Scouting Report: TE Kyle Anderson

The Woodlands TE <b>Kyle Anderson</b>, who is considering Miami, LSU, Texas, Texas A&M (offer) and UCLA (offer), is definitely a prospect to watch. We assess the skills and upside of the 24th-ranked prospect in the Texas Hot 100 in the following scouting report.

Strengths: Immediately, one points to this kid's excellent size for the TE position. He eyeballs at or close to 6-4/6-4.5 and a good 245/255 pounds. As good of a pass-catcher as he is a run blocker, so he's not one-dimensional. Showed the ability to execute multiple blocks, which was exciting to see. Sustaining his blocks just long enough, another plus. Looking toward the next level, would like to see him become more of a drive blocker, however, he's well above average in the technique department, so that should come when he develops more strength, particularly lower body. Also showed the ability to locate and execute his blocks against moving targets (usually, linebackers). Shows adequate to above average speed for the position and shows very good hands in the limited footage available. He does a great job of catching the ball away from his body and is tough to bring down after catch. He offers a good deal of upside.

Areas To Improve: Would like to see him develop a bit more of a mean streak. A little too finesse at times, but usually gets the job done so being a bit picky. And not at all trying to suggest that he isn't physical because he can be. Keep in mind, kid's bulked up some since his junior year, so he could be even more physical in his final season. His burst off the line could use some work. He's not as explosive as he could be on his release. And want to see maximum effort, all the time in that area. He does that, kid'll make another huge jump in his overall game

Bottom Line: Anderson offers quite a bit at the TE position given the fact that he shows the ability, feet and technique to be a good run blocking tight end while also possessing enough speed to pose a threat to linebackers and defensive backs in the passing game if he continues to work on his route-running, release, speed and burst. This makes him an all-purpose tight end prospect. If he works his tail off in the areas he needs to improve, he could become an impact tight end for a strong D-I program.

Star ranking: We give three stars to prospects ranked from No. 21 up to about the mid-60s of the Texas Hot 100. Anderson, currently at No. 24, is at the high end of that range, but not sure he's a 4 star-guy (top-20 slots in the state) although he certainly could prove that to be the case with a solid senior campaign. We'll re-rank quite a bit over the next few months, and as we scout more, we'll have an even better idea on where Anderson stands among the top prospects in the state. Regardless, the Woodlands TE is definitely a very solid three star prospect and three star prospects make the Big 12 Hot 100 regional list.

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