South Carolina will need some help at tight end next year after Nick Muse graduates. Jaheim Bell will most likely be the starter in 2022, but four star tight end Oscar Delp is a huge target for Shane Beamer’s first recruiting class. What does Delp bring that the Gamecocks don’t have?
While Bell is more of an athletic tight end, Delp is a bigger guy at 6’5″ and 220 pounds. Delp is currently a four star and the number three tight end in the 2022 class. He finished his Junior year of high school with 730 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in nine games.
Delp’s strength is his athleticism as a tight end. His route running and speed is insane for a guy of his size, and he even lined up wide sometimes in high school. He definitely fits the modern tight end play style where receiving and athleticism matters more than blocking.
The most impressive part of watching his tape was his ability to beat corners on stop and go routes. Guys of his size shouldn’t be that fast. He’s also an incredible target in the red-zone. He can make contested catches even if the pass is bad. After the catch he looks more like a receiver than a tight end. He’s incredibly elusive, and his ability to break tackles is good.
He’s a decent blocker, but he’ll definitely be used in the passing game way more than the run game. If I had to give him and NFL comparison, it would be either Kyle Pitts or Darren Waller.
Delp took his official visit to South Carolina yesterday, but he’s still considered a reach for Beamer according to 247sports.
He’s definitely still interested in South Carolina, but Beamer will have to make one hell of a pitch to get this guy on the team. If he can get Delp, Beamer’s offense will look much better in the future.