With the final quarter of the 2014 recruiting cycle approaching, 247Sports takes a look at the best prospects available at each position. In this series, the industry-generated 247Composite is utilized, which compiles the ratings and rankings used by the major recruiting services and is used in the 247Sports Team Recruiting Rankings, making them the most unbiased and comprehensive in the recruiting industry.
Tyler Luatua is the nation's top-ranked tight end.
In this feature, we check out the five best available tight ends. This group includes the top three prospects in the country at their position, and each brings something different to the table. With most schools looking for hybrid types that look like jumbo receivers, only Luatua projects as an in-line tight end, although there are some that feel he could also project well to the defensive side of the ball.
1. Tyler Luatua, La Mirada (Calif.) La Mirada
The No. 1 tight end prospect in the 2014 class will be in Oxford, Miss., this weekend on an official visit to Ole Miss, his first of five. The Rebels are a longshot to land Luatua, as is Wisconsin, who will have him on campus Nov. 29. As it stands, Notre Dame is the frontrunner to land the 6-foot-4, 230-pound tight end, even though his brother Isaac plays offensive line for Alabama. The Fighting Irish have been making a push for the Top247 prospect for some time now, utilizing its success at putting tight ends in the NFL. No decision date has been set by Luatua, so there is still time for schools to make a move.
2. Dalton Schultz, South Jordan (Utah) Bingham
When Stanford offered Schultz, the No. 2 tight end in the country, the Cardinal instantly became the school to beat for the 6-5, 215-pound prospect. He has yet to take or schedule any official visits, but Notre Dame, Oregon State, Stanford, Utah and Washington all figure to get him on campus at some point. With most of the trips likely not coming until after his senior season, Schultz could possibly take his decision well into January, possibly signing day.
3. Bryce Dixon, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
Fresh off his first official visit to the University of Florida, Dixon proclaimed that the Gators had vaulted up to the top of his list, ahead of UCLA and USC. While the Gators no doubt set the bar very high for the No. 3 tight end in the country, much of his reaction could be attributed to post-visit euphoria. Oregon and Texas A&M will each have a chance to impress the 6-4, 220-pound Top247 prospect, but the consensus remains that it will be tough to pull Dixon out of California.
4. Moral Stephens, Perry (Fla.) Taylor Co.
While Stephens might look like a wide receiver right now, his body could continue to develop physically, making him a perfect fit for the hybrid tight end role that has become widespread in college offenses as of late. Kentucky has been considered the favorite for months, but with no decision made yet other schools such as Iowa State, ECU and possibly Vanderbilt and South Carolina are lurking in the mix.
5. Deandre Goolsby, Derby (Kan.) Derby
Goolsby has taken official visits to Oklahoma, Florida and Ohio State already, and will visit Arkansas this weekend. The Razorbacks were thought to be done at tight end after getting a commitment from Ravian Pierce, but it looks like they would take Goolsby if he were to pick Arkansas. Kansas State has family ties, since the father of the 6-4, 225-pound prospect played there, but as of now the Wildcats appear to be a bit behind Arkansas and Florida. Look for a decision soon as Goolsby intends on being an early enrollee.