Texas has struggled in tight end recruiting recently, and only have one offer out to a tight end in the 2014 and 2015 classes combined. That's why it was somewhat of a surprise that arguably the most star-studded position, per capita, at the camp was at the tight end position.
Why was tight end so strong? Because the lone Longhorn offer, Clear Lake's Jordan Davis, was in attendance and looked outstanding, while two other players — New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr's Anthony Jones and Columbus's Mason Denley — were better than advertised.
Let's start with Davis. Physically, the 2015 tight end is very well put-together, standing at about 6-3.5 and weighing more than 240 pounds. Then, he ran a 4.7 40-yard dash, an outstanding time for a player of his size, or for a tight end in general. And finally, Davis had potentially the best hands of any player there, routinely scooping up off-target throws that were low or high with ease. Davis is powerful, athletic and can catch the ball.
Jones was another revelation. A player who hasn't had a ton of varsity experience, Jones really needed to come out and have a strong camp performance to earn a scholarship offer from the Longhorns. And it's hard to say, after seeing him on Sunday, that he isn't deserving. Jones gobbles up huge amounts of turf with his long stride, making him an extremely appealing option for the Longhorns' spread looks. It's so valuable, when deploying a spread, to have a tight end that can stretch the field down the seam vertically, and Jones is that kind of tight end. He routinely won 1-on-1s, beating some defenders down the field for long touchdowns, while also showing the ability to make the kinds of possession type plays that are required from tight ends on third downs.
The one major downside from his camp performance? Jones didn't clock very well.
Denley is the wild card. At 6-4.5 and 265 pounds, Denley is probably destined for an offensive line spot. But he showed explosion off the line and some athleticism that makes him an intriguing guy. He ran a 4.72 40-yard dash. But his hands weren't quite as natural as some of the other tight ends, and he has the frame of a guy who could blow up once he hits a college training table. With that kind of athleticism, he's an interesting option at either position.