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.

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Scouting Report: Velus Jones – 2016 Wide Receiver

I’m not of the opinion that recruiting rankings don’t mean anything, but I’m also not blind to the fact that they are nowhere near perfect, especially early in the process.

Velus Jones may be a little known receiver out Saraland, Alabama right now, but he’s about to get a lot more attention now that he has committed to USC. The Trojans picked up an out of state steal that is more than likely going to shooting up rankings over the next year.

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Scouting Report: Isaac Garcia – 2016 Edge Player

The state of Washington never gets enough credit for the talent they produce every year in recruiting and Bellevue tends to be a big part of that talent on a regular basis. It’s consistently one of the top high school football programs in the nation and has the FBS recruits every year to further prove it.

Isaac Garcia is one of the top players from the state and from Bellevue in this cycle and has already committed to USC. They project him on defense and he shows the signs of being a very good run defender at the next level.

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Scouting Report: Nathan Smith – 2016 Offensive Tackle

There is mean, then there is “knock you down on your butt three times and never give you a chance to get up” kind of mean. That’s the kind of mean Nathan Smith displays as a run blocker.

That’s why Smith is considered one of the top offensive lineman in California. He could end up being a dominating run blocker in the Pac-12 for USC and plays with the kind of effort and intensity that should be contagious to the rest of his teammates on the offensive line.

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Scouting Report: Melquise Stovall – 2016 Athlete

Small backs like Melquise Stovall always get stereotyped as finesse players who excel out in space rather than in tight quarters. Stovall has speed and lateral agility to be awesome when out in space, but it’s his ability as an inside runner that smashes the stereotype that is put on small running backs.

He packs power to go with great feet and vision that help him excel wherever he is handed or catches the football. He’s one of the most exciting prospects to watch on the west coast in this recruiting class and another great pickup for USC.

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Scouting Report: Frank Martin – 2016 Offensive Tackle

Mater Dei sends a bunch of players to play football at the college level every year and not all of them go to USC. For some reason though, Mater Dei offensive lineman Frank Martin committing to USC just seemed like it was going to be a fit all along. Martin has long been considered one of the top offensive line prospects on the west coast for this cycle and USC tends to win a lot of those battles for the best players in their backyard.

He’s got great raw tools to work and is a great addition to USC’s offensive line class in 2016.

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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.

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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: 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.

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