The top wide receiver prospects in the nation all seem to have one thing in common: they move differently than everybody else. They have a different level of speed and ability to cut that’s better than the players below them.
I see those uncommon traits that the top ranked receivers have in new Notre Dame commit Kevin Stepherson. I’m completely stumped as to why he is so underrated, but I have a feeling that won’t last forever. His commitment to Notre Dame will hopefully open up some eyes to him because there is a reason he had offers from schools like LSU and Florida as well. He’s a really good prospect and Notre Dame is getting a steal in my opinion.
Stepherson is a smooth athlete with easy speed. He just chews up ground effortlessly. He can get to full speed quickly and has great feet. He’s slim, but should be able to add weight and get to the 190 range.
There isn’t much I didn’t like about what I saw from Stepherson on film. He has the speed to threaten over the top, but it’s the way he switches gear to create separation that really stands out. He does a nice job of tracking the deep ball and can go up and get it.
He is smooth out of his breaks and knows how to use his speed to get a corner turned and then break back to the football. He can become a better route runner, but he really has great tools that make me think he can be an exceptional one.
He shows the ability to be a natural hands catcher and make the difficult catch. He has solid balance and body control when coming down with the football as well. The only critique would be that he sometimes lets the football get to his chest to body catch it and that’s a habit he’ll need to break.
He is good after the catch and runs stronger than he looks. He can break the first tackle even if it’s more likely he will make that player miss. He is a threat to gain big chunk yardage on every touch.
He’ll likely play the X receiver at Notre Dame. That’s the same position Will Fuller plays.
Throw out the ranking on this one because his film says 4 star in my opinion. I think he is hugely underrated and has the potential to be a very good starter later in his career. The depth chart is quite crowded in South Bend right now, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him emerge above some other higher ranked players in college.
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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).