In this installment of The Recruit Notebook, we meet the latest addition to the long and storied history of the TE position at Miami: TE Dominic Mammarelli.
Everybody knows Miami is Tight End U, and the Canes have added another very good prospect to that position in Naples (FL) 3-star Dominic Mammarelli.
The longest tenured commit in Miami’s 2020 recruiting class, Mammarelli committed to former TE coach Todd Hartley when he worked on Mark Richt’s Miami coaching staff back in March 2018. That commitment came on an unofficial visit, and Mammarelli has been a frequent visitor to campus and games since then.
At the time of his commitment, Mammarelli was a 4-star prospect. It’s easy to see why: at 6’4” 235lbs, Mammarelli has great size to go along with elite blocking skills and solid receiving skills, all things TEs have to do.
The issue with Mammarelli was the fact that he sustained a shoulder injury that required surgery. Because of that injury, he missed the spring, summer, and majority of his junior season. And, because he wasn’t on the field making plays for Naples, Mammarelli’s recruiting ranking suffered.
Mammarelli was able to get back on the field as a senior, and played well. Though he did a lot of blocking in Naples’ Wing-T offense, Mammarelli was able to showcase his athleticism and ability as a receiving threat down the seam from time to time as well.
The only team that made any sort of run at Mammarelli after he committed to Miami was Georgia. And that makes sense, because that’s where TE coach Todd Hartley ended up after Mark Richt’s offensive staff was relieved of duties when Manny Diaz took over as HC. And, while Mammarelli considered Georgia’s offer momentarily, he remained steadfast in his desire to be a Cane. And that should be music to your ears.
On the 247sports composite, Mammarelli is a 3-star prospect, the #12 TE nationally in this class, #64 in the State of Florida, and #411 recruit overall.
Mammarelli committed to Miami over offers from Georgia, Arkansas, and Cincinnati from his list of 10 scholarship offers.
As a player
As noted above, Naples HS runs a Wing-T offense, and the TEs are mainly tasked with blocking in that scheme. That’s a good thing for Mammarelli because he excels as a blocker.
At 6’4” 235lbs, Mammarelli has prototypical size for the TE position. He has average speed and quickness, but those aren’t things that he needs to have. Mammarelli didn’t get the chance to catch too many passes in HS, but he did well when given the chance. And, in his return to the field as a senior, those opportunities were a bit more frequent than previous.
Apart from being a very good blocker, Mammarelli has the ability to stretch the field up the seam in the passing game. He’s big and strong with good hands and fast enough to run away from all but the fastest linebackers. He’ll probably get caught from behind on longer plays, but chunk plays in the 20-40 yard range are well within what we should see from him in the future.
Mammarelli has the size and blocking ability to find his way onto the field for the Canes. But, with the best tight end in America — Brevin Jordan — along with Will Mallory and Michael Irvin II returning for another year in front of him, as well as Brian Polendey and Larry Hodges, there’s simply no need to rush him in and use up a year of his eligibility.
Chances for a Redshirt: 10/10
Like I said, absent a rash of injuries and attrition at this position, Mammarelli will RS in 2020.
That’s it for this installment of the Recruiting Notebook.