Stanford tight ends have been an accomplished bunch.
Under David Shaw’s watch, the Cardinal has imposed their will with physical pass catchers like pros Zach Ertz and Cobi Fleener, and Austin Hooper and the tight end-sized Devon Cajuste are prepping for this year’s NFL Draft.
On this year’s roster, Stanford features senior Greg Taboada, who has four career touchdowns, along with junior Dalton Schultz and sophomore Ben Snyder. The 2016 class includes top prospect Kaden Smith as well as Tangaloa Kaufusi and Scooter Harrington.
Stanford tight ends are a versatile bunch, and that’s what 2017 commit and U.S. Army All-American Colby Parkinson loves about the Cardinal.
“They have to do so many things and they're able to and Stanford just breeds tight ends. It's a pipeline for tight ends to the NFL so that's why I'm especially excited.”
Parkinson and Tucker Fisk are the two tight ends in the upcoming class. Fisk describes himself as a blocker who can catch.
Here is the four-star's assessment on his own play:
“Receiving-wise, I feel solid. I'm a longer guy, have more speed than these other bigger tight ends so I have that ability.”
Where can he improve?
“My blocking form. In high school, it's pretty easy to throw guys around and at my size. But at up at Stanford there are going to be some big boys, so if I can focus on my form, get my flexibility and soak it up for what my coaches are going to have (for me).”
He has also put a focus on getting more flexible. Not only will it help prevent injuries, but it to help set the edge for the Cardinal rushing attack.
“When you block, it's all about getting lower than your opponent. when I'm 6-foot-7, it's harder to get lower than my opponent most of the time so the flexibility will really help there.”
And he is taking notes on the successful Cardinal tight ends from the past.
“Just any little thing that can help me in my competition when I get to Stanford...I'm just trying to learn from it. I'm always paying attention to the little things people do that are ahead of me,” Parkinson said. “They've been there, they've done that, they know what to do. So it makes sense for me to learn from them.”
A few years from now, the next classes of Cardinal will be learning from him.