February 19, 2008
Houston TE's stock is on the rise
The biggest mystery as it relates to recruiting in the state of Texas these days centers around the lack of top-flight tight end prospects.
Not since 2005 when Alief Taylor star Martellus Bennett was regarded as the nation's top tight end prospect has the state produced a player that has been ranked among the nation's top ten at the position and during that time only two players have earned four-star rankings.
For a state like Texas that produces nearly 400 Division prospects each year, it's unfathomable to think that there aren't more top-flight tight end prospects out there to be had. Yet if one looks at the early Lone Star Recruiting Top 100 list for 2009, you won't find a single tight end prospect in the top 50.
One player that is starting to emerge as a potential factor at the position is Klein Oak's Jordan Najvar.
After finishing off his season on the hardwood, Najvar is now ready to attack the recruiting scene with a vengeance.
"I went to Houston on the 2nd and I also went on the same day to the Rivals Junior Day," Najvar said. "Notre Dame was last week, along with Virginia, but I couldn't make it up because of the weather. I'm going to Texas Tech with about five other teammates on March 1st. I just got an invite from Oklahoma to their next junior day in March. I'm also hoping to make it to Virginia on March 8th."
Before Najvar will attend any other junior day events, he'll take in one at The University of Texas on Saturday.
"Coach Giles has been by the high school and has told me through DeSean (Hales) that they like me and are going to look hard at me."
The fact that Najvar is a teammate and close friend to one of Texas' top prospects in the 2008 class could give the Longhorns a leg up on the competition, as the fleet-footed Hales is emerging as an ace recruiter for the Longhorns.
Oh yeah, he's a real good friend. We talk on a daily basis in class on the phone about all of this," Najvar said. "He always tell me that I will be his host on an official visit. He wanted to come down to the Junior Day with me this weekend."
While the combination of his size and athleticism makes him an intriguing prospect for many schools, Najvar is still waiting on his first scholarship offers. If the buzz coming in and out of his high school is correct, business is about to pick up for Najvar now that he can focus on recruiting with his basketball season having concluded last week.
"The Virginia coach told our head coach that I'm the best prospect they've seen in Texas this year," Najvar said. . Coaches from Virginia, Michigan and Texas have been by and I've been hearing from Alabama, Florida and Houston. I'm getting hand-written letters from about ten schools. I'm interested in all of them."
As far as early favorites are concerned, Najvar listed Texas, Oklahoma, Michigan and Virginia as schools that he has very high interest in.
"Yeah, of course, Texas, Michigan and Oklahoma are the big-time programs where you've always wanted to play as a little kid," Najvar said. "Those three really stands out. They have great coaches, great facilities - great everything. Virginia is a big one because of their degrees can open up so many doors. Those are the four schools that really stand out, but I consider myself to be wide open and I'm interested in anyone that is interested in me."
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