South: Top Five Tight Ends

The tight end position is very strong in the South this year and we take a look at the best of the best right here.

South: Top Five Tight Ends
Hometown: Prattville, Ala.
High School: Autauga Academy
Size: 6-5/225
Recruiting: Committed to Alabama, but visited Auburn late in February.
Scouting Report: Howard is a very athletic tight end. He can run, he really makes adjustments on the ball well, and he has a lot of room to get better. He does not face true competition in high school, so making the move to the SEC will be something to watch. He needs to add muscles mass, improve his blocking technique, and just continue to play physical. He will be a real threat down the field and could create mis-matches on the next level.
Hometown: Little Rock, Ark.
High School: Pulaski Academy
Size: 6-6/240
Recruiting: Offers from all over are in and some schools that are targeting him are Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, and Oklahoma.
Scouting Report: Henry is used more as a weapon down the field in high school. He can flex out and create a real mismatch, so he will need to work on playing off the tackle, becoming a stronger blocker, and just becoming more of a force in the trenches. Down the field and off the ball, he has everything that you look for. He can run, he has very good hands, he has great body control, and he is very athletic.
Hometown: New Orleans, La.
High School: Edna Karr
Size: 6-5/230
Recruiting: Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, and Texas are five schools he has interest in.
Scouting Report: Dobard is a prototypical tight end with his combination of size, speed, and toughness. He is a solid blocker, but he can also line up outside, and create mismatches. He can still improve his route-running and his quickness out of his cuts, but he has a good mix of what it takes to be an every down tight end on the next level. He has very strong hands, he can block down, and he can make plays.
Hometown: Durham, N.C.
High School: Hillside
Size: 6-5/240
Recruiting: Former East Carolina commitment and he has been picking up offers often lately. He says he is open.
Scouting Report: McNeil has only played one year of high school football, so his best is still well ahead of him. He really catches the ball well with his hands, he is very fluid for a big athlete, and he has the perfect frame for a tight end. He is still learning how to block, how to set his hands, and he is still getting stronger. He still has to improve his route running too, but he has the tools to be elite. Natural athlete with soft hands.
Hometown: Lake Charles, La.
High School: Alfred M. Barbe
Size: 6-4/220
Recruiting: A number of schools have offered Smith, but many that know him feel in-state school LSU is the one to beat.
Scouting Report: Smith is a very good pass catching tight end. He is a very fluid runner and he has shown great body control when the ball is coming his way. He is still lean, so he needs to add weight, get stronger, and really add blocking to his game as a tight end. He excels in getting in space and catching passes, but he needs to improve on blocking and getting off the ball when someone lines up over him. He has a lot of upside.

The Next Five: Mike Heuerman (Naples, Fla.), A.J. Jackson (Hampton, Ga.), Jordan Leggett (Navarre, Fla. - Clemson Commitment), Matt Burke (West Palm Beach, Fla.), and Deondre Skinner (Patterson, La.).

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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