Class of 2021 Analysis: Recruits Strengths
It is always key to acknowledge the strengths of a recruit to best understand what situations they perform the best in. As well as, identify the areas that in the end that need further development to help them become a more complete player. The Class of 2021 recruits each have their own strengths that shine […]
It is always key to acknowledge the strengths of a recruit to best understand what situations they perform the best in. As well as, identify the areas that in the end that need further development to help them become a more complete player. The Class of 2021 recruits each have their own strengths that shine during their play on the field. This piece will look to identify and highlight the strengths of 2 Class of 2021 recruits. Making sure to depict the reasoning behind how these strengths aid their play and production on the field.
The first player to discuss is Wide Receiver Miles Cross who currently plays for Good Counsel High School of the WCAC. At 5’11” 184 lbs. Cross’s strengths he displays can be narrowed down to two parts of his skillset which are his route running and his ability as a returner. In terms of his route running this is what stands out most on film in his play at receiver. Cross’s route running is helped by the fact he is very sharps in his breaks in and out of his routes. He uses his quick feet, great balance, and use of head fakes and jab steps to set up his defenders to create separation. This set of technical skills helps him be a major deep threat in Good Counsel’s offense. As his ability to utilize the double move and create major separation through different sets of moves gains him an advantage to get over the top. Plus, the way he breaks into and out of his routes helps him create a larger window for his quarterback to fire a pass into. Miles Cross and his ability as a returner increases his value as a player to his football team. As the 2nd Team All WCAC Receiver displays great big play ability as a returner for Good Counsel. This special team’s contribution not only showcases his versatility, but how much his team values the ball in his hands as well. He had several big returns to flip field position last season for Good Counsel. This ability to help his team in multiple ways makes him a true asset as a player. While this will also make him more enticing as an overall prospect. Miles Cross’s strengths as a player make him more effective as a playmaker, while putting his team at an advantage with his impact plays.
The next player to describe is Wide Receiver William Johnson of St. Mary Ryken High School. The 6’2” 195 lbs. pass catcher has great size at the position which combined with other strengths in his game make him an intriguing talent. Johnson noticeable strengths are his versatility as a player and the great power and burst he runs with. Johnson’s versatility as a player really showcases his talents and makes him an interesting prospect to scout. As Johnson not only played at receiver last season for St. Mary Ryken, but contributed as a defensive back and on special teams. Johnson as a receiver is a reliable pass catcher that can make plays after the catch. He is good at going up in contested catch situations and coming down with receptions in a lot of instances. His route running is solid, and he is especially effective on screen passes where his threat after the catch shines the most. In terms of his contribution on defense he played at times in Ryken’s secondary more as a safety than a corner. Playing out in space and utilizing his range and length to track and make plays on the ball in the middle of the field. Then finally he contributes on special teams as part of a couple of trick plays on fake punts, while also contributing in the return game on coverage teams. This skillset to contribute at a multitude of positions is an invaluable ability to have and will make him more attractive to recruiters. The other major strength of Johnson’s game is the burst and power as a runner with the ball in his hands. Johnson’s runs with great power making him very difficult to tackle and allows for yards after contact. Johnson’s also shows off great burst as he can catch the ball and turn up field immediate with great speed and decisiveness. He explodes up field with great force and can turn a short pass into a long gain just due to the sheer explosive running style he has. Johnson’s strengths as a player make him a true commodity with the ball in his hands. Showing he can contribute as an offensive player, as well as, in other situations to help his team in a plethora of ways.