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'12 CA TE Taylor McNamara (Verbal to Oklahoma)

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  1. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Westview H.S. (San Diego, CA)

    Ht: 6-foot-5
    Wt: 235 lbs
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    Rivals rating: 4*-5.9rr; #2 TE (#90 overall)
    Scout rating: 3*; #18 TE
    ESPN rating: 4*-79 grade; #9 TE
    247s rating: 4*-94 rating; #3 TE

    Reported Offers: Colorado, Arizona, California, Cincinnati, Florida State, Kentucky, Maryland, Miami (FL), Michigan, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Vanderbilt, Washington, CSU, San Diego State
     
  2. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    [video=youtube;chrpy15MwSA]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=chrpy15MwSA[/video]

    [video=youtube;3APC3TdN_mY]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3APC3TdN_mY[/video]

    [video=youtube;mfmyc71sx-0]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfmyc71sx-0[/video]
     
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    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Cali High Sports ranks Taylor as the #9 prospect in the state this cycle: http://www.calihighsports.com/articles/280

    Taylor has soft hands and does a very good job of looking the ball all the way into his chest. He catches all the balls he is supposed to and has shown the ability to catch balls outside his body. Once he does have the ball, Taylor is an excellent open field runner. He uses that 6'5 235 pound frame to be an aggressive, attacking runner who isn't afraid to bowl over somebody in his path. Taylor's size and skill set make him a guy who is almost impossible to stop in 5 yard flat or over the middle. He's too big for cornerbacks and too quick for linebackers. Taylor McNamara is a true matchup nightmare.

    McNamara is an incredible blocker who could easily be used as an offensive tackle if he weren't so skilled as a pass catcher. He is laterally quick enough to pick up linebackers blitzing from the outside and shows a propensity for contact that coaches love to see. He goes right at his man and his immense strength in his forearms combined with the great push he gets from his legs makes him a guy who records plenty of 'pancakes.'
     
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    Wow he sounds better than a lot of NFL tight ends. Hopefully embo can work the NFL tight end coach angle
     
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    He has had a very interesting recruitment. He was all set to commit to Ohio State during his junior season until the offers started rolling in. USC is going to be a major player here IMO.
     
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    The kid sounds well spoken, then he goes and ruins it by wearing his hat sideways and all stupid like. Ugh. In the grand-scheme, it means little but if these kids are going to do a very professional video shoot, take the hat off! ha ha.
     
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    Athletically, fluid movements, route running, cuts, etc, he reminds me a lot of Connor Barwin from Cincy a few years back. Comparing him to Baylis, I don't think he's quite as fast but they are very similar IMO in terms of skills they can bring to the table. Both are very unpolished as blockers and it will take some time to recruit that into their game. I think form wise, he has a lot of work to do. He does have great hands, very soft and smooth catching the football. Personally, I was more impressed with some of his defensive video than I was with him on offense. Moving to a 3-4, these are the types of athletes you need to make that system go. I think he could bulk up and play DE/OLB for us. He seems like he's great with his hands. He's a four way defender. He's athletic enough to move forward, laterally, or dropping back into coverage. He might be special at OLB.
     
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    To be fair, it is pretty difficult to find high school tight ends that are polished as all-around TEs.
     
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    I agree. It's an easy tag to label on kids, yet something that must be considered using the offensive system we will be. More or less, it isn't an ability to block which matters... I think most D-1A kids can... but do they have a passion for it? It's like watching Ramacher... he leaves no doubt that whether it's knocking the piss out of the guy across the LOS, catching or running the ball, he will dominate. It's hard to find those guys. I've seen a lot of pass receiving TE's who never play because they become liabilities to the team in the rushing department.

    Time will tell. I think this kid is very solid, especially catching the ball. Same with Baylis who is a better seam runner IMO. I do think this kid should be considered at OLB in a 3-4, if we got that way. He's a very good athlete.
     
