There is a position heading towards National Signing Day which is essentially closed, and has stalled. If a team hasn’t signed a high-profile 2022 tight end during the early signing period, those who need it will have to work overtime looking in the country for under-the-radar talent who are looking for a collegiate opportunity.
Of the 40 tight ends classified on the Rivals draw, only two remain unengaged and one has yet to sign.
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Seeing Bogan open his recruiting process on December 10th was a surprise. Few players in the 2022 class had been on a schedule as long as Bogan had been with the Washington Huskies. Making his verbal commitment on September 7, 2020, Bogan made it clear that his heart and soul were with Washington over the course of more than a year of his engagement and reiterated the point during his disengagement announcement on social media.
Shortly after moving away from the Huskies, Washington State volunteered. There are many Pac-12 and Mountain West programs that need a talent like Bogan. The Lincoln High School protagonist will be busy answering phone calls and evaluating official visit options until February 2.
Since the receiving targets are in this tight end group, Quinton Conley’s hands are the upper echelons. A standout even on hardwood, Conley uses his body as a post player who takes out small defensive defenders and aims the ball as if looking for a rebound. Everything goes into his hands cleanly and his focus on receiving is top-notch. With Pembroke Hill, the Raiders have it on the outside using its large frame. His speed is still not on the level of a Power Five receiver, which might make some teams hesitate to recruit him if they want a college-ready tight end on day one.
Offers have arrived from regional programs such as Iowa State, Kansas, and Nebraska. An official was taken to Kentucky on 11 June. Conley is a DI talent who will improve the college roster next season.
The battle for Danny Lewis’ letter of intent has begun. A September 6 pledge in Cincinnati was disputed ahead of the early subscription period with an offer from Florida that fell on December 10 and Nebraska on December 18. On his journey to become a rookie with more than 20 offers, the Ragin Cajuns offered Lewis on January 2nd. That connection with the coach Billy Napierthe staff back then in Louisiana is now paying off in Florida. Lewis is set to officially visit the Gators on January 14th.
Lewis was part of a Westgate team (13-2) that finished a Louisiana 4A state championship.
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What happens with Trent McGaughey will be another interesting development throughout the month of January. On the way to being among the most sought after tight ends in the 2022 class at a score of 40 bids, a knee injury during his junior campaign slowed his recruiting process. The stats posted with Conroe High School and the game movie don’t line up, which could also limit his recruiting this winter.
The Tigers used McGaughey on the line with one hand on the ground and in the slot, his versatility may help a collegiate team, but it all depends on the health of his knee. How he is orienting himself and which schools are still actively recruiting him has been down below.
Playing for Jones High School in Orlando with so many great kids, it’s sometimes hard for a talented tight end to get goals. This was the case with Anthony Rucker. Rucker is that tight end all-rounder who gets bad in the trenches during racing plays and can help shift chains in passing situations.
In double digits with offers from teams like Ole Miss, Virginia and Kentucky, Rucker’s most recent recruiting focus has been from US Conference teams.