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
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.