Anne Arundel Region/WCAC Quality Prospects
This past 2019 season saw a bevy of talented prospects put up strong performances across the Anne Arundel Region and WCAC this season. Accumulating impressive individual stats while being a key part of aiding the winning causes of their respective teams. These players have shown to be great contributors and players worthy of an opportunity […]
This past 2019 season saw a bevy of talented prospects put up strong performances across the Anne Arundel Region and WCAC this season. Accumulating impressive individual stats while being a key part of aiding the winning causes of their respective teams. These players have shown to be great contributors and players worthy of an opportunity at the next level. Some of these prospects have already received offers from schools. While some still await schools and programs to show interest in their play in services. This piece will look to highlight 3 prospects from these two leagues and analyze them. Describing their physical and technical skills on the field, while identifying what they bring to the college ranks with these abilities.
The first player to analyze is Arundel High School Senior Corner Kahron Neal. Neal at around 6’1” 165 lbs. is a long and rangy corner that plays on the outside. He plays very physical at the position in man coverage which is a great attribute to have. This allows him to not only throw off the timing of receiver routes but better position himself to make plays on the football. He is a willing tackler in run defense and shows good effort and pursuit when chasing down ball carriers in the field of play. Neal’s athletic gifts of speed and quickness allow him to have the potential to be a strong lockdown corner. With his speed it allows him to close quickly on routes when playing off coverage. While making it tough for receivers to beat him purely with speed off the snap, along with quickness when trying to shake him out of their breaks. This speed comes into full focus with him also participating in track as well. Neal throughout his career also showed constant growth as a playmaker. Creating negative plays or forcing turnovers in key moments. Whether it was forcing an early fumble during a big run by South River running back Delvin Johnson Jr. Or breaking up key passes late in games to secure wins. This play making ability is always a key skill any program wants in their defensive backs, which makes him a commodity. With his requisite physical tools, coupled with his strong work ethic and technical skill Neal is a player who still has no current offers from colleges yet. This is surprising that a player like this has not drawn interest. Though as his film continues to circulate and name gets talked about it will become impossible to ignore this talented Corner prospect.
The next player to discuss comes from the WCAC and plays for Gonzaga High School. Olu Fashanu is a 2020 recruit that has great size and tools at the offensive tackle position. At approximately 6’5” 320 lbs. Fashanu is a considered a 3 star-recruit by 24/7sport.com and is a current hard commit to Penn State, while having 16 other offers. Fashanu on film displays a skillset that can be built up into a quality starting lineman with some hard work and patience. He plays with great physicality and shows off some nastiness when finishing his blocks through the whistle. He displays good leverage when coming out of his stance to block, giving him a stable base to stand his ground and hard to drive backward. He on film is rarely overwhelmed by a power rush and has good enough feet to manage against speed rushers off the edge. He shows some ability to get out in space and block, but this is not a major strength of his game. Fashanu’s hand placement is quality keeping him from accumulating holding penalties, while allowing him to drive back defenders with his strength. He was a pillar for Gonzaga’s o-line and did a great job this year protecting his quarterback. Fashanu has displayed the tools and ability to be a good offensive tackle at the next level. With him committed currently to Penn State he looks to be on his way to a great program that will only help him advance his football career to heights many may not get a chance to get.
The last player worth bringing up in terms of top performers in these respective leagues is Wide Receiver Demari Turner of Annapolis High School. Turner at about 6’1” 164 lbs. is a long and big target on the outside that was the big playmaker for Annapolis High School during his time in the program. Turner’s skillset makes him a physical presence on the outside for a multitude of reasons. Turner has a great ability to use his vertical skill to make contested catches on jump balls in the red zone and 50/50 balls in all parts of the field. He has strong hands allowing him to be a reliable target for his quarterbacks, earning their trust. Turner led Annapolis in double digit yard receptions and was a go to deep ball threat this season and his entire time with the program. Turner runs solid routes and will only grow as a more polished route runner with more reps. Turner also show an ability to perform at safety during his tenure with Annapolis also. Turner shows good quickness and anticipation when read and attacking areas where the football is headed. He tackles well and uses his length and range to make plays on the football. Turner has some good instincts at the position and his physical tools allow him to be a playmaker. Whether Turner chooses to play at safety or receiver he has the body type and skillset to handle either position as he matures physically. The fact this young man also has drawn very little interest from college programs is disappointing. With this type of body type and skillset at these positions they scream a potential playmaker down the field at either spot it is just up to a program to give him a shot.
Overall these are just 3 of many players who have performed well in their respective region. They have shown the talent that can translate to the next level and produce a productive player. They just need a chance and commitment from a college program as many young men do to showcase the skills and abilities that make them special on the football field.