of having a state flooded with SEC caliber talent so when those players emerge in-state, it’s critically important for the Hogs to land them.

So far, so good for Brett Bielema with this task for the 2015 recruiting class. The Razorbacks have done a great job of gaining a commitment from a big time quarterback in Ty Storey and adding a great option for Storey to throw to in C.J. O’Grady.

O’Grady is one the best pass catching tight ends in this recruiting class and has a very bright future at Arkansas.

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Scouting Report: Tyler Petite – 2015 Tight End

It’s not often that Duke battles USC for a recruit in football, but Duke also doesn’t usually win 10 games like they did last season.

It’s a new Duke under David Cutcliffe and they are hoping to steal a tight end out of Campolindo High School away from the Trojans. Tyler Petite is the type of talented prospect that usually ends up staying close to home, but wherever he goes, the future is bright for Petite.

Height: 6’5″

Weight: 225

Athletic ability/measurables

Petite is a very good athlete for the tight end position. He has solid speed and surprisingly good lateral agility. He has the ideal frame for the position, but will have to add quite a bit of weight. He looks leaner than his listed weight of 225 and needs to get stronger. He will greatly benefit from a college strength and conditioning program.

Skills/technique

Petite is a natural hands catcher. He’s a big target that will go up and high point the football. With his height, that makes him tough for any defensive player to cover.

He can be a threat up the seam as well as in the short and intermediate areas. He’s difficult for linebackers to stay with if he gets a free release at the line of scrimmage and is also productive after the catch. He lines up mostly in-line, but could line up out wide as well.

He is not a dominant blocker, but a willing one who will give effort and fit his block properly. This is an area where added weight and strength are going to be necessary in order for him to see the field.

Scheme fit

I think Petite can develop into the type of player that can either be an in-line tight end or even a possible Joker/move tight end. He is scheme versatile.

Potential

Petite has the potential to end up being one of the best tight ends to come out of this recruiting class. He will just need the time to get stronger and put on the proper weight to ensure he reaches that potential. If he does that, he should be a starter for multiple years and be a very productive pass catcher.

Recruiting Site Position Position Rank Stars
Rivals TE 13 4
Scout TE 16 3
247 Sports TE 13 3
ESPN TE 4 4

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). Jamie is also the former Sr. Editor, Digital Content and News for theScore.com.

Scouting Report: Jackson Harris – 2015 Tight End

Call me old fashioned, but I like tight ends that can block. I know that seems like a thing of the past for the most part these days, but I still yearn for the good old days of in-line tight ends that contribute in the running game.

That’s probably why I like Jackson Harris so much. He could easily be a player that lines up out wide, but he’s more of a traditional in-line “Y” tight end.

Height: 6’5″

Weight: 240

Athletic ability/measurables

Harris has good size. He is looks leaner than his listed weight, but should be able to add weight and strength over time. He’s a good athlete that moves well for his size. He doesn’t have dynamic speed for the position, but shows good short-area quickness.

Skills/technique

Harris lines up primarily as a in-line tight end. He is athletic enough to flex out if asked and is a very good receiver on short and intermediate routes. His routes need to be a little sharper, but that is something he should easily be able to improve. He doesn’t have enough speed to threaten down the seam.

He is natural hands catcher that catches the ball away from his body. He does a good job of adjusting to the ball in the air.

His best trait is that he gets after it as a blocker. He fits his hands inside and drives defenders. One of the few tight ends I have seen that looks to finish. He is doing it against smaller players, but the effort it outstanding. I don’t know if he’ll ever have the size to be a dominating blocker, but he is definitely going to be an effective one.

Scheme fit

Harris’ best fit is as an in-line tight end that can assist in the running game and also that uses him as an H-back type for wham blocks.

Potential

Harris does not have the dynamic speed to be a flashy tight end that earns headlines with his play, but he is someone who should develop into a consistent performer as a pass catcher and run blocker. His ability and willingness to block should get him on the field earlier than most before he becomes a very good starting tight end.

Recruiting Site Position Position Rank Stars
Rivals TE 11 4
Scout TE 10 4
247 Sports TE 7 4
ESPN TE-Y 6 4

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). Jamie is also the former Sr. Editor, Digital Content and News for theScore.com.