Commit Fit: Tight ends
Sometimes it’s not always the highest-rated prospects that fit the best with the school of their choice. In this series we call Commit Fit, Rivals.com National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell picks five players at each position he thinks fit seamlessly into the schemes at the schools they’ve chosen. Today we look at the tight ends.
Wright is a big, physical target who will be a quarterback’s best friend in the Notre Dame offense. He can be effective in the flat, sitting down in soft spots of the defense and he can stretch the field as he adds speed. The tight end in Notre Dame’s spread offense can be effective if he’s talented and Wright has a ton of talent.
Stanford’s pro-style offense is conducive for big receivers, especially tight ends, to delay off the line and sneak out into an open area as either a first or second read for the quarterback or as a check down. The number of successful tight ends at Stanford under David Shaw and his mentor Jim Harbaugh has been impressive and Parkinson could be the most natural pass catcher of the group.
Like Stanford, Michigan State runs a pro-style offense that relies on power running sets and allowing tight ends to block and release in play action to find an opening. The third leading receiver for the Spartans was a tight end last year and with Dotson’s ability, he could be that guy down the road.
Tom Herman gets a lot of attention for his work with quarterbacks and running a wide open offense, but tight ends get a bit of work in the red zone and at Texas, a flex tight end like Leitao will get work in between the 20s as well. He’s very good at gaining separation and he can stretch the field a bit so watch for him to be a big part of the Texas offense before long.
A 6-foot-5, 255-pound tight end was Pitt’s No. 2 receiver last season as Scott Orndoff was just one reception away from the team lead and averaged more than 16 yards-per-catch. With a new offensive coordinator, things could change, but Reeves is that big, physical and athletic target in the mold of Orndoff who could see plenty of action down the road. Pitt has utilized the tight end well since Pat Narduzzi took over the program and the position is key to their offensive strategy.