The Huskies received a formal commitment from in-state recruit Caden Jumper today. At 6’3” and 250 lbs., Jumper has prototypical size for the tight end position, where 247 Sports ranks him as the #38 prospect in the country. Jumper has added versatility to play as a fullback or an H-back hybrid type of player who can move around the field and block where needed.
Jumper was a bit under the radar out of the smaller Eatonville High School, where he dominated lesser competition. In addition to TE, he played MLB and even some QB, where he showed the ability to run through smaller defenders. Jumper had scholarship offers from Army and UC-Davis. He was also recruited by Oregon and Oregon State, but committed to the Huskies before either team offered him a scholarship.
Jumper’s commitment might be most interesting for what it represents for the Husky offense. OC John Donovan has shown a propensity for bigger formations with a second tight end or a traditional fullback lining up in the I-formation. Former walk-on Jack Westover has filled that hybrid role most often. Jumper figures to fit into that role and he might offer even more blocking ability. With two years to bulk up, Westover, is still slightly smaller than Jumper is before entering a college strength program. If Jumper shows soft enough hands to get to his powerful running style, he could create some interesting mismatches.