After a two-year hiatus, AL.com is reviving its Super Southeast list of the region’s top college football prospects. The list will feature the top 50 prospects in the Southeast, which includes all states in the SEC footprint except Texas and Missouri.
We are inviting input from you as we determine which players will be on the list. In the coming weeks, we’ll be posting lists of the top Southeastern prospects at each position, with video highlight clips if available, and asking you which you believe is the best of the group and, if you prefer, to include a ranking of all of them, in order,in the comments below. We’ll take your input into consideration as we finalize the list later this summer.
This week’s installment is the tight ends. Here are eight tight ends who are considered among the best in the Southeast. Though we typically, when there’s a difference of opinion on which position a prospect will play in college, lean toward the majority opinion of the four major recruiting services, you’ll note that one prospect here is considered a defensive end by three services, but the No. 1 tight end in the nation by the other. He was not listed in our defensive end poll, so we include him here.
Also, please note some of the video highlight clips feature the prospects playing defense as well, and you may have to forward to the second half of the video in order to watch them playing tight end.
Vote for the one you think is the best in the accompanying poll, or rank them all in the comments below.
Hialeah (Fla.) Champagnat Catholic
Rated No. 5 TE, No. 154 overall (four-star) by Rivals.com
Rated No. 5 TE, No. 146 overall (four-star) by 247Sports
Rated No. 1 TE, No. 70 overall (four-star) by ESPN
Rated No. 9 TE, No. 210 overall (four-star) by Scout.com
Considering Miami, LSU, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee
Junction City (Ark.)
Rated No. 8 WDE, No. 208 overall (four-star) by Rivals.com
Rated No. 1 TE, No. 118 overall (four-star) by 247Sports
Rated No. 23 DE, No. 259 overall (four-star) by ESPN
Rated No. 16 DE, No. 116 overall (four-star) by Scout.com
Committed to Arkansas
Orlando (Fla.) First Academy
Rated No. 3 TE, No. 144 overall (four-star) by Rivals.com
Rated No. 18 TE, N/A overall (three-star) by 247Sports
Rated No. 2 TE, No. 118 overall (four-star) by ESPN
Rated No. 11 TE, No. 258 overall (four-star) by Scout.com
Committed to Clemson
Pine Bluff (Ark.) Dumas
Rated No. 9 TE, N/A overall (four-star) by Rivals.com
Rated No. 4 TE, No. 144 overall (four-star) by 247Sports
Rated No. 7 TE, No. 209 overall (four-star) by ESPN
Rated No. 5 TE, No. 143 overall (four-star) by Scout.com
Considering Arkansas, Alabama, Ole Miss, Texas and LSU
Rated No. 10 TE, N/A overall (four-star) by Rivals.com
Rated No. 42 WR, N/A overall (four-star) by 247Sports
Rated No. 5 TE, N/A overall (four-star) by ESPN
Rated No. 39 WR, N/A overall (four-star) by Scout.com
Committed to Georgia
Columbia (Tenn.) Central
Rated No. 11 TE, N/A overall (four-star) by Rivals.com
Rated No. 7 TE, No. 210 overall (four-star) by 247Sports
Rated No. 6 TE, No. 207 overall (four-star) by ESPN
Rated No. 8 TE, No. 190 overall (four-star) by Scout.com
Committed to Georgia
Douglas (Ga.) Coffee
Rated No. 12 TE, N/A overall (four-star) by Rivals.com
Rated No. 17 TE, N/A overall (three-star) by 247Sports
Rated No. 9 TE, N/A overall (four-star) by ESPN
Rated No. 23 TE, N/A overall (three-star) by Scout.com
Committed to Florida State
Montgomery (Ala.) St. James
Not rated as TE or overall (three-star) by Rivals.com
Rated No. 16 TE, N/A overall (three-star) by 247Sports
Rated No. 14 TE, N/A overall (three-star) by ESPN
Rated No. 20 TE, N/A overall (three-star) by Scout.com
Considering Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Miami and Vanderbilt
The St. James School tight end tweeted Wednesday night that he’ll be announcing his college decision next Tuesday at 6 p.m. at his high school. Harris announced a top five this past Sunday of Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Miami and Vanderbilt.
