Sooner Snapshot: TE Taylor McNamara

Taylor McNamara

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 grade: 79. Four-star prospect.

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

State of the position: The Sooners need help at tight end immediately. Departed seniors James Hanna and Trent Ratterree have left of void with nobody around to fill it.

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.