Heels go in-home with Texas TE

Houston tight end Gabe Ratcliffe says UNC is recruiting him the hardest.

Missouri (12/5) has taken the lead for Houston TE Gabe Ratcliff.

"I love the way they throw the ball to the tight end and it seems like a great place," says Ratcliff. "I hope to learn more about them when I take my visit."

Slightly trailing the Tigers are Texas (12/12, childhood favorite), TCU (1/9), Arkansas (1/16, WR coach James Shibest in-home 12/1) and North Carolina (1/23, recruiting the hardest, coach Hal Hunter in-home 12/1).

Ratcliff says all have offered, except Texas, plus Arizona, Oklahoma St and Texas A&M.

He expects an offer from the Longhorns.

"They call me every week and they told me how they only let their top recruits visit on 12/12 because that's their banquet weekend," he says. "So I think they'll offer then.

Ratcliff, a former wideout who just won't stop growing, is a tight end who will split out as a receiver from time to time, causing some headaches for opposing defensive coordinators. What's really impressive is this kid already carries 230 pounds on his 6-3 frame and has plenty of speed to burn.

It's this potential that has North Carolina recruiting him so hard.

"UNC told me they really need a tight end and that I could play right away," he says. "I'll decide after my visits."

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