In this segment of our look back at 2007’s top high school recruits, let’s look at the top rated tight ends in the 2007 issue of “The Forrest Davis Football Recruiting Annual”. We’ll look at the players that were chosen first, second and third team All-South. At tight end, only one player was chosen for each team.
At First Team All-South, the top tight end was Mitch Joseph, from New Iberia, Louisiana. A five star recruit, according to his 2007 bio, he is “An Outrageous blocker. Can run and catch. Runs well with the ball. Fierce competitor. Plays hard full time. Relentless.”
Mitch signed with LSU out of high school in 2007, and was redshirted that fall. Mitch has two career starts in three seasons with LSU, and has 7 catches for 69 yards heading into his senior year.
At Second Team All-South, the top tight end was Zack Pianalto, from Springdale, Arkansas. A four star recruit, according to his 2007 bio, he is an “Outstanding tight end who is really just a big receiver. Very agile. has to get a lot bigger for blocking purposes, but could be great if he works hard.”
Zack signed with North Carolina out of high school, and has been a productive player for the Tarheels since first stepping on campus. After making 24 receptions as a freshman, he had an off year as a sophomore with only 8 receptions but rebounded with 33 receptions in 2009, and 30 receptions in 2010, playing in only the first six games.
At Third Team All-South, the top tight end was Jordan Hammond, from Lakeland, Florida. A four star recruit, according to his 2007 bio, he “Plays both tight end and defensive end. Will need to get bigger to play either in college. He has very good skills. Runs routes and blocks well. Might actually play sooner as a defensive player.”
Jordan signed with LSU out of high school. I could find nothing to indicate that he ever played a snap with the Tigers. He left the team in early 2008 because of a serious knee injury that he suffered in high school.
Of the top three All-South tight ends in 2007, only one made a major contribution to their team.
Other 2007 tight ends of note include; Grant Freeman (3.5 star), who ended up as an offensive lineman at Arkansas, Nick Provo (3 star), who caught 33 passes for 365 yards at Syracuse in 2010, and George Bryan (3-star), has caught 93 passes, for 992 yards and 13 TDs in three seasons with North Carolina State.
It seems signing a tight end in 2007 was a crap shoot, with the best college talent being outside the top three rated players.