A productive, pass-catching tight end has been a white whale of sorts for the Texas A&M offense under coach Kevin Sumlin's watch.
Since he took over the team, he has long tried to find a consistent option at the position. Though the Aggies have recruited a few, they've never quite utilized tight ends in the passing game the way Sumlin has intimated he would like.
Could that change with the presence of one of their 2017 recruits, tight end prospect Camron Horry? Perhaps.
Horry is one of two tight ends in the Aggies' 2017 class (Keynel McZeal is the other) and was an under-the-radar prospect, despite his notable last name (he's the son of former seven-time NBA champion Robert Horry).
A three-star prospect who was ranked the 134th overall prospect in Texas, Horry brings intrigue because of his size (6-foot-5, 261 pounds).
"Camron is very athletic," Sumlin said. "It was important in our class to have two guys ... who are going to be here and give us options offensively as real tight ends, not guys we're moving there. It's the direction we want to go.
"We want to give ourselves some more options, we want to give ourselves some more blocking surfaces, some other pass-catchers and some different formations."
Often lining up as an inline tight end, Horry has plenty of experience lining up in a three-point stance and was a proficient blocker in addition to catching passes at Katy (Texas) Taylor High. That will bode well for offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone, who has utilized tight ends in his offense at previous stops.
McZeal, who was also a three-star prospect (95th overall in the state) out of Port Neches-Groves High in Southeast Texas, is smaller in frame (6-2, 220) but has more speed and was more of a receiver (34 receptions, 537 yards, seven touchdowns as a senior) at the high school level.
Sumlin and Mazzone's offenses -- both have long been proponents of a hurry-up, no-huddle attacks -- have never been confused as the type to use two tight ends, but they'll have the option to do so in the coming years should Horry and McZeal develop as they hope. If they do, they could bring a dimension Sumlin has long been hoping to add to the Aggies' offense.