2010 Position Review: Tight Ends

Last season, the tight end position at the JC level was loaded with talented players. Most fit into the 21st Century mold - athletic enough to fit into a spread system - but there are still some that bring a physical presence to the field, able to block and be like a sixth offensive lineman on the field. Here's a look at where the top prospects ended up and how they fit into their new environs...

Ellsworth TE John Rabe (Minnesota) - Rabe is an athletic tight end prospect who could end up splitting out wide for the Gophers once the season gets underway. As a freshman Rabe hauled in 25 receptions for 488 yards and two touchdowns and he was just as productive this past season reeling in 46 receptions for 487 yards and two touchdowns. Originally committed to Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill while he was at Northern Illinois, but then switched when he get the offer from the Gophers.

Mt. San Antonio TE Ernst Brun (Iowa State) - The Cyclones have loaded up with JUCO talent on the offensive side of the ball with two players from City College of San Francisco - QB Steele Jantz and WR Aaron Horne - and Brun from Mt. SAC. All three promise to be big contributors this fall with Brun possibly moving out to a wide receiver position, able to use his 6'4", 225-pound frame to cause matchup problems for cornerbacks. As a freshman in 2010, Brun hauled in 12 receptions for 278 yards and three touchdowns and this past fall he posted 47 receptions for 515 yards and three touchdowns.

NW Missi ssippi TE Jamal Mosley (Mississippi) - Mosely fits into the role of the big, physical tight ends that can play on the end of the line while also being a threat as a receiver in the short and medium zones. As a sophomore in 2010, Mosely hauled in 32 receptions for 309 yards and three scores while also helping his team rush for 205.5 yards per game. In addition to his offer from the Rebels, Mosley also had offers from Texas A&M, Memphis and Arkansas.

L.A. Harbor TE Sterling Carter (Purdue) - The Boilermakers got a good one when Carter decided to head to Big 10 country. With is 6'5", 245-pound frame, Carter has the size to be a mismatch for defensive backs and enough athleticism to cause problems for linebackers. The Seahawks didn't use him as a receiver much - he only hauled in 10 receptions for 109 yards - but Harbor head coach Brett Peabody said he feels Carter can be a receiving threat in the right offense. In addition to his offer from Purdue, Carter also had offers from Southern Miss and Tulsa and was getting interest from several other BCS programs.

Snow TE Drew Robinson (Arizona) - After a redshirt season in 2008, Robinson posted six catches for 79 yards and one touchdowns in 2009 and as a sophomore he was much more productive hauling in 28 receptions for 346 yards and four touchdowns. Robinson's talents fit perfectly with the Wildcats' wide-open attack and he can be counted on to block and receive with equal effectiveness. In addition to his offer from Arizona, he also had an offer from Toledo and was getting attention from other Pac 12 as well as WAC and Mountain West schools.

Others who signed with FBS or FCS programs: Mississippi Gulf Coast's Kennedy Helms (South Alabama); College of the Canyons' Randy Horton (Nevada); Butte's Anthony Kincy (Arkansas State); Georgia Military's Tyler Knight (Ohio); NDSCS's Colby Kratch (Toledo); Foothill's Travis Lorius (San Jose State); Iowa Western's Max Miller (San Jose State); El Camino's Eric Stewart (Nevada); Northeast Mississippi's Cody Woodiel (Troy); Arizona Western's Andrew Power (North Texas); Phoenix's Tyler French (SE Missouri State).


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