Big Board: Tight End

Michigan State could be in the picture for Scout.com's top-ranked tight end, but is that it? What other options could possibly be in the picture down the road?

With plenty of youth at tight end on the current roster, Michigan State can afford to be selective at the tight end spot in the 2015 class.

One figures to be the number taken, but it isn't as much of a need as other spots, given that Jamal Lyles and Josiah Price are sophomores, with Dylan Chmura a year behind and Matt Sokol two back after enrolling early in the 2014 class.

The good news for the Spartans, though, is the No. 1 tight end on Scout.com is taking a long look at the Spartans. Behind Clark, some in-state prospects without offers could emerge during their senior seasons.

The names:

Chris Clark – Avon (Conn.) Old Farms

Clark is the lone five-star on Scout.com at the position and holds offers from coast to coast. He committed to North Carolina at one point, but that did not last. It looked for a while as if Ohio State and Michigan led, but now it reportedly is Michigan and Michigan State on top for Clark. He will visit both in June (June 18 for MSU) and plans to announce his decision at The Opening in July.

Cole Chewins – Clarkston (Mich.)

Chewins will camp at Michigan State this weekend in hopes of earning an offer. The question that some have with Chewins is should be a tackle in college and that is only increased by the fact Clarkston rarely throws to a tight end in their offense and he is primarily a blocker. He will use camp season to show he can catch the ball and play downfield. Having bulked up into the 230-pound range works in his favor and he holds offers from a handful of MAC schools.

Austin Ervin – St. Johns (Mich.)

Ervin is a big bodied guy who committed to Central Michigan over an offer from Western Michigan. He could factor into plans as the Spartans certainly know about him.

Chris Damschroder – Ann Arbor (Mich.) Huron

Putting Damschroder on the big board is a bit of a stretch, to be honest. He is an unknown mostly, but was impressive a couple weekends ago at a camp in Wixom. He has the size and is very, very athletic – he also is a lacrosse player – so he could be an interesting prospect. He also played tackle last year out of necessity at Huron, so he is moving back to tight end this year. He will camp this weekend at Michigan State as he is breaking in to the camp scene for the first time. It would take an incredible performance and, probably, a good senior year to factor into plays, but if the Spartans decide they really want to take a tight end, his name could be talked about.


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