Category rankings: Tight ends
The Rivals.com recruiting experts have broken down countless hours of film and racked up plenty of frequent flyer miles to see the top prospects compete at events across the country. In the process of evaluating overall talent, several prospects gained notice for their mastery of specific skills.
We've selected the best of the best in each category for every position and ranked them. Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barry Every breaks down the tight ends.
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5. RICHARD WILSON, Spanish Fork (Utah) High
THE BUZZ: Projects as a tight end, but runs his routes like a receiver.
THE BUZZ: Did a nice job getting deep at the Los Angeles Nike Camp.
THE BUZZ: Spends a lot of time lined up as a receiver, and he can make short passes turn into long gains.
THE BUZZ: Two-sport star brings his basketball athleticism to the gridiron.
THE BUZZ: Displayed good speed as he worked out with the receivers at the Gainesville Nike Camp.
OTHERS: Malcolm Bush, Hackensack (N.J.) High (Rutgers commitment); Kenneth Cooper, Merced (Calif.) High; Tyler Eifert, Fort Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Dwenger; Trey Graham, Waco (Texas) Midway (Texas commitment); Jordan Najvar, Klein (Texas) Oak.
5. ZACH ERTZ, Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista
THE BUZZ: Only played in five games last season but still hauled in 38 passes.
THE BUZZ: Won the receiver MVP award at the Los Angeles Nike Camp because of his route-running and consistency catching the ball.
3. RICHARD WILSON, Spanish Fork (Utah) High
THE BUZZ: Caught 46 passes for 700 yards and nine touchdowns last season.
THE BUZZ: Looked like a rebounding machine at the Los Angeles Nike Camp, pulling in every pass.
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THE BUZZ: Caught everything thrown his way at the Tuscaloosa Nike Camp.
OTHERS: Reid Fragel, Grosse Pointe (Mich.) South (Ohio State commitment); Orson Charles, Tampa Plant; Tanner Poppe, Girard (Kan.) High; Hutson Prioleau, Fort Worth (Texas) All Saints Episcopal (Texas A&M commitment); Austin Tate, Harrison (Ark.) High (Arkansas commitment).
THE BUZZ: Probably the most physically impressive tight end on the hoof; also could be a star at weakside defensive end.
THE BUZZ: Not only a star on the gridiron but also on the hardwood.
THE BUZZ: Two-way starter also recorded 63 tackles on defense.
THE BUZZ: Two-sport star also is considered a Division I basketball recruit.
THE BUZZ: Richardson ran back-to-back 4.7's at Missouri camp, and could project as a strongside defensive end or even a defensive tackle.
OTHERS: Kenneth Cooper, Merced (Calif.) High; Jacob Green, Wyoming (Ohio) High; Barrett Matthews, Houston North Shore (Texas commitment); Jordan Najvar, Klein (Texas) Oak; Morrell Presley, Carson (Calif.) High (USC commitment).