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    Will be interesting to see him develop. Coaching can make a world of difference, it is not always just passion. Keep in mind that Ramacher played on a team that made the state championship game in Texas while McNamara's team went 2-8.
     
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    Will take him and Evan Baylis.
     
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    McNamara is getting offers from everywhere, but Stanford and USC seem to be the leaders right now. Also, it turns out he actually tried to commit to Ohio State last Fall, but they told him to wait. Weird recruitment to say the least, as he seems to be having trouble trying to narrow things down. Would not be surprised to see him take all five official visits.
     
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    AZ's got a good update on McNamara. We're in the mix. This one's going to be a dogfight, though. Kid's so good that programs like Miami and Alabama are going strong into San Diego to try to land him. To give people an idea of how good he is, he's getting this type of attention despite missing half his junior year with an injury and playing on a team that went 2-8.
     
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    I hope Taylor will come out for an official visit. Given who our head coach is and the TE's he's coached if I was a TE I woud want to go play at CU. USC and Bama are good programs but Saban and Kiffin didn't play TE like Embo and coached the best like he has. If you are a TE at CU you know you are going to get to have a big impact on the offense. Be a Buff Taylor, you won't regret it and you will be surrounded with coaches that can get you to then next level and will have a chance to play right away.
     
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    I probably don't pay enough attention but how much do USC and Bama feature the TE in their offense? Thinking about my impression of either team, I don't immediately jump to the TE as a weapon. They are based on RB's and WR's mostly when I think of highlights (or course, who isn't).
     
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    iirc, neither does much in the spread O, tending to rely more on typical sets that include a TE. That said, I don't recall hearing much about either team's TE's.


    IMO, the style of O that JE & EB wanna run will rely more on a TE. If the offense is designed as such, think of the way Shanny used Sharpe -- a few waggles each game mixed with seam routes (to split the safeties) and drag/delay routes under the linebackers. TE's are both a threat and a decoy.
     
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    USC is pretty good at utilizing the TE position. Fred Davis was 2nd rounder a couple years after a monster senior season. They should have another TE drafted this season in Jordan Cameron. He is a former basketball player that only played TE his senior year at USC. Their top returning TE is Rhett Ellison and he is another potential draft pick next year. So USC can sell that track record. However, their depth chart is stacked with young talent. Three of their top four TEs are really talented underclassmen (#1, #4, and #6 TEs in the 2010 class). They are all pushing for playing time this season too. I know elite players are not afraid of competition, but we need to be selling early playing time here.

    As far as Alabama, I am not as familiar with their use of the TE. I do know their top TE just graduated and behind him are a couple seniors, while underclassmen have struggled to get any playing time. So Bama could sell the early playing time factor here a bit as well. Not as much as we can after the departures of Griffon and Mobley, but they can still sell it some.
     
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    USC uses their TE quite a bit. Bama throws to their backs more than the TE, at least when Ive watched them. Good to see CU mentioned with this guy for sure.
     
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    go get em shane!!!
     
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    I like his game, has a great future. Landing him would be a big addition to our program. And i still believe Evan Baylis is going to be a Buff.
     
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    Gotta like where we sit now with Dillon committing.
     
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    Taylor McNamara Recruiting Journal

    Tight end recruit: I was 'too physical' for soccer

    Taylor McNamara is a highly recruits tight end out of Westview High School in San Diego. Two recruiting services rank him as a four-star prospect, and he has more than two dozen scholarship offers and counting — he told Sporting News he is wide open when it comes to schools. An aspiring journalist, McNamara will write a monthly diary about the recruiting experience through the eyes of a big-time college football recruit:

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    buff4bcs1985 Hail to the King

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    wont your girlfriends you play soccer with be upset if it break that finger off? :smile2:
     
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    sounds like someone wasn't very good at soccer :lol:
     
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    How would you be able to tell?
     
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    No idea. Must be some way to do that though.
     

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