Scouting Report: Antjuan Simmons – 2017 Linebacker

Sometimes you watch a prospects tape and a few plays in, you feel like you’ve seen enough.

That can be a good or bad thing, but with Antjuan Simmons it’s a very good thing. It’s easy to see why so many programs have already offered him and why he is being pursued by college football coaches from around the country. He has wow physical traits that show out in his play on the field and it’s going to be exciting to watch his development during his senior year and beyond.

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Scouting Report: Michael Divinity – 2016 Linebacker

There is always going to be a premium on players that can rush the passer and that is the greatest strength for one of the top outside linebacker recruits in the nation, Michael Divinity.

His 40 time might not be blazing, but his film says SEC speed to me and he is a coveted prospect by several of the top programs in the top conference in college football.

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Scouting Report: Bryce Youngquist – 2016 Linebacker

I’m a big believer in college football programs finding players who fit their scheme in recruiting. Some players can play in just about any scheme and be successful, but others have to be asked to do only specific things in order to truly maximize their potential.

There is still time for this to chance, but the player I see right now in linebacker Bryce Youngquist can be great if he is asked to do certain things, but would struggle if asked to do other things he may not be as comfortable with. If utilized properly at the next level, Youngquist has the athleticism to be an impact player at linebacker.

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Scouting report: Darrian Franklin – 2016 Linebacker

Any time I see that a linebacker is also a wide receiver on offense, it’s a check mark in the positive section for me as an evaluator. I don’t care about how a future linebacker runs routes. I care that he is an athlete and playing wide receiver usually equates to a kid being a pretty good athlete.

I definitely like how Oregon commit Darrian Franklin plays wide receiver for his high school team, but I like even more how he pursues to the football as a linebacker. The Ducks are getting a good prospect for their front seven.

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Scouting Report: Elysee Mbem-Bosse – 2016 Linebacker

Thank goodness that Google remembers previous searches because remembering how to properly spell the name Elysee Mbem-Bosse is not an easy task. It’s about as easy as a fullback trying to run iso at Mbem-Bosse. (It’s difficult.)

Mbem-Bosse is a throwback, physical inside linebacker that plays downhill. He has the tools to be an outstanding run defender at the next level.

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Scouting Report: Aaron Hansford – 2016 Linebacker

There is projection with every recruit, but some a lot more than others. Linebacker Aaron Hansford is a prospect where projection is everything.

I don’t need to see him at a camp to know he is a great athlete and looks like he can be the prototype outside linebacker in a 4-3 defense. With limited film, though, I also can’t see a lot of things he can do well now with the pads on either. Even without the film, he athletically projects in the upper tier at his position for the next level and that’s why schools like Ohio State, Penn State, and Notre Dame have all offered him a scholarship.

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Scouting Report: Camilo Eifler – 2016 Linebacker

Versatility is the most valuable trait to have as a defender these days because the offenses that college football defensive coordinators have to prepare for every week can be so multiple. One week it’s the triple option. The week after it’s the Air Raid.

That’s why a player like Camilo Eifler is a prospect that has the attention of so many schools. He can drop and cover a tight end on one play and rush off the edge the very next. He can do so many things well and is one of the top outside linebacker prospects in the nation this cycle.

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Scouting Report: Andrew Pryts – 2016 Safety

Sometimes when a recruit is a legacy at a big school, there is an assumption that that player only got the offer because of the past and not the player they are now. That assumption is definitely wrong with Andrew Pryts.

He is good enough to not only have earned an offer from his father’s university, Penn State, but also programs like Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Michigan. He’s a heck of a football player that is good enough to play at just about any school in country.

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Scouting Report: Carter Coughlin – 2016 Linebacker

The state of Minnesota isn’t littered with blue chip recruits every year and the 4 and 5 star recruits they do have are often targeted by schools with a more glamorous tradition and a higher level of success than the in-state Golden Gophers.

That’s why it’s a very big deal that Jerry Kill and his staff were able to land a player like Eden Prairie linebacker Carter Coughlin. Even with national champion Ohio State after him, they were able to convince him to stay home to get his degree and play college football.

They are getting a very good football player who could play multiple roles for them at the next level. Coughlin has the chance to develop into one of the Big Ten’s best linebackers.

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Scouting Report: Jaquan Yulee – 2016 Linebacker

Jaquan Yulee isn’t going to be a fit in every defense. There is a trend of having uber athletic, but less physical, inside linebackers in college football and it all is in response to the speed of opposing offenses.

There is still room in the game for players like Yulee though. He has the tools to be an intimidator in the middle of a defense and will be a great fit with the right program.

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