The way recruiting goes these days, elite defensive line prospects don’t just pop onto a program’s radar out of the blue at this point in the process. The only way it happens is if a player de-commits.
That’s how a player like Terrell Hall can all of a sudden become an option for teams like Alabama, Penn State, and Notre Dame at the beginning of August. Ohio State’s loss should end up being another program’s gain with a physically gifted defensive end like Hall.
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There were many big time wide receivers at The Opening last month, but the two who jumped out the most to me were Kyle Davis and Tyrie Cleveland.
Forget about the SPARQ score and how well he performed in the testing portion of the event, Cleveland backed it up by making a ton of plays in the 7 on 7 portion of the event. He’s one of the top pass catchers in the nation in this class and should be a big time deep threat at the next level.
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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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Position changes for recruits are not that uncommon. Often a player is brought in at one position and it doesn’t take much time before they are switched to another.
Dymond Lee is seen as a wide receiver by most recruiting sites and most schools. UCLA took his commitment as a quarterback, so a quarterback he shall be. For how long that is, I don’t really know. I’m going to assume it’s not long, though, because I’m not sure Lee would be able to get on the field being behind Josh Rosen at quarterback. I see him eventually being moved to wide receiver and I’m going to concentrate on that area of his game for the purpose of this post.
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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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Any time anyone is looking at football recruits, floors and ceilings are always discussed. It’s not just about how good a player can be, but also what a player is now and definitely will be.
With Oregon safety commit Brady Breeze, it’s all about his floor. The things he does well right now will allow him to at the very least be a solid player at the next level even if he might not have the same ceiling as some other defensive backs.
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Skill players from the state of Hawaii never get the benefit of the doubt, even though they have produced a fair number of great ones at the college level.
Vavae Malepeai had to go out and earn respect in the camp circuit and did so by earning an invite to The Opening Finals and then performing well there. He deserves to be mentioned with the top backs in the nation and has all of the tools to be another outstanding running back at the University of Oregon.
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Justin Madubuike is listed as a defensive end just about everywhere. And he probably would be one at the next level if he were playing at a college this fall.
He’s not, though. He’s only going to be a senior in high school this season and even if he kicks outside to play this season (he lined up inside as a junior), I think he is likely to grow into an interior player and a very good one at that.
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On the first day of The Opening, I saw Kyle Davis and I thought he was a linebacker. I did a double take when I checked the roster and realized that it was a him and he was a receiver.
Davis looks like Tarzan and plays like Tarzan’s older brother. He dominated The Opening and was named the MVP of it for a reason. All it did was back up what was already there on film. He’s the best receiver in the nation.
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With most players there is an “if” attached to them as to whether or not they are actually going to become great at the next level. With Ohio State commit Jonathon Cooper as a pass rusher, it’s more of a “when”.
Everything I see from him shows me he can develop into a double digit sack guy at the college level and he is still scratching the surface as to how good he can be.
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