Houston loses Tyler McCloskey and his 21 catches, but return a few interesting prospects at the position.
Romello Brooker saw a fair amount of playing time behind McCloskey. Brooker had two catches and a touchdown in 2016. He came to Houston as a 175 pound receiver, but has bulked up to 240. He's still a plus athlete and can stretch the defense.
Iowa State transfer Alex Leslie played sparingly for Houston in 2016. He's 6-6 and 250 pounds and better run blocker. Redshirt freshman Mason Tobola out of West and true freshman Parker Eichenberger could factor in as well for the Cougars. Eichenberger out of Katy was the 8th tight end prospect in the state last season and chose the Cougars over Illinois and Tulsa.