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Scouting the Latest Commits: Jayden Bonsu, Ronan Hanafin, Stanquan Clark, and More

Scouting Jayden Bonsu

Scouting Jayden Bonsu

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]We’ll keep the scouting reports rolling on the latest big commitments across the country.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

Stanquan Clark – Miami Central, FL

Committed to Louisville

Scouting Report: Starting MLB that routinely lined up farther off the line in a Tampa 2 style scheme. Solid frame with adequate wingspan, very good short area quickness and strength, and good speed and explosiveness. Utilizes his strength to shed blockers with solid or worse strength. Takes very good angles to the ballcarrier and is routinely stopping plays at the earliest possible point. Really strong player who can bring most runners down. Gets skinny between the tackles on blitzes and can break through with his strength and footwork. Uses his strength at the top of routes to slow down runners and has all the athletic ability needed to remain sticky in coverage versus most TEs and slower WRs. Good ball skills to close on the pass and knock it down or intercept.

Does not consistently read the offense prior to the snap. Relies too heavily on his strength and needs to wrap up more consistently. Needs to work on his mental processing in the Zone, would like to see him read the QB faster and make quicker breaks. Good pickup for Louisville; his pass coverage skills give him some versatility across the defense and he can find his way into some subpackages early as a role player to help with his development.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

Jayden Bonsu – St. Peter’s Prep, NJ

Committed to Ohio State

Scouting Report: Starting FS/Nickel combo that moved around the field depending on the package. Good frame and length with very good short area quickness, good speed and vertical, and solid strength. Reads the play pre-snap and adjusts himself as needed. Defense ran more advanced schemes than most high schools and he shows good football IQ to understand his role on any given play. Knows when to pass off, when to break, and when to turn his head in coverage. Athletic ability combined with his very good mental processing lets him find a way to maintain coverage against all but the best receivers. Good timing on blitzes to catch the line and QB off-guard.

Doesn’t play with good leverage and lacks the strength and technique to shed if he’s picked up by most linemen. Adequate ball skills in Man coverage and usually can only make good plays on the ball out of the zone. Value in man comes more from sticky coverage preventing the QB from attempting a pass than a big play to turn around the game. Really like this kid, extremely smart football player with all the physical aspects you want to boot. Should find his way onto the field quickly even at Ohio State and develop into a star.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

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Ronan Hanafin – Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, MA

Committed to Clemson

Scouting Report: Two-way starter at WR and SS that could reasonably play both positions at the next level, like him a bit more at Safety. Good frame with good speed, very good strength, solid explosiveness and short area quickness. Reads the offense pre-snap and adjusts himself well. Quick off the snap and knows where to position himself due to his reads pre-snap. Plays with leverage against blocks and sheds quickly utilizing his good technique and strength. Takes good angles to the ball carrier and shows a willingness to hit. Patient in Zone coverage and knows when to come down to the QB or provide additional help over the top. Good ball tracking and ball skills thanks to his time at receiver. Good timing and footwork off the edge on blitzes.

Hips are stiff; you can see him forcing himself lower instead of having the natural athletic bend you want. Don’t think he currently has the SAQ to be reliable in Man coverage at the next level. Pedigree of his league/state football programs is a concern, most of his games are nowhere near the play speed of his fellow commits. An interesting developmental pickup that I like best as an in-the-box safety. Shows the football IQ you like to see that the difference in play speed may not be a concern for his development and he could grow into a good contributor.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

Kenyon Sadiq – Skyline Senior, ID

Committed to Oregon

Scouting Report: Two-way starter for his HS that is likely to play WR in college. Elite frame with solid length, speed, and short area quickness, very good vertical, adequate balance, and good strength. Better athlete on film than he’s tested at camps. Strong at the LOS and can fight through the press. Utilizes his strength at the top of routes to push off defenders and create space. Reads Zone coverage well and knows where to settle himself. Very good ability to track and high point the ball. Uses his strength to fight through traffic and come down with the ball.

Shows marginal ability to run routes, runs on a curve too often instead of planting. Straight-line runner that won’t make big plays without trucking through defenders. Needs to learn proper blocking technique. Plays against poor competition, and his athleticism won’t be enough in Power 5 football to win reps. Interesting developmental prospect- hard to ignore his size and will be able to be the big man who can bring down the ball in goal-line situations. Development will depend on his coaching.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

Jordan Matthews – Woodlawn, LA

Committed to Tennessee

Scouting Report: Nationally recruited corner who got offers from some of the best programs in the nation. Good frame and length with very good speed, solid explosiveness, good strength, and a solid vertical. Strong at the LOS, presses with good technique, and can neutralize weaker receivers from the start. Tough through the top of routes and can slow down most receivers. Fast enough to catch up to receivers who can create separation with their better footwork. Quick on his breaks out of Zone and can fight through blockers. Tracks the ball well and can strip the ball during the catch if he’s not quite in range to make a play on the ball. Wraps up well and can be trusted as a solo tackler.

Faster than he is quick and can be beaten by shiftier receivers. Running and backpedal form is awkwardly wide and could use some work to give him a bit more speed. Not the type of player to create big plays by lurking or bringing down a pass in traffic. More of a run support corner and not asked to analyze the field much; will be interesting to see how he adapts at the mental level to the SEC. Solid pickup, not a flashy player but can definitely seem him being one of the better #2 corners in his division with potential to grow into the top corner on the team.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]