Like a beacon in the night, we got this tweet Thursday evening:
Recruiting is heating up!— Gary Patterson (@TCUCoachP) September 25, 2020
Other than asn “Call all Frogs! It’s time” tweet, there are fewer finer things on the internet. Friday morning, we discovered the subject of that tweet, three star offensive tackle/tight end/defensive end Jasper Lott, a class of 2021 member who is expected to be an early-enrollee this fall.
Lott is an interesting prospect out of Argyle High School in Texas; at 6’5” and 243 pounds, the senior was an all-district tight end last year but projects out to the offensive line in the future, and a good one at that. He holds 17 offers, including Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, and Ole Miss. A California native, Lott is the son of San Diego Chargers’ Strength & Conditioning coach John Lott — who is known for running the bench press at The Combine.
Lott is a great athlete in his own right, clocking a 5.26 40 and 4.88 shuttle. He was named an All-American candidate by Sports Illustrated this summer, who noted his “burgeoning power as blocker”, while noting that he is plenty coordinated and has room to add good muscle mass.” Lott has flashed dominant blocking skills which make his transition to the offensive line seem natural, with good technique and a powerful drive. “Lott functions most as an in-line blocking tight end for Argyle, exactly the role he’d play at the next level unless switching positions. Ceiling is certainly highest at offensive tackle, where length, feet, and budding power make him an intriguing development prospect.”
National recruiting analyst Tom Lemming of CBS Sports Network rates Lott a 4-star prospect. “Big kid, very good athlete, strong hands and deceptive speed,” Lemming said. “One of the better tight ends in the country.” Lott chose TCU for several reasons, his relationship with Coach Patterson and the opportunity to play tight end among them. “Right now they like me as a tight end but Coach Patterson has basically been telling me since I met him; he offered me as an athlete; I took tight end and defensive end reps,” he said. “He said I’m athletic and they like my size and he’s just told me we’ll see when I get there what they think I’ll be good at. I’ve been recruited as a tight end so far and it’s a good set up for me because they have two tight ends graduating,” Lott told Jeremy Clark of Horned Frog Blitz.
Where he will play once in Fort Worth remains to be seen, as he took snaps at TE and along the defensive line during camps at TCU. He confirmed that he plans to graduate in December and join the program in January of 2021.
Check out his highlights below!