Scouting Report: Calvin Ashley – 2017 Offensive Tackle

Sometimes it’s just not fair. It’s not fair that some kids are built like offensive tackle Calvin Ashley while others have to scrape for every extra inch to measure up to compete at the highest levels of football.

If there is a scouting dictionary locked away somewhere in a football library, the Auburn commitment’s picture is what would be next to the definition of an offensive tackle. This kid could walk into the NFL combine next week and not look out of place with the the guys who are about to start making a living playing the game. He has some way to go to get to be one of those guys to be ready for a jump to the league, but his genetic gifts should help him get there in a few years.

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Scouting Report: Michael Divinity – 2016 Linebacker

There is always going to be a premium on players that can rush the passer and that is the greatest strength for one of the top outside linebacker recruits in the nation, Michael Divinity.

His 40 time might not be blazing, but his film says SEC speed to me and he is a coveted prospect by several of the top programs in the top conference in college football.

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Scouting Report: Tyrie Cleveland – 2016 Wide Receiver

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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Scouting Report: Marquez Callaway – 2016 Athlete

I watched Marquez Callaway‘s junior film and I was a little underwhelmed to be perfectly honest. He certainly looked like a very good prospect, but I was hoping for a bit more.

His sophomore film is a different story. He made a ton of plays and part of the reason was the position he primarily played that season. He is an athlete to projects well to multiple positions, but one in particular really stands out for him to have the highest ceiling.

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Scouting Report: JoeJuan Williams – 2016 Safety

Scheme fit is a constant point of emphasis to me when it comes to evaluating recruits. One prospect may be an All-American caliber of player in one scheme and he may be someone who isn’t suited to start in another.

JoeJuan Williams is someone who can fit in multiple schemes, but at different positions. He can play corner, but likely only in a defense that asks him to play a lot of press. He could be free safety in one that doesn’t. He’ll find the right fit for him and he has the potential to be a great player in the secondary for some lucky college football program.

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Scouting Report: Aaron Hansford – 2016 Linebacker

There is projection with every recruit, but some a lot more than others. Linebacker Aaron Hansford is a prospect where projection is everything.

I don’t need to see him at a camp to know he is a great athlete and looks like he can be the prototype outside linebacker in a 4-3 defense. With limited film, though, I also can’t see a lot of things he can do well now with the pads on either. Even without the film, he athletically projects in the upper tier at his position for the next level and that’s why schools like Ohio State, Penn State, and Notre Dame have all offered him a scholarship.

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Scouting Report: Antonneous Clayton – 2016 Edge Player

It’s amazing that so many of the talented edge rusher prospects that are great athletes are also slow reacting off the football. They are fast runners, but don’t react like they should when the ball is snap.

Antonneous Clayton is one of the exceptions. He’s a great athlete for the position and gets off the football like gangbusters. He has offers from some of the top schools in the nation and could end up being the best pass rusher to emerge from the 2016 recruiting class.

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Scouting Report: Eric Cuffee – 2016 Cornerback

One thing I always have at the top of my mind is that the player that a recruit is now is not the player that he is going to be later. I think that sometimes that gets lost when it comes to evaluating certain prospects.

I can see faults in Waco High cornerback Eric Cuffee‘s game, but I also think those faults are correctable. He also does some things really well and it’s why he is such a highly coveted recruit with offers from in-state schools like Texas and Texas A&M and national programs like Notre Dame and Alabama.

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Scouting Report: Oluwole Betiku – 2016 Defensive End

Players who just start playing football shouldn’t be this good this fast, but Oluwole Betiku is the exception to the rule. He is a physically gifted athlete that is built to be a defensive lineman.

He may already be the top prospect on the west coast and it wouldn’t shock me to see him ultimately end up right up near the top as a top ten player in the nation if he continues to improve at this incredible pace.

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