The tight end group is one position we expect to be particularly deep in this 2023 recruiting cycle. Three of the nation’s best tight ends hail from the South-Central part of the country with other highly graded prospects also coming in from the East Coast, Midwest and out West.
Here were some of the tight ends in the conversation for tops in the country.
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Greathouse is a two-year starter for back-to-back Texas 6A state champion Austin Westlake and was the first freshman to start for this storied high school program. Greathouse turned 69 receptions into 1,145 yards and 13 touchdowns a season ago and has more than 100 catches, 1,800 yards and 23 touchdowns over the past two years.
He’s a standout basketball player and it translates on the field. He can separate downfield and make plays after the catch. He also possesses enormous athleticism to high point the football and the hands to make difficult grabs in the red zone. Texas and Oklahoma are two early offers. – National recruiting analyst Sam Spiegelman
Hasz plays both receiver and on the edge for Bixby (Okla.) High. He comes from a football family; his father, Darren, played for Tulsa. The younger Hasz can get downfield in a hurry and is a mismatch in the passing game. He can also make difficult grabs over the middle and has a knack for big plays.
Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are both in this, but he has family ties to Arkansas and he recently picked up offers from LSU, Penn State, Michigan and Ohio State. – Spiegelman
Barnwell is a massive tight end with very good hands and surprising athleticism. He is a mismatch against linebackers, and safeties have a really hard time handling his size. Barnwell keeps getting bigger and he could grow out of being a tight end, but right now he’s a total mismatch against anybody that tries to slow him down. – National recruiting analyst Adam Friedman
The top-ranked player in Arkansas for this class, Easter is 6-foot-5, 215 pounds and is as good a basketball player as he is a tight end. Easter lines up as a traditional tight end with his hand in the dirt and also outside at receiver and dominates the competition by making contested grabs in the middle of the field and using his big frame to his advantage. The Razorbacks were quick to offer the in-state standout, but Texas A&M is another SEC team to watch. – Spiegelman