TE Brant Kuithe, Utah
HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL): Katy, TX (Cinco Ranch)
247 RATING: .8451
POSITION RANK: 13
Receiving: 54 catches, 829 yards (15.4 ypc), 7 touchdowns
Receiving: 34 catches, 602 yards (17.7 ypc), 6 touchdowns
Brant Kuithe Breakdown
Kyle Whittingham ushered in a new level of success in his tenure with the Utes, and it’s his willingness to culture talent and think outside of the box that’s helped him get here. Guys like Brant Kuithe thrived last year, even if they don’t necessarily fit the mold of someone at their position. At 6’2”, 235 pounds, he’s small by tight end standards, but his production speaks otherwise.
You don’t often see tight ends carry the football, and they don’t typically thrive in that role even if they get a chance. Kuithe ran the ball just six times last year, but he averaged 17.0 yards per carry and scored three times. That’s rare production from a tight end, and we could see him carry the ball even more this year with a number of playmakers departing.
What Kuithe lacks in prototypical size he makes up for in athleticism. Basically a wide receiver for the Utes, he’s just as dangerous as the guys who never put their hands on the ground. He drops his hips well when making cuts on his routes, which helps him get open. From there, he’s shown that he’s athletic enough to make guys miss, including the occasional hurdle. Loosening up his hips will help him create more space for himself once he catches the ball. His reliable hands help him make the catch and turn quickly upfield, but he mostly does his damage north and south.
When Utah asks him to stay in and help block, he’s proven more than capable. He still needs some work as a run blocker, but he’s stingy protecting the passer. A strong anchor prevents him from getting run over, and it keeps him in line with the defender he’s blocking.
Utah’s lucky to have a tight end like Kuithe. He didn’t have the attention that a four or five star recruit would, but he’s turned his career into one worth watching. With so many playmakers gone for the Utes, his draft stock should continue to rise.