Player Evaluation: LSU commit Mac Markway

LSU Recruiting Update

Brian Kelly is continuing to beat feet and work the recruiting trail hard for his LSU Tigers. The first-year LSU head coach added another piece to his class of 2023 this week when De Smet Jesuit (St. Louis, MO.) High School tight end Mac Markway committed to the school.

Mark Markway – who is a 4-star recruit – chose the Tigers over a list of offers that included Florida, Alabama, and Notre Dame.

Markway is a big time prospect. He was a monster of a two-way player in high school where he moonlighted at defensive end along with playing the tight end spot. He is already filled out at 6-foot-4 and with 250 pounds of good weight. The physical traits that you can’t teach, plus the ball skills that you can, have Markway ranked as the No. 100 player in the class, the No. 7 tight end, and the No. 3 player in Missouri per the 247Sports recruiting database.

Markway is an intriguing prospect because he only played four games as a sophomore before losing his entire junior season to a knee injury. To be ranked this highly overall in the class despite having a relatively limited body of work says a lot about his physical tools.

In the video below you can see highlights of those four sophomore games. What immediately stands out is Markway’s size and his desire in the run game. He thrives as a bulldozer where he can smash open running lanes at the point of attack. The first two plays both showcase how Markway is able to get his frame low and explode with power and leverage to take defenders off of their feet. Finding a tight end that is able to block like this is rare in the modern game with all the spread sets that push tight ends to the boundary and LSU has found a dying breed of a player that will bring much flexibility to their offense in the years to come.

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