Scouting Report: Kaden Smith – 2016 Tight End

Size. Speed. Strength. Intelligence. All of these are important for a football player.

Sometimes though, all of those things without the nasty can make a player incomplete. Fortunately for tight end Kaden Smith, there is plenty of nasty to his game. It’s that edge that he possesses that puts him over the top as not just a good prospect, but a great one. It’s likely a big reason why he is a national recruit that is being pursued by schools all over the country.

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Scouting Report: Binjimen Victor – 2016 Wide Receiver

Every year in recruiting there are positions that are stronger than others. Last year the two deepest positions were probably defensive tackle and cornerback, but it always seems to change year to year.

One position that seems to be a constant is wide receiver. The athletes at wide receiver always seem to be special and I don’t think it is likely the one position that will always be a constant. Coconut Creek’s Binjimen Victor is one of the freakish talents at the position in this recruiting cycle.

Even when he’s covered, he’s never really covered. That’s what make Victor special and one of the top wide receivers in this recruiting class.

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Scouting Report: Brian Burns – 2016 Edge Player

There are a lot of unattractive things about the recruiting process for high school football players. Things like ego and false promises can often put a damper on what should be an exciting time for recruits.

I believe the good things far outweigh the negatives of the process though and one thing I love is seeing players rise up in the rankings and earn offers by showing what they can do. That’s exactly what Brian Burns did this past weekend in Miami at The Opening regional where he earned an invite to the national event that will take place in July.

He showed exciting potential as an edge rusher and I expect he’ll be receiving even more attention over the next few months as more programs take notice of him.

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Scouting Report: Rahshaun Smith – 2016 Edge Player

Anyone who follows national recruiting knows about the kind of talent that has been assembled at IMG Academy in Florida this year. The 2016 prospects alone could make for a damn good recruiting class for several schools.

Rahshaun Smith is a recent transfer into IMG from St. Frances Academy in Baltimore and is one of the top edge players in this recruiting class. Whether he plays defensive end or outside linebacker at the next level, he has the potential to develop into an impact player.

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Scouting Report: Derrick Brown – 2016 Defensive Tackle

It’s an interesting question and I’m not sure what the correct answer is. When recruiting sites rate prospects, how much are they weighing potential versus what the player is right now?

When I watch defensive tackle Derrick Brown, I see 5 star potential, but I don’t see a 5 star player on the field yet. His progress on the field as a senior and at the college level is going to be extremely interesting to monitor because he has the raw talent to be as good as any other player in this recruiting class.

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Scouting Report: Julian Rochester – 2016 Defensive Tackle

The reason they say the SEC is a line of scrimmage league is because dudes likes Julian Rochester play in it. He’s the typical SEC defensive lineman. Big, strong, and can run.

Rochester has the raw tools to develop into a big time disruptive presence at defensive tackle when he gets to the college level.

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Scouting Report: Saivion Smith – 2016 Cornerback

Some players just have “it”. That sounds ridiculous when you say it and looks even more ridiculous when I’m writing it, but when you watch Saivion Smith play football, that “it” makes a lot more sense.

The cornerback from IMG Academy in Florida has a GPS for the football and is always making plays. It’s that “it” factor that makes him one of the top cornerbacks in the 2016 recruiting class.

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Scouting Report: Levonta Taylor – 2016 Cornerback

Most power college football programs covet big corners. They want height and length to cover the same height and length offenses are throwing out there at receiver.

That’s why it might be surprising that a corner like Levonta Taylor is considered one of the best cornerbacks in the 2016 recruiting class. Taylor does not have ideal size, but his other skills can’t be ignored though. He’s an elite athlete at the position and proved his ability against the top wide receivers in the 2015 class at The Opening.

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Scouting Report: Dexter Lawrence – 2016 Defensive Tackle

In the 10th grade, I weighed 190 pounds. I somehow played defensive tackle for a couple of years at the college level. Dexter Lawrence just finished the 10th grade and weighs 290. I think he might be better suited to play defensive tackle at the college level than I was.

Lawrence is massive young man that already flashes the ability to be an interior pass rusher and clog the middle against the run. It’s scary how good the Wake Forest, North Carolina native is going to be once he gets to the next level.

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