Washington football landed their second commitment of the week, and now it’s time to get the in-state class rolling after landing this three-star tight end!
After a three month layoff, Washington football is getting their recruiting class rolling again, earning their second commitment of the week! This time it comes from three-star tight end Caden Jumper out of Eatonville (Wash.) High School. After not taking a tight end during the 2019 cycle, they took two in the class of 2020, and will probably take two again in the class of 2021.
Jumper has some interesting film for someone who’s going to play tight end at the next level, as Eatonville has him line up as a wildcat quarterback at times. He knows how to take advantage of being the biggest, most athletic player on the field at the position, and shows off an impressive display of moves as a ball carrier.
Most plays on his film playing “tight end” are actually him playing outside the numbers, but he’s proven that he’s a good route runner. Jumper displays soft hands and is going to be lethal after the catch at the college level. He’ll probably redshirt during his first year on campus, as he needs to learn how to play in-line, and will need to work on his run blocking.
With a few years of development, depending on who else the Huskies bring in with this recruiting class, Jumper could be utilized similarly to Hunter Bryant as a weapon. He’s a big, athletic target who can make plays after the catch. Bryant developed over his time at Washington as a run blocker, and especially with a year on the scout team to learn the offense and how to play in-line, he could make a similar impact.
Jumper is a great take for the Huskies, who jumped on him early, as his only other offers were to Army and UC Davis. If they were able to pair him with four-star Moliki Matavo out of Henderson (Nev.), that would be a great haul for new tight ends coach Derham Cato.
Getting him in the boat early is also great news for the 2021 class as a whole, as now Jumper and Sam Huard can be the lead peer recruiters for some of the other top in-state talents.
Congratulations to Caden on his commitment, and we can’t wait to see him play in purple and gold!