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Profile: Gabe Horan
Position: Tight end
High School: Baldwinsville (N.Y.) Baker
The Scouting Report: Horan, the No. 12 prospect in New York's 2018 class, is an old school tight end who is already a strong, physical blocker.
Horan has the ability to sink his hips and then explode into the defender in the blocking game. He shoots his hands quickly and gets inside the defender, and he does so with good body control. He engages and drives his feet, and it is difficult for defenders to disengage.
In the passing game, Horan is a short pass threat. His size makes it hard for linebackers to match up with him close off of the line of scrimmage. He is able to get his head around and locate the ball well, and he shows strong hands when he catches.
Horan nees to continue to work on his speed and his quickness and acceleration coming out of a break. The route he runs at the 1:15 mark (video above) shows some of his agility, but also the need to increase the speed of his feet so he can be quicker getting out of the break.
He is big-bodied and more or a possession type of tight end receiver than a play-maker down the field.
Overall Analysis: When Syracuse is in short yardage, Horan will be a huge asset in blocking at the line of scrimmage. He has the toughness and physical ability to catch the ball in tight spaces. He gives the Orange an inside threat in the passing game.