Iowa State 2016 Class Review: Tight End

AllCyclones.com is taking a position by position look at Iowa State's 2016 class with the help of each position coach. Up next is tight end, where Iowa State added three big, versatile prospects in the class.

Who Iowa State Added

 

The Scouting Report

Cliff Fernandez: Fernandez is a raw JUCO tight end who has only been playing the tight end position for a little more than one season. At 6-foot-3, Fernandez is a bit smaller than Iowa State's other two adds in the class but has good size and versatility. Fernandez has the ability to split out wide and play the H-back role, making him an every-down tight end in the Cyclones' offense.  — Scout's Alex Halsted

Dylan Soehner: Soehner has great size at 6-foot-6, 270 pounds and while some think he could develop into a Big 12 offensive tackle with that size, Iowa State hopes to use him instead to create mismatches at tight end. Soehner is a strong blocker who also has good hands for his size. He has the ability to be flexed out and used out of the backfield. — Scout's Alex Halsted

Chase Allen: Allen is a big, versatile tight end who has great athleticism to go along with his 6-foot-7 frame. Currently around 225 pounds, Allen will likely continue to add weight and could add 40-50 pounds by the time his career is done. Because of his athleticism, Allen can create mismatches against defensive backs on the outside while also playing attached to the offensive line. — Scout's Alex Halsted

 

The Position Situation

Early playing time could await all three tight end prospects as Iowa State aims to utilize the tight end position more in its offense beginning in 2016 and currently doesn't have a ton of depth. The Cyclones have tight ends Justin Chandler, Scotty Schaffner and Cole Anderson in the fold but the versatility of Fernandez, Soehner and Allen to play attached to the line, flexed out wide and in the H-back role could allow all three to play in any siutation versus only in sub packages. Time will tell what Iowa State plans to do with its soon-to-be freshmen tight ends, but with Fernandez on campus for spring ball, he'll almost certainly make an immediate impact next season.


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