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Scouting the Latest Commits: Caleb Downs, Derrick LeBlanc, and More

Scouting the Commits - Caleb Downs

Scouting the Commits - Caleb Downs

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We’ll keep the scouting reports rolling on the latest big commitments across the country.

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Malik Bryant – Jones, FL

Committed to Miami

Scouting Report: Edge/OLB that spent a season at IMG last year before transferring back to his original HS. Good frame and athleticism with an adequate wingspan. Quick off the LOS, has a fast and strong initial punch, and has the strength and technique to quickly shed against most tackles. Pursues ballcarrier well and wraps up well. Good speed and ability to read the play/QB to cover in man or zone. Conservative player, not going to give up big plays but not seeing the playmaking ability to force fumbles or intercept. Extremely high floor for this kid, even if he doesn’t develop at all he’s still a rotational piece. Should turn into a star after a college training program gives him a little more burst and strength.

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Caleb Downs – Mill Creek, GA

Committed to Alabama

Scouting Report: Starting safety at a premier division in HS football. Good frame, adequate wingspan, and solid functional strength and elite athleticism. Explosive player that takes great angles to the ballcarrier and wraps up to bring them down as a solo tackler. Excellent in coverage, can match the speed of almost any player to effectively cover in man or zone. Positions himself to make a play on the ball and has the hands to intercept bad throws. Needs to work on his pre-snap reads and learn to jump routes to round out his skillset. Complete package of what you want at safety, potential to win the Thorpe by the end of his career.

Wilky Denaud – John Carroll, FL

Committed to Auburn

Scouting Report: Starting DE in a 4-3 for John Carroll. Elite frame, very good strength, and good explosiveness with adequate speed. Strong initial punch off the snap, can overpower most tackles to shed and make a play on the ballcarrier. Good bullrush to disrupt the pocket and pressure the QB. Size and strength let him solo tackle virtually anyone. Slower player, constantly a step or two away from turning pressures into sacks and no gains into negative yards. Raw athlete that relies on his physical gifts, going to need to refine his technique to compete in the SEC. Coaching and development will play a big part in his career trajectory.

John Walker – Osceola, FL

Committed to UCF

Scouting Report: DT who has been getting snaps since freshman year at a good program. Very good length and explosiveness with good height, strength, and speed. Quick off the LOS, strong and fast initial punch, great technique and strength to shed and has the speed to quickly close on the ballcarrier. Has a well-rounded pass rush kit, utilizes a bull rush, swim move, and rip to disrupt the pocket. Great motor. Wish he was a bit taller and wider for an inside player. Could get hands up on pass plays he doesn’t disrupt. Hard to find a guy this size with his toolkit and will always have value to a football team as an inside pass rusher. Huge get for the program and will be a staple on their defense his entire career.

Derrick LeBlanc – Osceola, FL

Committed to Oklahoma

Scouting Report: Moved all around the D-Line in his school’s 4-3 system. Very good length and height with solid strength and explosiveness. Extremely quick off the LOS and uses his footwork to get around blockers fast. Stays low and leverages his length against blockers. Takes good angles to ballcarriers and wraps up correctly. Utilizes his length to swat down balls at the LOS. Has some pass rush tools to work with, mostly utilizes a good swim move. Athleticism is not where it should be, would like to see him larger, stronger, and faster to play at the level Oklahoma expects. Shows great technique for a HS player, coaches have done a good job preparing him for the next level and a college training regimen should allow him to take that next step. Might take some time, but I see him developing into a solid to good level starter for Oklahoma.

Ja’Keem Jackson – Osceola, FL

Committed to Florida

Scouting Report: Two-way starter at CB and WR for Osceola, will play CB in college. Good frame and length with very good speed and explosiveness. Knows when to flip his hips and utilizes his speed to remain sticky in coverage. Aggressive and physical in coverage, will use his hands to slow the receiver down and go up to make a play on the ball. Tracks the ball well and has soft hands thanks to his time at receiver, can turn bad passes into big plays. Doesn’t punch the receiver out of press coverage. Backpedal is a bit stiff and would like to see his stride open up. Sits in his zone a bit too long before breaking. Needs to work on his strength and tackling form to handle SEC receivers. Solid pickup for Florida but a decent bit to work on before he turns into anything special.

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