Commit Impact: Jacob Kizer

West Salem (Or.) TE Jacob Kizer added his name to Washington's 2016 recruiting class on Saturday. Here's a look at how he fits into the class and how he will impact the roster once he arrives at Montlake...



Scouting Report: The first thing that sticks out when you pull up Kizer's film is his size. He's a legitimate 6'4, 230 pounds. At that size, he's a huge target with an outstanding catch radius. As you continue to watch, you see an athletic kid who runs really well, is light on his feet and he's got soft hands. More often than not, the West Salem coaches split him out wide, so it's still hard to know his consistent abilities as a blocker. Kizer lets his play do his talking, showing an aggressive style and a love of the game.


How He Fits: Kizer's size adds yet another big body to the Husky tight end position.

Players like Josh Perkins, who finishes up his eligibility this fall, and Mike Neal, who will be a true freshman this fall, look more like big wideouts instead of your traditional tight ends. However, sophomore David Ajamu and redshirt freshman Drew Sample both have the size and athleticism that Kizer possesses.

Expect the coaches to do everything they can to redshirt Kizer once he arrives next season and then work him into things along with Neal, Sample and Ajamu starting in 2017.


Impact On The 2016 Class: Washington was only in the market for one tight end in this class and Kizer is it. Washington had offered a couple of other tight end prospects, but now with Kizer committed, the Huskies are done at the position.

There is a chance they would still take a commitment from De La Salle (Concord, Ca.) TE Devin Asiasi, but one of the two would likely be moved to another position (defensive end or offensive line).
The Bottom Line: Washington really wanted to add a big, athletic tight end prospect with soft hands to be an integral part of the offense down the road. Kizer fits that bill perfectly. After a year or two in the system, Kizeer should be able to work his way into the tight end rotation. At the very least, he could find a role as a big-time red zone target in Washington's scheme, but the expectation is he'll be a nice, every down tight end who can put his hand in the ground or split out wide.


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