The Football Recruiting Process for Tight Ends and Their Average Size

Recruiting 101Correspondent INovember 28, 2008

One of the more interesting pieces of the position by position football recruiting PDF was that I broke down the size that college coaches are looking for at different positions (this e-book is still for sale at only $5.00, so click here for more information).  This got me thinking about all the different sizes of players in all classes at different positions.

I decided to take a look at the top five teams in Division I-A (aka BCS), Division I-AA (aka FCS), Division II, and Division III as they were ranked in polls last week.  I looked up each school, their starting tight end, and how big they are.

The sizes of these athletes really varied from Division to Division, and it is interesting to compare those starting at the highest level possible versus Division III starters.

Outside of the Division I-A level, all schools were hit or miss in trying to find out who the starters were.  Some programs had game day releases that broke down the depth chart, and that is where this information was pulled.

The athletes listed below were all listed as starters, so keep that in mind as well.  I also decided to add their year in school so you can get a feel for how big they are at what year they are in college.  It was also interesting to see some schools not even have a tight end.

On to the list.

Division I-A, aka BCS

Travis McCall | 6'2", 261, Sr.

Texas Tech
No Tight End listed

Blaine Irby | 6'3", 240, So.

Aaron Hernandez | 6'3", 255, So.

Jermaine Gresham | 6'6", 261, Jr.


Division I-AA, aka FCS

Appalachian State Mountaineers
Ben Jorden 6'2", 240, Fr.

Cal Poly
No tight end listed

Northern Iowa
Ryan Mahaffey 6'4", 255, So.


Division II

Northwest Missouri State
Josh Gannan, 6'2", 240, Sr.

Central Washington
No tight end listed


Division III

North Central (Ill.)
Jeff Grunwald 6-4 225 So.


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