Scouting Report – Khalid Kareem – 2016 Defensive End

I’ve had the chance to break down a number of highly ranked defensive ends/edge players in the 2016 recruiting class so far and the word that I would associate just about all of them with is potential. They all have the tools to develop into good players, but most of them are far more about potential than they are about production at this stage of their football careers.

That is definitely not the case with Harrison High’s Khalid Kareem. Yes, he has potential to develop into more than he is now, but he already is an outstanding football player that is being pursued by some of the top programs in the country.

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Scouting Report: Ron Johnson – 2016 Edge Player

There are times when I watch film of some highly ranked recruits and then are left wondering what all the hype is about. By the end of breaking that player down, I’m left underwhelmed.

After watching some early games from Camden, New Jersey’s Ron Johnson from his junior season, I didn’t know what to make of him. I saw potential, but also saw someone who was extremely raw and a little unsure of himself on the football field. I saw the light come on for Johnson as the season progressed and it became clear why he’s an edge player that programs like Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State and Notre Dame are excited about.

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Scouting Report: Auston Robertson – 2016 Defensive End

As someone who follows and writes about Notre Dame recruiting, I have heard Auston Robertson‘s name for quite awhile. I was really excited about breaking down his film.

After watching it, I certainly saw some exciting potential and the Fort Wayne, Indiana native has great raw tools to work with. I also saw that he has a long way to go before realizing that potential at the next level.

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Scouting Report: Prince Tega Wanogho Jr. – 2015 Defensive End

There are plenty of things that can be taught by football coaches and 6’8″ with the wingspan of a pterodactyl is not one of them. That’s what defensive end Prince Tega Wanogho Jr. brings the table and why a player who has recently re-classified to the 2015 recruiting class is one of the hottest prospects in the nation.

A player who has not played a ton of football is now a national recruit with offers from powers in the SEC all the way to the Pacific Northwest with Oregon and traditional powers in the middle of the country like Notre Dame and Ohio State. He’s just getting started in this game and has a ton of talent for those coaches to work with.

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Scouting Report: Nick Bosa – 2016 Defensive End

Every college football program in America wishes they had a Joey Bosa playing for them. The sophomore defensive end from Ohio State is already establishing himself as one of the most freakishly talented players in the nation.

The scary part is he has a brother who is also freakishly talented and a flat out beast that may turn out to be even better than him. Nick Bosa is one of the top recruits in the entire 2016 recruiting class and shows the potential to be a dominant player versus the run and pass.

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Scouting Report: Shavar Manuel – 2016 Defensive End

Size, speed, and strength will always be valuable in football. But there are plenty of individuals who have all three of those things while lacking in other areas. It’s the other areas that can often make the greatest difference in someone being a good athlete versus a good football player.

Shavar Manuel has the size, speed, and strength that are exceptional for his age in a football player, but it’s his ability to bend and finish plays that makes him an elite recruit.

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Scouting Report: Kyle Phillips – 2015 Defensive End

There is never a good time to get injured, but if there is a time that is the worst for a recruit, it’s during a player’s junior season. That’s the time when most players are getting evaluated by college coaches and recruiting staffs. That’s the time when most players are going to earn their offers.

The fact that defensive end Kyle Phillips was limited to four games his junior season and was still able to earn offers from just about everybody in the SEC is a pretty impressive indication of what kind of player he can become.

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Scouting Report: Trevon Hill – 2015 Edge Player

Having one elite skill can take a player a long way in football and not all skills in football are of equal value. Being an elite pass rusher might be more of a value to a football team than just about anything else that doesn’t involve playing quarterback.

Trevon Hill is not an elite pass rusher quite yet, but he has all of the tools to develop into one at Virginia Tech. He has exciting potential and it’s a great get for the Hokies.

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