Welcome to another edition of the Recruiting Recap 7/23! I don’t know if you guys have noticed, but sports definitely seems to be in the air. Major League Baseball is back today, MLS has been going strong for a week and even the NBA is now playing scrimmages. There definitely seems to be momentum at the professional level, and that will absolutely trickle down to all levels if they are successful. Also hearing that their could be an additional 100 billion in the upcoming stimulus bill to help schools get back to some semblance of normal – this would provide new face masks each day and more testing to be done at the schools. We’ll just have to wait and see with all of that.
But you aren’t here to hear me ramble! You are here to see who was offered yesterday, if there were any commitments and who is today’s sleeper. Well, no worries. We got you covered.
Just another reminder to colleges that our ‘2021 Summer Update’ is ready to go – for more details email firstname.lastname@example.org – David
2021 Stephens Co.
Scoop: Carter is a long freakish athlete that we have seen multiple times live at receiver. Standing about 6’2″-6’3″, Carter had offers from Fordham, Holy Cross, Mercer, Liberty, Army, SIU, Navy, USF, SEMO, Miami-OH and Gardner Webb. He is a legit vertical threat at the next level, and personally think he has some of the highest upside of any receiver here in the state. Great pick-up for Liberty, they have landed 3 GA commits in the month of July and have some legit momentum here in the Peach State.
Scoop: Castro is a physical edge defender who plays a lot of different spots at Buford, but figures to be a solid SS for Army. He’s a smart player, reads the play quickly and is in the backfield. Big-time hitter, Castro imposes his will on the field. We think he is set for a nice jump in production his senior year here. Nice pick-up by Army.
Scoop: Washington was a name you heard about going back to 8th grade where Rusty Mansell was tweeting about his elite weight lifting prowess. The big-time OLB/DE prospect is 225 lbs. of pure muscle now, and is an athletic freak out there on the field. Washington has the potential to be one the top pass-rushers in this class. He chose the Bulldogs over LSU and Tennessee. Washington’s commitment is huge for UGA in the class of 2022, and it will be interesting to see what sort of havoc he creates here in 2020.
2021 Calvary Day
2021 Turner Co.
2021 Blessed Trinity
Mount St. Joseph
Rutgers & Tennessee
2023 Trinity Christian
2021 Wilcox Co.
Sleeper of the Day
With Coach Malone now at Chatt, they will certainly be chucking the football around. There is a new era of offense now on campus, and year two with Jaylen Smith should be another nice step forward. He did a good job his first year playing QB throwing for 2k yards – especially since he was not suspected to be the starter just 6 months before the season started. Smith is a southpaw who can throw the ball on the run. He has decent footwork in the pocket, but definitely a work in progress. Smith has 100% increased his arm strength this offseason. That’s a fact, so we expect him to make tougher intermediate throws this fall, which he shows good timing for in 2019. Smith is a pretty good runner with the football, showing solid speed, and a really elusive step to his game. Keeps his cool in the pocket, doesn’t over scramble too and tries to stay in the middle of the field. Smith needs to work on lateral quickness, he might be naturally good at making defenders miss, but definitely needs to work on flexibility in the hips. I think the one thing that really impresses me with Smith is his patience, and how under control he seems for an athlete new to the position. He doesn’t always make the perfect reads, but you have to like the playmaking he shows on a consistent basis. I really like his potential to play option QB in a spread system. His creativity and on the fly decision-making is perfect for it. Smith’s lone offer at the moment comes from Savannah State, but we feel confident that will change here in fall 2020.