With the 2020 Arkansas high school football season officially starting, SB Live is previewing the state’s top players at every position.
This season, Arkansas has a rare crop of D-1 caliber junior and senior tight ends. Here we count down the top six, along with honorable mentions at the end.
6. Connor Clark – Jonesboro – SR.
Clark’s presence as both a blocker and receiving threat was a key part of Jonesboro’s offensive success last season. The Hurricane made the 6A quarterfinals, and Clark had his most productive game of the year with 102 receiving yards to help them beat El Dorado in round one.
He finished the year with 266 receiving yards on 24 receptions, and will be a centerpiece for a Hurricane offense that should take another leap next season.
5. Jayden Williams – Conway – SR.
While he did have six catches for 94 yards last season, Williams’ niche was as one of the best blocking tight ends in Arkansas. Because of his combination of strong athleticism for 6-5, 245, and potential to be a more featured receiving threat, Williams is considered by some a top-three TE prospect in the state.
4. Mason Brotherton – Mena – SR.
The 3-star Kansas commit finished 2019 with 272 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns on 21 receptions. He enters his senior year with 766 career receiving yards in addition to major blocking duties for the Bearcats.
3. Dax Courtney – DeWitt – JR.
One of the top receiving-oriented junior tight ends in the country, Courtney broke out for 623 yards and seven touchdowns on 36 receptions last year as a sophomore. The high 3-star recruit recently committed to Arkansas, and was up to at least 16 offers before starting his second half of high school.
At 6-6, 210, Courtney has a lot of time left to fill out his frame for blocking purposes, and can already line up at WR in addition to TE. He’s also good at picking up yardage after contact, so the sky is the limit.
2. Errington McRae – Har-Ber – SR.
The second-leading receiver on a 7A quarterfinalist, McRae finished his junior year with over 800 receiving yards and six touchdowns on 41 receptions. The 3-star recruit chose Memphis this summer over at least six other offers, and will again be in the hunt for most receiving yards for a TE in the state.
1. Erin Outley – Parkview Magnet – SR.
One of the most heavily-recruited prospects in Arkansas at any position, Outley racked up over 800 receiving yards last season and 13 touchdowns on 50 receptions. He currently is committed to Arkansas, but has 23 offers and is still going to take more visits before signing his NLI.
In addition to being one of the better receiving TEs in the country, Outley is a great blocker at 6-4 and close to 260 lbs. Parkview went 4-6 last year with a difficult schedule, but has the returning firepower to vault into the upper ranks of Arkansas teams and deep into the 5A playoffs.
Keith Wells – Monticello – SR.
Seth Howard – Beebe – SR.
Cameron Raggio – Magazine – SR.
Deuce Moore – East Poinsett County – SR.
Note: Bryant’s Hayden Schrader splits time between TE and WR, so we put him on our top 30 wide receivers list.