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Texas TE commit Dominick Wood-Anderson looks the part of an immediate contributor

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Following his second season among the JUCO ranks, Wood-Anderson should transition seamlessly to the ‘Horns offense.

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No prospect is perfect, but the Texas’ latest commit, Dominick Wood-Anderson, is as close to an ideal addition as the ‘Horns could have hoped for this cycle considering the needs.

The nation’s top-ranked JUCO tight end target out of Arizona Western, Wood-Anderson surprisingly sided with Texas on Tuesday evening over Alabama and Louisville, in addition to offers from Oregon, LSU, Tennessee, Auburn and TCU, among others.

One look at his film and it becomes clear why landing Wood-Anderson was such a huge recruiting coup for tight ends coach Corby Meekins, largely due to how seamlessly he should fit into the ‘Horn offense in 2018.

Standing at 6’5, 245 pounds, Wood-Anderson boasts a tremendous frame and one that should develop further once he’s under the guidance of Yancy McKnight in Austin. For perspective on just how impressive his frame is at this point, consider that Malcolm Epps, Texas’ other primary 2018 tight end target, stands at 6’5.5, 218 pounds, so Wood-Anderson is certainly Power 5 ready from a physical standpoint.

It’s what Wood-Anderson is able to display despite his size that makes him such a tantalizing talent, though.

Despite the tight end label, Arizona Western utilizes Wood-Anderson’s versatility by often splitting him out as a wide receiver, targeting him down the field and even in tunnel screens. Such is possible due to Wood-Anderson’s remarkable athletic ability for his size.

Most known for his pass-catching prowess, Wood-Anderson flashes notable burst at times and is a fairly fluid route runner at this stage in his progression, considering he mostly played quarterback in high school. While he’s certainly solid in this regard, Wood-Anderson can afford to make his route running a bit more crisp, but that will likely come with time and repetitions at the position.

In any case, he’s polished enough to consistently find ways to get open and utilizes his size and above average speed to give himself a decisive advantage over most, which could lead to Wood-Anderson becoming a walking mismatch against linebackers and smaller defensive backs once he arrive on the Forty Acres. From that point, Wood-Anderson presents a massive catch-radius, solid body control and has strong hands. And while it’s his ability as a receiver that will earn most of the praise, Wood-Anderson is a capable and willing blocker when he puts his hand in the dirt, although there’s relatively little film to assess just how effective he can be in the trenches over an extended period of time. Given his skill set, though, he’ll likely be on the field as a target for Shane Buechele far more often than as another body to protect whichever running back is in the game at the time.

In short, Wood-Anderson is essentially an ideal addition for Meekins’ tight end room.

The talent is clearly in place, as is the upside with him still being fairly new to the position and already being dubbed as the nation’s top-ranked JUCO tight end. More notably, though, when Wood-Anderson arrives on campus, he’ll immediately provide Texas with an experienced option and quite likely, its most talented at the position.