Scouting Report: Marcus Lewis – 2015 Cornerback

In recruiting, projection and potential are extremely important to coaching staffs. Of course everyone wants to sign five stars that are not only great athletes, but also fairly polished football players. The reality is that almost every football recruit isn’t close to what they will be by the time they leave college football.

Marcus Lewis is a classic case where projection is everything. The Gonzaga High corner has physical attributes that college coaches want to work with, but it remains to be seen whether those attributes will translate into him being a great football player at the next level.

Height: 6’1″

Weight: 180

Athletic ability/measurables

There is a lot to like about Lewis from a physical standpoint. He has the combination of size, length, and speed that coaches covet in a cornerback who can matchup against the big time receivers.

Skills/technique

There is alway a point when a player realizes he can be a very good football player. For Lewis, it was about four games into his junior season when he returned a kick for a touchdown and you could see his level of play drastically get better after that.

He continued to make plays on special teams as a returner and by blocking a kick. He started producing big plays on offense where he really flashed his speed.

As a cornerback, he was much more aggressive and effective supporting the run. He went from merely being involved in the tackle in earlier games to laying the wood when he got the opportunity. I saw him also intercept the ball as well. It was obvious that Lewis had the ability to be a very good football player.

To be honest though, there just wasn’t enough of seeing him in coverage for me to say that he is one of the top cornerbacks in this recruiting class. He looked high in his backpedal at times, but I can’t really focus in on that because I didn’t see him covering receivers enough to critique it heavily. I also saw him close in and make a couple of plays on the ball, but again, it’s not enough to make anything close to a definitive evaluation on him as a cornerback.

Maybe he locked receivers down and they never threw the ball his way? I don’t know the answer to that. He is definitely someone you’d like to see in a camp setting covering one on one to see where he is currently at as a coverage player.

Scheme fit

If I project him to be the big corner everyone is in search of, then I would play him on the boundary where he can help versus the run as well as cover.

Potential

If we’re talking height/weight/speed, Lewis is potentially a great defensive back. Coaches will believe that they can coach him up to be that big shutdown corner and if not, he can maybe play safety or even be a receiver. In a perfect world, a player like Lewis would have to wait on some of the major scholarship offers he has received so far because teams would want to know if he is more of a sure thing. But in the college football world we currently live in, teams have to offer him based on the projection of what he can possibly become and hope he develops into the corner they have always wanted.

Ratings

Rivals #8 CB (4 star)

Scout #23 CB (4 star)

247 Sports #16 ATH (4 star)

ESPN Unranked (3 star)

Jamie Uyeyama was a defensive lineman at Idaho State University and Simon Fraser University. He has also coached at the college and high school level. He 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). Jamie is also the former Sr. Editor, Digital Content and News for theScore.com.

Scouting Report: Lorenzo Nunez – 2015 Quarterback

For each elite high school football player, I expect to see a significant jump in every aspect of their game from their sophomore to their junior year. Lorezno Nunez is no different and looked like a different player as junior and showed a ton of potential for Harrison High School in Kenesaw, Georgia.

Height: 6’3″

Weight: 190

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Athletic ability/measurables

Nunez is an impressive looking athlete who has the potential to be explosive. He’s got good size with room to put on quite a bit more weight.

Skills/technique

Nunez went from looking awkward in the pocket as a sophomore to someone who looked in command as a junior. He stands tall and has a nice, quick release.

He’s a more than capable runner, but I only saw flashes of what he can do. I’m not sure if that’s a product of the team he has around him, but he didn’t create as many big plays with his feet as I expected to see. He moved the chains, but there wasn’t as many long runs I was looking for.

To me the most impressive thing about Nunez was his arm strength when throwing the ball on the run. Nunez is right-handed, but was still able to throw the ball on a rope many times when rolling to this left.

I saw Nunez make some great throws down the field and look really impressive from the pocket at times, but there wasn’t a lot of film of him making the routine throws so I couldn’t get a proper gauge of his accuracy and ball placement.

Scheme fit

I’m struggling to think of what scheme someone like Nunez wouldn’t fit in. He has the tools to play in just about every one, but I certainly can see why spread teams like Clemson and Ohio State have offered him.

Potential

It’s harder to project Nunez because of reasons I stated above, but you can see the obvious potential for him to be a very good quarterback at the FBS level. Some guys just have the ability to make some throws that other cannot make. He has the chance to be a multi-year starter at quarterback in the right program, but will likely need to red-shirt before he sees any time on the field.

Ratings

Rivals #6 Dual-threat – QB (4 star)

Scout #22 – QB (4 star)

247 Sports #8 Dual-threat – QB (4 star)

ESPN #9 Dual-threat – QB (4 star)

Jamie Uyeyama was a defensive lineman at Idaho State University and Simon Fraser University. He has also coached at the college and high school level. He 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). Jamie is also the former Sr. Editor, Digital Content and News for theScore.com.

Scouting Report: Brady White – 2015 Quarterback

I can’t remember what the year was that ESPN proclaimed it as the “Year of the Quarterback”, but I think that’s an apt way to describe 2015 in the state of California. Brady White is next on the list of intriguing quarterback prospects from the Golden State. The Hart High School signal caller is one of the most fundamentally prepared quarterbacks that will be moving on to the FBS in this upcoming recruiting class.

Height: 6’2″

Weight: 186

Athletic ability/measurables

White is coordinated with very nimble feet. He’s not going to blow anyone away with his straight-line speed, but he can move well in and around the pocket.

His greatest limitation at the next level may be his size. He’s listed at 186, but that could be soaking wet with weights in his pocket. He looks tiny and does not appear to have the frame to add a lot of weight.

Skills/technique

White is extremely polished in his technique and fundamentals of the position. His movement and ability to slide in the pocket is terrific. White is also very good at using pump fakes to freeze a defense.

He doesn’t have a rocket for an arm, but because he is so balanced and his feet are so good, he is rarely in bad position to deliver the football. His ball placement on his throws is great as well. He does a tremendous job of hitting his receivers in stride or putting the ball in places where they can win on the play.

White simply has a great feel for the position. He moves like he has been doing footwork drills since he came out of the womb.

Scheme fit

I don’t think White is limited to being one of those quarterbacks where he is primarily asked to do one step and throw like many offenses around college football. I can see him in a pro-style offense where he’s not asked to do any designed quarterback runs and concentrate on throwing the football.

Potential

White is interesting as far as his potential is concerned. On one hand, he looks very polished right now and I’m not sure he will improve in as many areas as some of the other top prospects. He is also not the biggest guy and unless I am wrong about his frame and he is able to get a lot bigger, he might not hold up well physically. In saying that, I think White is someone who can compete for playing time very early in his career in college and might even be ready to play as a freshman. If that happens I expect him to be a very productive quarterback who has a chance at breaking some school records at his program of choice.

Recruiting Site Position Position Rank Stars
Rivals PS-QB 3 4
Scout QB 9 4
247 Sports PS-QB 3 4
ESPN PP-QB 6 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). Jamie is also the former Sr. Editor, Digital Content and News for theScore.com.