Eli Stove has been tearing up the camp circuit this spring and continually performs well versus some of the top players in the state of Florida. That, combined with his film, has people buzzing about what he can do at the college level.
Whether he stays in SEC country or heads up to Michigan or Ohio State in the Big Ten, he has the chance to be a difference maker.
Stove has great top end speed and can get to it quickly. His lateral agility is also very good. He’s slim right now and will need to add weight and strength at the next level.
Stove is a threat to take it for six every time he catches the ball because of his speed. He can take short passes to gain big chunk yardage. If he has any kind of space, he is tough to catch in the open field and shows enough lateral quickness to make defenders miss as well.
He ran a lot of jet sweeps and could simply outrun players to the edge. It’s something he’ll likely continue to do at the college level.
He runs an extremely limited route tree for his high school team. Although he lines up out of the slot, he rarely worked the middle of the field. He ran a ton of bubble screens and go routes. He showed in camp settings he is capable of being a good route runner, but can flat out run by the people who are trying to cover him in high school.
He shows good hands other than the occasional double catch. He is fairly consistent at catching the ball away from his body. He does a nice job of adjusting to back shoulder throws and still keeping his feet to keep moving after the catch. He did not show himself to be a jump ball receiver who will go up and get the football.
Stove could end up being a slot if he can show he can catch the ball in traffic in the middle of the field, but I think he is probably a better fit as an outside receiver.
His ability after the catch should help him get on the field early and be a productive player throughout his career. He has the chance to develop into a big play receiver and returner at the next 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).