I will be committing next Tuesday at St. James at 6. Everyone feel free to come, but space may be limited. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/Tv5AgAPjZM
The 6-foot-4, 238-pound prospect has seen his recruiting profile blow up in recent months. In the month of June alone he has added offers from Alabama and Auburn. Harris grew up an Alabama fan and said he was “like a little kid in a candy store” when Alabama coach Nick Saban offered him a scholarship.
The two in-state schools are the two expected favorites to get good news when Harris announces his decision next Tuesday, but another Southeaster Conference school could be the wildcard to land the three-star prospect.
Vanderbilt is one of his five finalists, in part because former teammate C.J. Duncan signed with the Commodores in February.
“When C.J. was at St. James he was one of my best friends,” Harris told AL.com in a previous interview. “We always talk and have kept in touch. I’d love to play with him again. He’s a good leader and always makes sure everyone is on the right page.”
Harris has reiterated one of the biggest factors in his decision will be an opportunity to play early. He has made multiple trips to both Alabama and Auburn in the past.
Since May 1, Jalen Harris has seen a significant rise in his recruiting stock.
With impressive camp performances, the 6-foot-4, 238-pound tight end prospect from Montgomery has reeled in offers from Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Miami and Vanderbilt. The schools now make up his top five, which he released Sunday.
After a long talk w/ my loved ones, this is my official top 5 college choices I would like to further my education at pic.twitter.com/suLiNVbtJq
“It’s a blessing,” Harris told AL.com. “God has blessed me with talent and size, and I’m doing everything to glorify him. I’ve just been working real hard with some of my teammates. We’ll be outside for hours doing foot drills trying to get better. That’s helped me out at the camps, that’s how I got the in-state offers, they were impressed with how I’ve improved.
“I always thought I should be getting more (offers) and it’s finally paying off.”
Harris picked up his Alabama offer June 4 and his Auburn offer came during Saturday’s camp. He has been to the Plains multiple times and said he’s familiar with the offense.
Jalen Harris of St. James School during the Nike Football Training Camp in Hoover, Ala. (Tamika Moore/[email protected])
“It’s the same one we run at St. James,” Harris said. “I did some blocking drills, and Tyler Queen, their quarterback commit, came down and threw to me. He put it on the money every time and I caught each one.”
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn pulled him aside later and extended the offer.
“(Malzahn) liked how patient I’ve been,” Harris said. “They do things a little differently at Auburn, but he was just saying how much I’ve improved. He said my head coach checked off on me and said I’ve been working hard enough to get the offer.”
Former Auburn tight end star Philip Lutzenkirchen has served as Harris’ position coach at St. James since the spring.
“He’s a good guy and he’s not too hard on me,” Harris said when asked about Lutzenkirchen. “We do drills at the school that have helped me a lot and we text every now and then. He was texting me while I was at the Auburn camp to run 10 extra yards and have a positive attitude. He’s not trying to pressure me to go to Auburn, he’s just happy for me.”
Pretty cool feeling when the TE you coach starts getting big offers LSU BAma and AU. @jalenharris9 killin em!
Vanderbilt figures to be a major factor with Harris since his former teammate, C.J. Duncan, signed with the Commodores in February.
“When C.J. was at St. James he was one of my best friends,” Harris said. “We always talk and have kept in touch. I’d love to play with him again. He’s a good leader and always makes sure everyone is on the right page.”
Harris doesn’t have any upcoming visits planned, but hopes to visit all five schools again before making his commitment. He is planning to pledge before his first game of the 2014 season.
“I’m still talking about it with my parents right now, but I just want to have a chance to play early. All five schools are great institutions — whoever i go, I can always get a good degree. The academic part is always first, but as far as football goes, I want a good relationship with my position coach and the rest of the staff.”
Harris is ranked as a three-star prospect and the nation’s No. 16 tight end in the 247Sports Composite. Watch his highlights at Hudl.
