Elijah Mojarro is a 6’4”, 225 pound wide receiver from Orange Lutheran High School in Orange, CA. He is rated as a consensus 3-star recruit.
Mojarro received 11 total offers, including schools such as Boise State, Arizona State, and Nebraska. He committed to Cal in April of 2018 just days after they extended an offer to him. He then fulfilled his commitment by signing on Early Signing Day.
He was not the most productive high school player ever, as in three years of varsity play, he caught 61 passes for 623 yards and six touchdowns. It is worth noting that he was limited as both a sophomore and a senior and had a very good junior season (37/407/3) when he played the whole year.
According to 247Sports, Mojarro runs 5.01 50-yard dash and a 4.68 20-yard shuttle and post a 32.4” vertical leap. For a tight end, these are actually pretty good numbers. While he didn’t produce at the highest level in high school, it is obvious that he has the size and athletic ability to be a versatile piece for Cal’s offense in the future.
Let’s find out if the tape agrees.
We will be looking at Mojarro’s junior year highlights since it is probably going to be the most informative season in terms of scouting him. It is also worth noting that he did play outside linebacker in high school but will almost certainly stick on offense for Cal.
When looking at the tape, we get a more complete look of Mojarro as a player. As a receiver, he didn’t impress me all that much. His hands look okay, but he doesn’t look like a great route runner. For a smaller tight end, he doesn’t have great agility, so that will likely never be a strength of his. Most of his catches were either on plays where he was left wide open or when he was used as a swing receiver. He does look decent when he has the ball in his hands, as he showed the ability to pick up YAC in the tape.
However, Mojarro did look very impressive as a blocker. He showed off solid strength and the willingness to finish blocks throughout the play. If you watch the tape, it is pretty easy to see that his blocking is likely his best skill.
So what will Mojarro be for Cal? I would expect him to be used as a rotational player who plays as a blocking tight end. However, I do think he will be able to be used creatively by being lined up all over the field, as he has experience lining up in many different offensive positions. I think that it is likely that Cal has him put on a few extra pounds to maximize his strength, and once he does that, he could find himself in a Malik McMorris-like role at some point in his career.