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Chris Parson – Ravenwood, TN
Committed to Mississippi State
Scouting Report: Elite 11 QB who recently decommitted from FSU in July. Solid frame with good athleticism. Good footwork off the snap and begins reading before he’s finished moving. Very good poise in the pocket, does not panic and can read the field while dealing with a pocket that’s breaking down. Very good release angle with a good release speed and form. Good arm strength, doesn’t need to wind up his throw until you hit the 40+ yard mark. Good short area accuracy and can place the ball just out of reach of defenders. Has the speed and twitchiness to get significant yardage if forced to scramble and can be a solid threat in the run option.
Holds the ball too long, needs to throw it away more, seems too concerned with making huge plays when it’s not there. Accuracy wanes in the intermediate and deep throws, can get it to the receiver but not in a precise manner which leads to some incompletions. Complex packages trip him up, may take him some time to get used to the MOD-style defenses prevalent in the SEC. Want to see some more courage in his decisions, can tell he’s second-guessing himself with his body language before throwing. Overall a good pickup, mechanics are really refined for a high school QB, and if Leach’s staff can help him get a better grasp on the X’s and O’s, his ceiling will only continue to climb.
Kelby Collins – Gardendale, AL
Committed to Florida
Scouting Report: National level player whose recruitment saw him visiting plenty of SEC campuses. Elite size with good length, very good strength, good explosiveness, and solid speed. Quick off the LOS, many snaps where he’s off the snap just as fast as the center. Strong initial punch with very good functional strength allows him to shed the block against most competition. Tracks the ball off the snap well and takes a good angle to the ballcarrier. Good ability to set the edge when asked and has good timing on his shed attempts to close on the ballcarrier. Shows good fundamentals when tackling, can go for hard hits and strip attempts without risking the ballcarrier breaking free. Strength allows him to disrupt the pocket by generating drive even if the lineman can hold their blocks. Refined pass rush kit and has plenty of tools at his disposal to get to the QB.
Often plays upright and is prone to relying too much on his strength at the next level.Not seeing much bend on the edge and athletic tackles will be able to hold him off on the edge for enough time. Speed isn’t a glaring issue but he’s not going to run down quicker runners. Very good pickup for Florida, needs to work on a few little things but SEC-level coaching and a college strength program should get him ready to enter the rotation quickly.
Kylin Jackson – Zachary, LA
Committed to LSU
Scouting Report: Good frame with very good length, explosiveness and short area quickness, solid strength, and solid vertical. Can see him making pre-snap reads and adjusting himself as needed. Takes very good angles and puts himself in a position to take down the ballcarrier quickly. Good mental processing, quickly reads the QB’s body language and eyes to make a break on receivers out of Zone coverage. Strong at the top of receiver’s routes and will slow them down with his physicality. Solid ball skills and breaks up passes even when he’s not sticky in the coverage. Can tell this guy really loves the game and will do whatever it takes to win.
Quicker than he is fast, won’t win a foot race versus most guys in the SEC and can’t be left alone in Man coverage. Too concerned with going for the big hit, needs to wrap up more and secure the tackle in the open field. Good pickup for LSU, his love of the game will likely motivate him to work on what little he needs to fix. Like him as an in-the-box safety who can help a lot more against the run and in the flat/curl zones than as single-high or two-high guy.
Will Norman – IMG Academy, FL
Committed to Florida
Scouting Report: Earned offers across the nation after playing in PA and CT before landing at IMG. Good frame overall with solid strength and explosiveness. Quick off the line of scrimmage with a quick initial punch. Plays with leverage and keeps himself low. Stalemates at the line of scrimmage and can quickly shed to wrap on the ballcarrier and bring him down. Sets the edge well and knows when to close. Good balance and will continue his pursuit even if he takes a punch. Gets his hands up if he can’t close on the QB in time.
Would like to see him develop his athleticism to keep up with the players in the SEC. Needs to develop a pass-rush kit to be more valuable in the passing game. Solid pickup by Florida, not a flashy player but will be solid on nearly every down. Like him more as a 5-tech than a 7-tech.
Jacobe Johnson – Mustang, OK
Committed to Oklahoma
Scouting Report: Two-way starter at receiver and corner that is likely to be a CB at the next level. Good frame with elite short area quickness, very good speed and explosiveness, a good vertical, and solid strength. Solid play strength off the snap to press or shed blocks against the run. Very good backpedal, maintains a long stride while remaining quick and doesn’t have to turn quickly. Mirrors well and flips his hips at the right time to remain in stride with the receiver. SAQ prevents receivers from getting much separation on routes with sharp cuts. Very good ball skills, tracks the ball well and can consistently intercept if he’s anywhere near the ball. Lots of experience in Man coverage and won’t have many growing pains at the second level.
Would like to see some better balance, can get knocked down after he sheds or is pursuing a ballcarrier. Not the fastest eyes, needs to work on reading the QB in Zone and breaking to receivers quicker.
Very good pickup for Oklahoma, hard to find athletes like this guy and he’s got the pedigree in a Man base defense to boot.
Kamran James – Olympia, FL
Committed to Florida
Scouting Report: Elite frame with good strength; solid athlete otherwise. Length and strength allows him to easily leverage himself against nearly any blocker and create drive otherwise. Tracks the ball well and takes good angles to the ballcarrier. Strength and size let him hit guys hard and bring them down even if he can’t get a full wrap on them. Has a good bull rush against the pass to disrupt the pocket and bring down the QB. Gets his hands in the face of the QB if he can’t close in time.
Doesn’t have the speed to chase guys down or the footwork to get around tackles without contact. Lacks the bend you want at DE and plays high. Raw prospect with a bit of work to do, but his physical attributes give him a sky-high ceiling. SEC level facilities will do him well.
Rickey Gibson – Hewitt-Trussville, AL
Committed to Tennessee
Scouting Report: Good frame with very good explosiveness and vertical, good speed, and solid strength. Good backpedal with an open stride and knows when to turn his hips and run. Good awareness of when to pass off in Zone coverage and move to a new receiver. Reads the QB and makes quick breaks out of coverage to the ballcarrier. Sticky in Man coverage and can quickly recover when the receiver creates separation on hard cuts. Very good ball skills, can quickly cut and put himself in position to make a play on the ball. Wraps up on open-field tackles and can be trusted as the last line of defense. Has the athleticism to challenge twitchy runners in the open field and can bring them down. School runs the Cover 7 concepts used in SEC-level defenses and gives him a good base to learn from.
Would like to see more aggression when pressing and as a tackler. Doesn’t show the technique needed to shed blocks and will constantly be running down ballcarriers. Rarely celebrates big plays and seems indifferent to the results of his games overall. Solid pickup that mostly has to work on making his already good basis even stronger.