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Montgomery tight end Jalen Harris was on commitment watch when he recently made a trip to Tuscaloosa to visit the University of Alabama, but the visit wasn’t to commit.
“I had gotten a couple of texts and people were wondering if I was going to commit,” said Harris, a St. James standout listed at 6-foot-5 and 244 pounds. “It wasn’t because of that. I just wanted to get my dad to come up and see everything.”
Harris earned his Alabama offer last week, and then got more offers from LSU and Vanderbilt. He spent the night in Tuscaloosa this week, and had his parents along for the ride.
“I just wanted to get my parents down, especially my dad,” Harris said. “He got a chance to see all the new stuff Alabama has to offer. He hadn’t really had a chance to talk to Coach (Nick) Saban. My mom had been down there twice, three times and she’s had a chance to see everything. I just wanted my dad to get a feel for everything.”
On Saturday, Harris will camp at Auburn. The Tigers have yet to offer Harris, but perhaps that could change this weekend.
“I’m just going to go up there and give it all I’ve got like I’ve been doing at all my camps and see what happens,” Harris said.
A commitment may be a couple of months away, but Harris plans to narrow the recruiting process down to a few select schools next week. After his Auburn visit, he said he would talk with his parents and figure out his top schools. Alabama figures to be in the mix and is looking for a second class of 2015 tight end along with Hale Hentges.
“They were saying they’d love to have me, stuff like that,” Harris said.
Harris also has offers from the likes of Kentucky, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Louisville, Miami, California, Cincinnati, Illinois and many more schools.
“I’m not in too big of a hurry,” Harris said. “If anything happens and I have to hurry up my process or if I have to slow it down, then I will. As of right now, I’m going to commit sometime between when school starts and my first game, probably mid, early-August, something like that.”
Birmingham region top prospects show out at Nike Football Train
High school football prospect Jalen Harris of St. James School during the Birmingham region Nike Football Training Camp at Spain Park High School in Hoover, Ala., Sunday, March 30, 2014. (Tamika Moore/[email protected])
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Even after losing out on 4-star tight end Jackson Harris to Georgia, Alabama still has plenty of options if it wants to add a second tight end to the 2015 recruiting class.
Alabama picked up its first tight end commitment in late May with Hale Hentges, but coaches have been recruiting more. Here are some prospects to keep an eye on in case Alabama gets another tight end prospect to commit this summer.
Idc what “star” I am, that doesn’t define me the slightest bit. I go and get mine. I do all my talking on the field
Dumas, Ark., tight end Will Gragg is still in the mix, though it may be a tough pull to get the 4-star out of his home state. Gragg’s brother Chris is a former standout tight end at Arkansas. Ole Miss and LSU are also in the mix for the 6-foot-4, 245-pound Gragg. He’s supposed to officially visit LSU when the Tigers host Alabama on Nov. 8.
Devonaire Clarington, a 6-foot-6, 222-pound 4-star recruit from Hialeah, Fla., has an Alabama offer. Not much has been said on Clarington’s front regarding Alabama, but he does hold an offer. He’s visiting Tennessee and Georgia this weekend. Miami and LSU are also heavily involved in his recruitment.
Lafayette, La., 3-star prospect Bry’Keithon Mouton has an Alabama offer and three of five 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions predict the 6-foot-1, 230-pound Mouton to Alabama. LSU also has offered and Mouton attended Alabama’s camp last week.
Other prospects listed as having Alabama offers on 247Sports include 4-star Buffalo, N.Y. standout Tyrone Wheatley, Jr. and 4-star Chris Clark of Avon, Conn.
PREDICTION: If Alabama gets a tight end out of this group, it’ll be Jalen Harris, who wants to make a decision by the start of his senior season. Auburn wants to get a good look at Harris as well and Vanderbilt, with former St. James teammate C.J. Duncan already up there, is a factor.
“Last year was a mountain climb. We were fortunate to be able to plant the flag at the top of the mountain and win the national championship, ... This year, we have won zero games. We are at base camp at the bottom of the mountain looking up at the climb. And it will be very difficult.”