TE verbal gives insight into new offense

When the Wildcats received a commitment from four-star tight end Rob Gronkowski on Wednesday it gave Wildcat fans a peak into the new offense. Sonny Dykes is on board from Texas Tech, but that does not mean that it will be a clone of the Red Raider spread.

Make no mistake, the Cats will be spreading things out this season. There will be wider splits, more receivers and a lot of the great things that have made Texas Tech one of the nation's most explosive offenses.

However, with the verbal pledge of Gronkowski we know just a tad bit more about the offense. Expect it to look as much like the spread that we see at BYU as the one seen in Lubbock.

To be blunt, if the Cats did not plan on using the tight end, they would not have continued to pursue Gronkowski in a year where they have 21 scholarships to give.

Dykes made a tremendous impression on Gronkowski and his role in the new offense.

"Sonny Dykes came for an in home visit and it went great," Rob said. "He told me about how he wanted me and wanted to use me in his offense. He said he needed a big time tight end for his offense and that I was his man. I know I will fit in with the offense real well."

The BYU version of the spread was implemented by former Texas Tech assistant Robert Anae. Like Dykes, Anae learned the spread while serving as Rick Leach's offensive line coach.

The Cougars' version of the spread gets great use out of the tight end. Starter Johnny Harline led BYU is receiving yards and touchdowns. In 13 games he caught 58 passes for 935 yards and 12 scores.

Fellow tight end Daniel Coats caught 22 passes for 239 yards.

Last season the Cats' top tight end was Brandyn McCall who had just 11 catches for 99 yards, although the team's best pass catching tight end, senior Brad Wood, struggled with the affects of a knee injury.

While much of the new Wildcat offense is still a mystery, this commitment does give us an idea of what could be implemented. Knowing the Cats wanted Gronkowski after Dykes came on board let's us know that the tight end will be a feature in the offense for some time.

And thanks to Gronkowski's announcement, they should have a good one for the near future.

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