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 analyze is Roman Hemby of John Carroll High School. Hemby at approximately 6’0” 183 lbs. plays running back, kick returner, and safety. The strengths in his game are the power and explosion he runs with. Along with the ball skills and physicality he brings to all the positions he contributes at. Starting with his abilities as a runner, his power and explosion he runs with makes him a big play machine on the ground. Hemby runs with the physicality and explosion many scouts and coaches want in a running back. This skill compliments his one cut running style very well. As he is decisive is his choosing of holes and then burst through them with power and speed to generate chunk yards. Hemby because of this skill as a runner is a threat to score from any area of the field at any moment. This also aids him as a returner as he can avoid or run through oncoming tacklers and help flip field position for his team. In terms of his ball skills and physicality these aid him at all the positions he contributes at for John Carroll. Hemby does a great job on both offense and defense adjusting to the ball when it is in the air. Whether it is adjusting to make a catch as a pass catcher as a running back or finding the ball and position himself to make a play on it as a defensive back. The physicality aspect comes into play as he tackles well at safety and delivers blows to receivers to dislodge the football. This also applies to him being a physical runner as a running back and returner making him difficult to tackle in the open field. Hemby as a player has the tools to continue to be an impact player for John Carroll this coming year. As the skillset he has is perfect for the positions he plays and will only further help him at the next level.

The other recruit to discuss is Dezmond Williams of St. Mary Ryken High School. This 6’3” 200 lbs. athlete plays the positions of defensive back, returner, and receiver. He displays many prevalent strengths on the field specifically his speed. As well as, his elusiveness with the ball in his hands and playmaking ability at both positions. To start with his speed this skill stands out on film often when he has the ball in his possession. He runs with great quickness and acceleration and can create big plays at any moment. He is an explosive weapon St. Mary Ryken always was looking to get the ball to in a bevy of situations last season. This will only continue this coming as he should see more touches this coming season. This skill then ties into the elusiveness and playmaking ability that all make him up as a football player. He is very difficult to tackle in the open field using an array of moves to avoid defenders. He not only utilizes his speed to run past defenders but is great at stop and go moves to elude defenders along the sidelines. He even is very effective in his hesitation moves to freeze defenders and then shoot past them with his speed. All these moves not only make him great after the catch as a receiver, but tremendous in the return game. Williams play making is also key as he attacks the ball aggressively as a receiver and defensive back. Making contested catches as a receiver and getting his hands on the ball often as a defensive back. This is always key at both positions to be a constant playmaker and generate game changing plays for his team. All these skills make up this highly talented player that coupled with his physical size and stature make him a prospect worth following. A player that as he continues to develop will only become an even larger impact player and make a name for himself at the next level.

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