Sooner Snapshot: TE Taylor McNamara
As National Signing Day approaches on Feb. 1, Brandon Chatmon is breaking down every commitment and signee in the Sooners' 2012 recruiting class. View all of our profiles here.
Name: Taylor McNamara
Position: Tight End
Height, Weight: 6-foot-5, 230 pounds
Hometown/School: San Diego/Westview
Committed: Dec. 28, 2011
Scout rankings: No. 9 tight end, No. 42 in the West region, No. 32 in California
Accolades: Army All-American
Picked OU over: Colorado, Arizona, UCLA, USC, Ohio State, Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Miami (Fla.) and others
Pros: “He looks to have a good wingspan for his build and should be able to add more good bulk to his frame with time in a college weight program. He is a good target in the passing game. He displays good hands and the ability to quickly extend and snatch the ball out of the air and away from his body.” - ESPN analyst
Cons: “He displays solid speed, but does not come across as a kid who can stretch the field and looks best suited as a target in the short-to-intermediate passing game. He also needs to work to consistently keep his pads down and generate better power from his lower body.” - ESPN analyst
Similar to/potential role: James Hanna. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see McNamara develop into a Hanna-like tight end. A solid option on passing downs to help keep defenses honest.
Expected impact: 2012. McNamara should play immediately. He will be on campus for spring football and should have a jump start on learning the offense and be mentally ready to play. Ideally, he could use a redshirt season to get bigger and stronger but the Sooners need him right now and he’s talented enough to contribute right away.