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Scouting Miles McVay

Scouting Miles McVay

[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]

Miles McVay – East St. Louis, IL

Committed to Alabama

Scouting Report: National level guy that’s been on most schools’ radars since he was a freshman. Elite size for a tackle, measured at 6’6 with an 84"+ wingspan at multiple camps. Strong initial punch, good hand placement, and leverage on initial contact. Moves and bends well given his size. Strong player that generates drive in all run concepts. Patient in pass protection and knows when to strike against the swim and spin.

Not showing the mental processing to pass off defenders and take on incoming rushers. Would like to see some better balance, guys with good footwork can trip him up and get around him in pass protection. Very good pickup for Alabama, can see this guy developing into a multiple-year starter on the right or left side. Not going to be worried about this guy on the field.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

Rickie Collins – Woodlawn, LA

Committed to LSU

Scouting Report: Flip from Purdue with Elite 11 pedigree. Good size with good athletic ability to be a threat as a runner. Quick feet with a quick drop out of the snap. Shows poise in the pocket and does not panic. Very good mental processing, quickly reads the defense and goes through his reads to find the best throw. Quick release, good arm and shoulder placement in the middle of the throw, and very good throw power. Can place the ball well in short to mid-level throws.

Lacks the deep throw accuracy and ability to throw cross-shoulder due to his poor form through the finish of his throw. Not seeing the leadership traits on film but not seeing anything to show a lack of leadership either. Needs to develop a bit but the basis of his play is very strong, has a few kinks to work out, and then he should be a top QB in the SEC. Football IQ and footwork will take him a long way.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

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Jaden Robinson – Columbia, FL

Committed to Florida

Scouting Report: Former South Carolina commit that flipped to Florida after being aggressively recruited by the staff. Played both LB and Safety in HS, should play LB in college. Solid frame and length with good speed and explosiveness. Shows good ability to read the play pre-snap and put himself in position to make a play. Aggressive tackler while maintaining good form to wrap up and stop the runner in his tracks. Can be trusted to make a tackle in the open field, does not get trucked through and has the short area quickness needed to keep up with shiftier ballcarriers. Good hands to intercept when the ball is thrown at him.

Not sticky in coverage and can leave windows for more accurate QBs to hit. Slow to make breaks out of the zone and can give receivers a couple yards before pursuing. Very good pickup that needs to work on his play against the pass and will turn into a solid contributor for Florida.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

Cedric Baxter Jr. – Edgewater, FL

Committed to Texas

Scouting Report: Former Florida State commit that committed early before his recruitment really picked up. Very good frame, good speed, and very good explosiveness. Great vision out of the backfield to find the hole, patient until the right hole opens, then shows very good burst to hit the hole hard. Can get skinny when needed and has good play strength to not get slowed by players who get a hand on him. Shows very good short area quickness, can get around most corners with his footwork. Great balance to stay up even when someone makes contact while he is changing directions. Has that second gear to turn any play into a big one. Soft hands when catching the ball and utilizes his athleticism to generate more yards.

Need to see some more patience on his routes, more willingness to block, and better blocking form. Very polished player who will likely get in the rotation as a freshman, not much to work on, and will be a big threat with a college training program taking his athleticism to the next level.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator][vc_column_text]

Carmelo Taylor – Patrick Henry, VA

Committed to PSU

Scouting Report: WR who saw his recruitment gain traction from multiple P5 schools after running a 10.56 100m in May. Solid frame, very good speed, and solid explosiveness. Tracks the ball well and can quickly adjust after breaking and turning his head. Good catch radius, can catch balls thrown at or in front of him. Quickly tucks and breaks upfield after the catch. Speed gives him the potential for big plays. Has the footwork and explosiveness to make people miss at the second level.

Needs to work on breaking down at the top of his route and running sharper routes. Hands are not as soft as you’d like to see for a P5 player, had some bad drops. Lacks the play strength to truck through most defenders and needs space in the open field to create big plays. Plays a bit slower with pads on compared to how he tests. Solid pickup that will need some serious development, see him more as a #2 option that provides value as a deep threat. Lots of small things to work on before he becomes a well-rounded receiver.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]