Laquon Treadwell is one of the most physically gifted wide receivers in college football for Ole Miss. He’s a former 5 star freak of nature that is making a gigantic impacts for the Rebels on the field this season.
It’s frightening for their opponents to think of, but Ole Miss has another Treadwell type of talent on the way in 2016 wide receiver commitment DeKaylin Metcalf. They likely won’t get to team up together if Treadwell leaves early for the NFL, but Metcalf has the talent to step right into Treadwell’s shoes as a dominant receiver in the SEC West.
Metcalf is physically mature beyond his years for a receiver. He’s a big, strong athlete that plays to his size. A long strider with good speed, but not a burner or overly explosive. Overall though, he is a talented, coordinated athlete that stands out physically against his competition.
Metcalf is capable of making spectacular catches. He’s show ridiculous hands and his compete level when the ball is in the air is outstanding. It’s incredibly tough for anyone to match up with him in jump ball situations. He might have the best ball skills I have seen from a receiver in the last two recruiting classes.
Does a nice job of beating press coverage at the line of scrimmage. Uses his hands well to create separation. Sets up defensive backs with his movement in his routes, but can work on being sharper and more explosive out of his breaks.
Physically he is a bully out there against cornerbacks in the way he runs after the catch. He is very hard to bring down by just one player and he also shows an edge as a blocker. He’s more than willing and flashes the ability to dominate in this area.
Just line up Metcalf anywhere you want and chuck him the football. He’ll go up and get it.
Metcalf has rare ball skills and by the time he starts attending Ole Miss he should be physically ready to compete from day one. He has the chance to develop into a dominant player at the college level.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach). In addition to here, he breaks down Virginia Tech recruits for 247Sports’ VTscoop.com, Notre Dame recruits for SB Nation’s One Foot Down, and is the recruiting editor for SB Nation’s Pac-12 blog, Pacific Takes. Jamie is also the former Sr. Editor, Digital Content and News for theScore.com.