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.

Continue reading “Scouting Report: Antjuan Simmons – 2017 Linebacker”

Scouting Report: Mecole Hardman – 2016 Athlete

You don’t see too many two-way players at the college level anymore, but it’s still something that is prevalent at the high school level. Sometimes players are so good that they can genuinely project to being a great college football player on either side of the ball.

That’s how it is with Mecole Hardman. Wide receiver and defensive back coaches are going to be fighting over who gets him when he arrives on a college campus as a freshman. He has the athletic talent to be an All-American level caliber on either side of the football once he focuses on one position.

Continue reading “Scouting Report: Mecole Hardman – 2016 Athlete”

Scouting Report: Devin Studstill – 2016 Safety

A lot of people get caught up in highlights when watching high school recruits, but I love watching the game by game progression of athletes. Sometimes it’s tough to remember that these kids with so many scholarship offers are still really young and aren’t anywhere near maxed out as to the type of players they can be.

Safety Devin Studstill is a perfect example. He did a lot of nice things early in his junior year, but at some point the light switch turned on and he took it to another level. I’m excited to see what kind of jump he is going to make with his senior film this fall.

Continue reading “Scouting Report: Devin Studstill – 2016 Safety”

Scouting Report: Jaylon Jones – 2016 Cornerback

College football is a numbers game in that, even with 85 scholarships, there is always juggling going on when it comes to the roster. If a coaching staff misses on recruiting enough players at a position a couple of years in a row, their season could be crippled with one or two injuries at that position.

It’s a big reason why versatility is more valuable than ever in recruiting and it’s what makes Jaylon Jones such coveted recruit. The Allen, Texas native has the skill set to play both safety positions, but he also can line up on the outside as corner and be very effective in man coverage.

Continue reading “Scouting Report: Jaylon Jones – 2016 Cornerback”

Scouting Report: Antwuan Jackson – 2016 Defensive Tackle

There never seems to be a shortage of big bodies to recruit at defensive tackle, but the ones who have the potential to be special pass rushers are few and far between.

That’s why Antwuan Jackson is such a highly recruited prospect with offers from all over the country. He could end up being an extremely disruptive player that can really push the pocket at the next level.

Continue reading “Scouting Report: Antwuan Jackson – 2016 Defensive Tackle”

Scouting Report: Cary Angeline – 2016 Tight End

In a different time, Downington East tight end Cary Angeline would have probably been projected as an undersized power forward playing college basketball at some mid-major somewhere.

But in today’s world, he is the kind of coveted tight end prospect that doesn’t come along very often. A long athlete with a big frame and great hands all equal to one of the top tight end prospects in the nation for the 2016 class.

Continue reading “Scouting Report: Cary Angeline – 2016 Tight End”

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.

Continue reading “Scouting Report: Nigel Knott – 2016 Cornerback”

Scouting Report: Devin Asiasi – 2016 Tight End

I’m not sure why more recruiting people aren’t talking about Devin Asiasi.

Perhaps it’s because he is just a part in what is a powerhouse high school football program in De La Salle where there emphasize team over everything else. Maybe it’s because of the position he plays. Tight ends rarely receive high rankings and several teams don’t even have a true tight end in their offensive scheme.

Whatever the reason is, throw it out. More people need to be talking about Asiasi. He’s one of the top prospects in the nation and could be listed as a blue chip recruit on both sides of the football.

Continue reading “Scouting Report: Devin Asiasi – 2016 Tight End”

Scouting Report: Rashard Lawrence – 2016 Defensive Tackle

I know a lot of people who are critical of scouting hate when the words special or elite get thrown around when describing players. I really don’t care what they think though.

Rashard Lawrence is elite. He is a special prospect. He has the talent to be an immediate difference maker at the college level and that’s extremely rare. So in this case, elite and special fit him and fit him well.

Continue reading “Scouting Report: Rashard Lawrence – 2016 Defensive Tackle”