Published December 25, 2013 - 10:00amNEW: Follow on facebook -
The tight end position in this SEC class is loaded with talent, and they could be on the field quickly. Here are five incoming SEC commitments who look like they’ll fit comfortably into the conference. All seem to have the build and talent to succeed at this level—and probably beyond.
Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings.
1. Jeb Blazevich—Georgia commit
- Charlotte Christian (Charlotte, N.C.), 6-5/230
- The skinny: The No. 1 tight end prospect in the SEC, Blazevich just fits Georgia’s persona. One can tell when you talk to him that he and Georgia and Mark Richt are going to click. He’ll flourish, and he’s built to compete at the SEC level. He had a solid high school senior year on both sides of the ball, also finishing with 60-plus tackles on defense.
2. Daniel Helm–Tennessee commit
- Clenwood (Chatham, Ill.), 6-4/230
- The skinny: Helm won’t just be coming to Tennessee to block, he can catch–just about as well as any wide receiver, to be honest. He has good hands but he’s also a big guy. Like Ethan Wolf (below), Helm is another Vols TE recruit from Big Ten country.
3. Jacory Washington—LSU commit
- Westlake (Westlake, La.), 6-4/220
- The skinny: Washington is a talented receiver and he’s huge—a nice combination at the tight end position. He has been on board with the Tigers for nearly a year—and he was on hand for several games this fall to try to persuade recruits to join the Tigers class–which may be competing for the mythical national title in a few weeks.
4. Kevin Crosby—South Carolina commit
- Bamberg Ehrhart (Bamberg, S.C.), 6-0/235
- The skinny: Crosby and Kalan Ritchie are both classified as tight ends in this Gamecocks class, and both are very good. Consider them the dynamic duo at this position.
5. Ethan Wolf—Tennessee commit
- Minster (Minster, Ohio), 6-6/235
- The skinny: The Vols went all the way to Ohio to get this special tight end, and Alabama wanted him too. As a junior, Wolf caught 12 touchdown passes at tight end—showing he’s not just here to block. “They like that I have the physicality and size to be a strong in-line blocker, yet also have the athleticism and ball skills to be strong in the passing game and help move the chains,” Wolf told SDS. “They feel I can play on the line of scrimmage, flexed out or in the slot.”
Here are the SEC’s top ranked commits by position prior to National Signing Day:
- Dual-Threat Quarterbacks
- Pro-Style Quarterbacks
- Running Backs
- All-Purpose Running Backs
- Wide Receivers
- Tight Ends
- Offensive Tackles
- Offensive Guards
- Offensive Centers
- Weak-Side Defensive Ends
- Strong-Side Defensive Ends
- Defensive Tackles
- Inside Linebackers
- Outside Linebackers