Scouting Report: N’Keal Harry – 2016 Wide Receiver

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I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a greater disparity in a player’s ranking than wide receiver N’Keal Harry. Harry is a 3 star and ranked as the 61st best receiver in the nation on 247Sports. He is a 5 star and the 2nd best receiver in the nation by Rivals.com. It’s like saying one piece of meat is the quality of a White Castle burger and someone else says it’s filet mignon.

I don’t know if I would rank Harry as a 5 star recruit, but he is certainly a lot closer to the that than a 3 star in my opinion. He is someone who should be an immediate contributor at Arizona State and should develop into on of the top receivers in the Pac-12.

Height: 6’3″

Weight: 210

Athletic ability/measurables

Harry has great size. He is physically ready to compete right now and is a mismatch with just about any corner in one on one coverage. He shows elite speed for a guy his size as well. Most big guys can’t move like he does. He doesn’t have explosive short area burst, but it’s solid. He’s much more than a big body and is a plus athlete with very good lateral agility.

Skills/technique

The biggest thing for me with Neal is the jump he has made as a senior in several areas of his game. Although I liked what I saw from him as a deep ball threat and the speed the showed to blow by inferior defensive backs, he is much more of a complete receiver as a senior.

He is a big receiver and plays big. He is much strong runner after the catch this season and will run through arm tackles. He has speed to and power to do serious damage on every touch. Very effective runner on pop pass/jet sweep plays and can one cut and god.

Very strong at catching contested balls. Will go up and high point the football and has improved at snatching the ball away from his body. Shows great body control when in the air and has good awareness of the sideline and keeping inbounds.

He’s a solid route runner that shows good burst out of his breaks and will use subtle fakes to gain separation.

Has the chance to be a dominating blocker on the perimeter and shows good effort.

Scheme fit

What is really great about Harry is that he can fit in numerous different roles in different schemes. Not simply an outside guy. Think he could be used in the slot as well and used as an option in the run game at times.

Potential

I probably wouldn’t rank N’Keal Harry as a 5 star prospect, but he has the potential to be an immediate impact player at Arizona State and be the kind of weapon that Jaelen Strong was for them. I think he has more juice after the catch than Strong as well. He has all the tools to develop into an All Pac-12 player for the Sun Devils.

Recruiting Site Position Position Rank Stars
Rivals WR 2 5
Scout WR 28 4
247 Sports WR 61 3
ESPN WR 4 4

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)