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Scouting Joenel Aguero

Scouting Joenel Aguero

[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]

Joshua Manning – Lee’s Summit, MO

Committed to Missouri

Scouting Report: Starting receiver with great production. Very good frame, long arms, good speed and explosiveness. Physical receiver through the top of the route, tracks the ball well, high points the ball and uses his length advantage over the corner. Runs through guys in the open field and has the top-end speed necessary for big plays.

Needs to work on his route running and use his hands against the press a little better. Should develop into a WR1 for Mizzou quickly, very well-rounded player. Great special teams potential.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

Olaus Alinen – Loomis Chaffee, CT

Committed to Alabama

Scouting Report: Highly recruited tackle with 45 offers across the nation. Very good frame and length needed to play tackle. Moves well for his size, not just in short areas but has good long speed when blocking down the field. Good play strength and hand technique makes it hard for guys to disengage on him. Mirrors defender well and drives his legs through blocks. Good timing against spins and swims to neutralize the move.

Balance is a concern, he’s on the ground way too often and it’s usually a result of him lunging for blocks despite having the speed needed to close on blocks quickly. Level of competition is no where near what he’ll be playing at Bama. Good player, not sure how he fits into the Bama room which has more to do with how stacked they are and not a lack of potential from him. Could easily see him transferring out for playing time by the end of year 2 if he can’t keep up with SEC competition.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

Jackson Bowers – Mountain View, AZ

Committed to BYU

Scouting Report: Starting TE that usually came out of the 2-point stance in his high school’s offense. Solid frame for a TE, very good functional strength, solid speed, and adequate explosiveness. Strong at all points of his route, can push off the press and uses his strength at the top of his routes to push off and gain separation. Catches through contact and has a great stiff arm and the ability to truck through defenders to extend plays.

Lacking a lot of the fundamentals with blocking, rarely maintains the half-man relationship, blocks upright, and relies on his physical strength to keep the defender at a stalemate. Coaches rarely use him out of the 3-point stance/at the LOS likely because of this, not much to evaluate for that portion of his game. Think it might be better to just move him outside as a big-bodied X, much less work needed on his game in that regard. Will be a solid contributor to BYU once developed but it may take a bit to find his role in their offense.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

Kelton Smith – Carver, GA

Committed to UGA

Scouting Report: Starting tackle for Carver that I think projects better as a guard. Good frame, needs to fill out his lower body more, good strength, and has the bend and length needed for the position. Quick off the LOS with a strong first punch, drives through defenders and knows when to disengage and look for another block downfield. Anchors well against power rushers in pass protection.

Doesn’t move that well, struggles to move end-to-end in Zone runs and against speed rushers around the edge in pass protection. Good pickup for UGA, can contribute quickly if he hits the weight room hard his freshman year and fills out his lower body. May take some more time to fix his other issues if they want to keep him at tackle.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

Joenel Aguero – St. John’s Prep, MA

Committed to Georgia

Scouting Report: Starting safety at St. John’s, transferred to IMG for his junior year and has transferred back to St. John’s for his senior year. Good frame, very good speed and explosiveness, and solid strength. Covers well in Zone, reads the QB’s eyes, knows when to pass off receivers, and breaks when the pass is about to come out. Has the speed to cover in the Man, knows when to turn his head, tracks the ball well and has the vertical to contest high-pointed ball. Good ball skills, will make contact with the ball if he’s in coverage and has soft hands to intercept when in position.

Not the strongest player, won’t have much impact as a box safety with stronger RBs running through him. Would like to see some pre-snap reads so he doesn’t have to completely rely on his speed. Great pickup for Georgia, can play FS, come down in the slot, or play single-high if needed. Measurables and skillset are extremely similar to Jimmie Ward.

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Walker Lyons – Folsom, CA

Committed to Stanford

Scouting Report: WR/TE combo for Folsom that should play TE for Stanford. Good frame and strength with solid speed and explosiveness. Good strength out the slot to slip through physical corners and create separation at the top of routes. Soft hands, tracks and high points the ball well, and uses his strength to gain extra yards after the catch. Willing blocker at the LOS who maintains leverage.

Not the fastest guy on the field, plenty of LBs that won’t have problems catching back up if he can create separation with his strength. Size going to prevent him from being able to take on most P5 ends as a solo blocker. Good weapon for a pass-happy offense while still bringing value on run downs. Should be a solid contributor for Stanford.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

Payton Kirkland – Dr. Phillips, FL

Committed to Texas

Scouting Report: Starting LT for Dr. Phillips with over 50 D1 offers. Elite size and strength with good athleticism. Bends and moves well for his size. Quick and strong initial punch, drives through defenders when blocking, and keeps leverage entire time. Can pull in Gap and stretch in Zone runs as needed. Moves through his set points quickly and has strength to anchor against power rushers. Can get tricked by twists and loaded blitzes.

Needs to learn how to pass off and pick up oncoming rushers better. Raw athlete that needs some polish to his game but a lot to be excited for. Think this guy will end up as a stud LT for Texas and will find himself in their O-Line rotation quickly.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

Chase Bisontis – Don Bosco, NJ

Committed to Texas A&M

Scouting Report: Tackle at Don Bosco that’s been starting since freshman year. Very good size and length with good strength. Quick off the LOS, strong initial punch, and stays low to maintain leverage. Can move well to block in the zone and adjust to speed rushers off the edge. Good handwork to maintain blocks against those trying to shed or use pass rush move. Strength to anchor and prevent the pocket from collapsing.

Needs to read pre-snap better so quicker ends and backers don’t get the jump on him. Slow through his set points. Very polished player with the athleticism wanted for the SEC that shouldn’t take long to get in the OL rotation.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

Ja’Vin Simpkins – Norland, FL

Committed to Georgia Tech

Former GT commit that decommitted after the coaching staff changes. Marginal size and length, good speed and explosiveness, and solid balance. Good vision out of the backfield, recognizes oncoming defenders and has the quick step needed to adjust. Able to make defenders miss with his athleticism, has a good spin and juke move. Separates well against defenders using his athleticism and has soft hands.

Size is a huge concern that prevents him from blocking well in the backfield and stops him from running between the tackles effectively. Should be a solid contributor as a rotational guy but not a goal-line or 3-down back. Will likely contribute the most on special teams as a returner.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

Jasiah Wagoner – Spanaway Lake, WA

Committed to Oklahoma

Nationally recruited corner who contributed as an RB as well. Solid frame and length, solid speed, and an elite level vertical and explosiveness. Good press due to his good hand technique. Good backpedal form and knows when to flip his hips to run with the receiver. Great at reading the QB out of zone coverage and breaks on receivers fast. Uses his elite level vertical to make plays on balls, often causing PBUs with the occasional interception. Willing tackler against the run.

Not the fastest corner in the world and will get burnt by those with good or better speed. Body gets out of control when jumping to contest the ball which turns potential interceptions to breakups. Doesn’t possess the strength to bring down stronger runners as a solo tackler. Great corner for zone concepts while remaining serviceable in the man, will be a cornerstone in the Oklahoma defense.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]