Position Battles: Tight End

With the exception of 5-star recruit Martellus Bennett, A&M does not have a strong history of utilizing tight ends. When Sumlin was hired in 2012 there was not a solid option on the roster at tight end, so he went out and recruited one of the best JUCO prospects in Cameron Clear. To further help with the much needed depth, he redshirted Brandon Alexander in 2012 moving him from defensive end to tight end. These two scholarship tight ends along with A&M pledge and ESPN 100 recruit Jordan Davis, should set A&M up to have a solid option at the TE position for years to come.

After landing the top JUCO tight end in 2013, it seemed odd that our OC, Clarence McKinney, rarely utilized Cameron Clear in any offensive packages. During the 2013 regular season, he only had 2 catches for 12 yards. But if the bowl game is any indication, we will be utilizing tight ends much more during the 2014 season. In Spavital’s lone game to call plays (Chick-Fil-A Bowl), Cam Clear finished the day with two catches for 30 yards.

“When you have Cam Clear, who is 6-foot-6, 270 pounds that can run really fast, I think it’s pretty smart to get a guy like that on the field,” Spavital said. “We can utilize him in different ways. I think he’s a guy you can mix personnel up [with] or mix up looks where he can be in tight sets and he’s also good enough to spread out right now. Definitely, I think you can involve the running game a little bit with a big body like that. So the tight end is going to be pretty multiple with me. We’re going to do what we do, but I think we can also utilize some unique things with him.”

Cameron Clear enters his senior year after attending Tennessee and Arizona Western Community College his freshman and sophomore years respectively. After playing sparingly in 2013, Spavital looks to make him an integral part of our offense. He is a big and tall target that seems to have untapped potential and versatility. Spavital indicated above that he intends to work Clear into the running and passing game. But more importantly, he feels comfortable moving him around into different receiver spots. This has the potential to create major mismatches come conference play.

Brandon Alexander was a highly touted defensive end recruit in 2011 and played sparingly as a true freshman. In 2012 and the arrival of Sumlin, he redshirted and started working with the tight ends to help provide much needed depth at that position. Unfortunately, he has not provided any significant contribution since arriving in Aggieland. In an open Q&A Session with 247 Insider Taylor Hamm, someone asked,

“What is the deal with Brandon Alexander? Bad attitude? Bad work ethic? Apathy?”
Hamm responded with, “A little bit of everything.”

With so much potential coming out of high school, Brandon Alexander has been disappointing so far. Given that he has 2 more years of eligibility, hopefully this will change and he will provide A&M with a strong option at tight end in 2015 when Cameron Clears eligibility is expired. If he does not continue to develop in Sumlin’s system, expect the coaches to turn to current A&M pledge and future commit Jordan Davis for the future.

Prediction: Cameron Clear

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