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2011 Texas Big Board: The Tight Ends

Tight ends on the 2011 roster -- Ian Harris (2011), Ahmard Howard (2011), Barrett Matthews (2012), DJ Grant (2012), Trey Graham (2013), Darius Terrell (2013/14)

Needs -- One

Targets --

Name (School) JD invite? Offer? Commitment Odds
Favorites Quick Take
MJ McFarland (El Paso El Dorado)
Feb. 13 No-brainer 85%
  • Texas
  • Texas Tech
  • UTEP
Impressed at the Army Junior combine with his ability to create separation against defensive backs. Could eventually grow into an attached tight end role. Excellent basketball player.
Max Stevenson (Klein Oak)
Unlikely 80%
  • Duke
  • Texas A&M
  • Texas Tech
  • TCU
Has excellent speed for his size, but is a project, as he will need several years in a college weight program to play attached tight end. Plays some outside for Klein Oak and performed well at the Army Junior combine. Minimal experience blocking inside. Not hearing much from Texas.
Chris Barnett (Euless Trinity)
Unknown Possible 33%
  • Texas
  • Miami
  • Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma State
Brother of Eryon Barnett. Sounded like a Miami lean early in the process and then sounded like a Texas lock. Hard to tell where exactly he stands. Plays some defense and just transferred to Euless Trinity, but his film is unimpressive -- looks like just another guy. Hasn't heard much from Texas recently.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Gig Harbor, WA)

Unknown Possible 10%
  • Oklahoma
  • UCLA
  • Florida
  • Miami
  • Notre Dame
A top national prospect who would have to make it to Austin to receive an offer. Has a unique size/speed combination and experience playing outside in high school -- an extremely versatile receiver and blocker. Often mentions that he is waiting on a Texas offer.

Overview -- It's not quite a need position based on the numbers, but it's a need position in terms of finding a difference maker and someone who can make an impact in the running game. McFarland seems like the best fit because of his size and frame -- he's also more developed and quite possibly more athletic than Stevenson. The good news for the Longhorns is that there is more talent in-state in 2011 than there was in 2010 -- the Longhorns should be able to find a tight end that the coaching staff not only likes but is willing to commit.

Other names to know -- Cooper Washington (Muleshoe)

Wish list -- McFarland. Seferian-Jenkins would be ideal, but there's no overwhelming indication that he would ever make it back to campus or even that he is that interested in the Longhorns and McFarland seems to fit the Texas offense better with his ability to play the flex position and grow into an attached role.