West: Top Five Tight Ends

Riverside (Calif.) North's Marcus Baugh leads a strong top-ended group of tight ends...

West: Top Five Tight Ends
Location: Riverside, Calif.
High School: J.W. North
Size: 6-4, 215
Recruiting: Arizona State, California, Miami, Nebraska, Oregon, USC
Scouting Report: Baugh is an incredible athlete on both sides of the ball. He's getting looks primarily as a tight end but could easily play defensive end or even linebacker in college. He's also a talented basketball player but his future is on the gridiron. Baugh has strong hands and projects as a Kellen Winslow type tight end that can make plays down the field. He's much too athletic for a linebacker to cover but has a big size advantage over a safety as well. He's easily among the top five ends nationally and rising.
Location: Santa Ana, Calif.
High School: Mater Dei
Size: 6-4/225
Recruiting: California, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, USC
Scouting Report: Duarte is a big receiver at the high school level but will likely convert to tight end in college. He's a natural pass catcher with great hands and he uses his body very well. He's able to bully smaller corners and is great in jump ball situations. He has a great frame and should have no problem packing on the necessary size to play as a tight end in college. He hasn't been asked to block much but coming from a program like Mater Dei, where fundamentals are stressed, it shouldn't be a problem for him at all.
Location: Fruitland, Idaho
High School: Fruitland
Size: 6-4/235
Recruiting: Committed to Boise State
Scouting Report: Dhaenens is a traditional tight end who does everything well. He gives what you're looking for in the passing game and is a very good blocker. He's also a standout linebacker but was recruited to play TE for the Broncos. Dhaenens runs well, is very physical and shows good hands. He's an above average athlete, competes hard and has the talent to play for just about anyone out West.
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
High School: Cottonwood
Size: 6-4/215
Recruiting: Committed to Utah
Scouting Report: Fakailoantonga has great physical tools and the kind of frame you're looking for in a college tight end. He's an athletic tight end who can get down the field and his best football is head of him. He's still growing in to his body and is not close maturing physically. The athlete is also a talented defensive end prospect but is receiving all his offers as a tight end. In terms of upside, Fakailoantonga is a kid to watch very closely this spring/summer.
Location: Chaparral, Colo.
High School: Parker
Size: 6-4/220
Recruiting: Arizona State, Arkansas, Colorado, Duke, Nebraska
Scouting Report: Parsons lines all over the field and plays a lot as a wide out but projects as a tight end. He has very good hands, as good as anyone in the region and shows excellent body control as well. He adjusts well to balls high and behind him and has a large catch radius. He also shows surprising athleticism and can make plays down the field. He's a physical kid, very tough and should be a solid blocker in college.

The Next Two: Bryson Sullivan (Beaverton Aloha, Ore.), Grant Martinez (Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep, Ariz.) 


National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins (@GregBiggins), National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager Brandon Huffman (@BrandonHuffman), Southwest Recruiting Analyst Jason Jewell (@jason247scout) and Northwest Recruiting Analyst Jake Worthen (@JakeWorthen) contributed to these rankings.

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