With the early departure of tight end Martellus Bennett to the NFL and a renewed focus on the tight end position in new head coach Mike Sherman's offense, Texas A&M is in the market for a few good tight ends
Aggies have already landed one highly-touted prospect in Hutson Prioleau, and they have their sites set on a rising recruit from Klein Oak (TX), Jordan Najvar.
The 6-foot-6, 235-pound prospect holds 23 scholarship offers which doesn't seem to match his three-star rating by most services. A big part of that could be his light statistics in a run-heavy offense at Klein Oak, where he grabbed 15 passes for 205 yards and one touchdown. But schools who have offered like Texas A&M, Stanford, California, Arizona State, Miami, Nebraska, and Arkansas see his potential as a dynamic pass catching tight end.
"I've got good speed for my size. I've run a 4.55 forty and my average is in the low 4.6's," Najvar said. "I can play all over the field and find the mismatches. I'm too big for cornerbacks, and I'm too fast for linebackers."
Given Texas A&M's frequent use of the tight end as a pass catching threat in the spring, there's no wonder why Najvar is very high on the Aggies' list for the Class of 2009. Coach Sherman has had a history of utilizing the tight end downfield, something that has definitely caught the eye of the Klein native.
"Coach Sherman's offense has always featured the tight end," Najvar said. "I live in Houston and follow the Texans, and I believe the leading receiver for them last year was the tight end. That certainly interests me."
While his bread-and-butter is pass catching, Najvar realizes that to be a complete player, he'll need to improve on his blocking and line play.
"I'm working hard to build up my strength so I can improve my blocking next season," Najvar said. "I know in college I'll need to block and help on the line of scrimmage. My goal is to play at 245 pounds my senior year."
With so many schools pushing for his services, Najvar realizes it's time to start narrowing down his list. He will have a busy summer as his plan is to commit and end the process in early August to focus on his senior season.
"I really don't have a favorite right now, but I have narrowed it down to about six schools," Najvar said. "I'm looking at Texas A&M, Cal, Stanford, Arizona State, Miami, and Arizona. I'll be visiting Texas A&M again while I'm at the state 7-on-7 tournament (July 11-13). After that, I'm spending the next two weekends first seeing Cal and Stanford, and then visiting Arizona State. I should have a decision shortly after that."
Najvar looking at Aggies
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