Scouting Report: Khalil Ladler – 2016 Cornerback

They say iron sharpens iron and I don’t disagree with them. That’s why I have no problem with players heading to IMG Academy to play football from all parts of the country.

Khalil Ladler transferred there from his home in Georgia and is going to get to compete with and against so many other players who will be moving on to the next level, just like him. Where he is at right now is a player is not where he is going to be after being there as a senior and coaches from schools like LSU, Florida State, Georgia, and Tennessee are excited about the kind of cornerback they will be getting if they land Ladler.

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Scouting Report: Julian Love – 2016 Cornerback

Notre Dame recruits nationally, but when they are recruiting really well, they always land talent from the Midwest. A lot of that Midwest talent from the state of Illinois and the Chicagoland area train at Core 6, which has produced a ton of FBS recruits in recent years.

Cornerback Julian Love is the latest of those recruits to commit to Notre Dame. He doesn’t have elite status in the rankings quite yet, but has awesome athletic potential that makes him a great pickup for the Irish.

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Scouting Report: Damar Hamlin – 2016 Cornerback

Everyone loves to watch film of the recruits that are physical freaks, but not everyone of those kids has figured out how to play the game just yet.

That’s why I like watching players like cornerback Damar Hamlin so much. He definitely has great athletic talent, but his game is advanced for his age. He’s just a good football player that looks like he could step onto a college campus right now and not look out of place on the field.

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Scouting Report: C.J. Pollard – 2016 Safety

Position switches can happen often in the secondary, but typically corners end up moving to safety. Watching J Serra’s C.J. Pollard and I think the opposite switch might end up happening to him at the next level.

Scout.com is the only major recruiting service that rates him as a cornerback and I am leaning towards to what they are thinking based what I saw from him on film. The highly rated safety may ultimately end up as a highly rated cornerback.

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Scouting Report: Kristian Fulton – 2016 Cornerback

When scouting offensive lineman, something I always like to look at is whether or not a recruit consistently finishes the play. It really shouldn’t be just an offensive lineman thing though. Every player at every position needs to finish. It’s just means different things for different positions.

For a cornerback like Kristian Fulton, it means not just getting to where he needs to be in coverage, but putting a stamp on that play with a pass breakup or interception. That’s something that Fulton does extremely well and it’s why he is one of the top cornerback prospects in the nation.

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Scouting Report: Trevon Sidney – 2016 Athlete

With the hype surrounding national recruits, it’s easy to forget that all of these players are in the infancy of their football careers. There is so much room for all of them to not only physically and mentally mature, but also improve with technique and their knowledge of the game.

This makes it even harder to project what the future of a prospect is going to be, especially one like Trevon Sidney. The Bishop Amat (California) product shows talent on both sides of the football. We’ll get to see soon how that talent will develop and at what position.

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Scouting Report: Shyheim Carter – 2016 Cornerback

There are some football players where the game almost looks too easy for them. Like they are in “All-Madden” mode and their opposition is stuck on “Rookie”.

That’s what it looks like when you watch Alabama commit Shyheim Carter. Wherever he is lined up on the field, he seems like he can pretty much do anything he wants out there.

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Scouting Report: Colin Samuel – 2015 Cornerback

Every defensive coordinator dreams of having corners that are big, fast, and can line up and play man coverage. Usually those players are targeted early in the recruiting process and snapped up just as quickly.

After Colin Samuel emerged as someone who fits that description based on his senior film, it didn’t take long for him to blow up with offers in late November. The Long Beach Poly product ultimately decided to end his recruitment with a commitment to UCLA.

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