Scouting Report: Antjuan Simmons – 2017 Linebacker

Sometimes you watch a prospects tape and a few plays in, you feel like you’ve seen enough.

That can be a good or bad thing, but with Antjuan Simmons it’s a very good thing. It’s easy to see why so many programs have already offered him and why he is being pursued by college football coaches from around the country. He has wow physical traits that show out in his play on the field and it’s going to be exciting to watch his development during his senior year and beyond.

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Scouting Report: A.J. Brown – 2016 Wide Receiver

Mississippi never gets a ton of credit for the talent that comes out of the state every year, but once again there is some high level talent that can be difference makers at the college level. Included in that group this year are two big time wide receivers, Dekaylin Metcalf and A.J. Brown.

Like Metcalf, Brown is a big target on the outside. He is built like a linebacker and is going to be a difficult player for any defensive back to tackle after he gets the ball in his hands.

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Scouting Report: Jeffery Simmons – 2016 Defensive End

Jeffery Simmons is what the SEC is all about and he doesn’t even play in the SEC yet. He will, though, and he will make an impact.

He is a big, fast, and violent football player that has the chance to be an all-conference player at Ole Miss, Mississippi State, LSU, Alabama, or Auburn. Bigger, faster, stronger is what the conference is all about and they’ll be adding another prospect who epitomizes that next fall.

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Scouting Report: Jordan Elliott – 2016 Defensive Tackle

When Tom Herman added Ed Oliver as a defensive tackle commitment, it opened a lot of eyes to what he and his staff could do at the University of Houston. When they added a commitment from another stud defensive tackle in Jordan Elliott, it showed that what they were doing was no fluke.

It’s going to be a battle to keep Elliott in the fold with programs like LSU, Texas, and USC all still in pursuit of him. If the Cougars can hold onto Elliott and Oliver, they are going to have a potentially dynamic and disruptive duo in the middle of their defense.

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Scouting Report: Trevon Diggs – 2016 Wide Receiver

Shared DNA doesn’t always equal to shared athleticism for brothers, but it sharing DNA seems to mean something when it comes to college football. Stephon Diggs was at one time a top recruit and later a star at Maryland before moving on to the NFL. Now it’s his brother Trevon Diggs who is the top recruit.

Time will tell if he follows in his brothers footsteps and becomes a Terrapin, but he has plenty of other top schools like Alabama, Penn State, LSU, and Tennessee that would be happy if he decided to forge his own path someplace else.

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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: 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: 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: Nigel Knott – 2016 Cornerback

Maybe my favorite cornerback that I ever watched play was former Ohio State cornerback Antoine Winfield. He was a pretty good cover guy, but there wasn’t anyone who tackled like him at the position. It was like the Buckeyes had another linebacker out on the field.

I saw a little bit of Winfield when I watched Nigel Knott tackle. He’s undersized just like Winfield, but hits harder than some of the top outside linebackers in this recruiting class. The Germantown High (Mississippi) cornerback has a lot of other raw tools to go with that aggressive tackling and that’s why he is considered on the top cornerbacks in the nation.

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Scouting Report: Erick Fowler – 2016 Edge Player

Undersized pass rushers need other traits to make them effective and Erick Fowler has all of those traits programs are looking for to make up for him not being the ideal size.

The Manor, Texas native has explosive qualities he can bring off the edge and it’s why he is such a coveted recruit for programs like Texas, LSU, and Alabama.

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