Quick Evaluations: Class of 2021 Defensive Recruits

With so many talented Class of 2021 recruits going into their senior seasons. It is only right to give observers a quick overview of the talents and skill sets of all these recruits. Recruits that have great physical tools, technical skills, or combine both. This article will look to give a short overview of the […]

With so many talented Class of 2021 recruits going into their senior seasons. It is only right to give observers a quick overview of the talents and skill sets of all these recruits. Recruits that have great physical tools, technical skills, or combine both. This article will look to give a short overview of the skillsets of 3 players in the Class of 2021. Highlighting the strong points in their games, along with what they can continue to develop.

The first player to describe is St. Frances Academy Defensive End/Outside Linebacker recruit Terrance Butler. In terms of what skills, he displays on the field they are a great mixture of physical ability and technical execution. At around 6’5” 225 lbs. Butler showcases great length and reach at his position. Allowing him to be the first to engage his opponent and set up his plan of attack to generate penetration. He also shows good speed and pursuit when chasing downplays. Never quitting on his pursuit to the ball even when the play is flowing away from him. Now with these great physical tools Butler can benefit from further development in terms of growing into his frame. As if he gets stronger over the course of this offseason, he will become a more physical force up front for St. Frances. Butler could also benefit by utilizing his hands more as a rusher and run stopper. Giving him more options to elude opposing blockers and not be stacked up in the wash of body too much. This adding to his technical skillset will make him more unpredictable and harder to block. While increasing his opportunities to get in the backfield and make plays. Terrance Butler going into his senior season shows signs of promise at his position that make him interesting. Plus, with a little more refinement to his game he will become a more known commodity on the national landscape.

The second player to analyze is Gonzaga High School Defensive Back Grant Parker. This approximately 6’0” 190 lbs. DB has the build necessary to be an impact player at his position. The parts of his skillset that he displays consistently on the field include his ability as an off-coverage corner. On film Parker showcases a comfort when playing off-coverage in Gonzaga’s defense. As he is his most aggressive, and decisive when playing this type of mane coverage. It allows him to show off his quickness when driving on the football when a pass is thrown to his assignment. While also showcasing the speed and physicality he plays with, when coming up to hit an opponent or read and react on a screen pass. In tight man coverage sometimes, he can get indecisive or nervous hips which cause him to get turned around and loose track of the ball. Although this issue has decreased significantly from his sophomore to junior season. He also shows some ball skills when attempting to batt a pass or intercept it. Though he could still improve on his ability to track and anticipate when and where the ball is going. This will allow him to gamble more and make more impact plays, especially when it comes to producing turnovers. Plus, the fact Parker shows the ability and want to play special teams will only provide him more opportunities at the next level to contribute more instantly. Parker with further growth in his game as an overall corner should rise his stock significantly in the DMV area and Nationally.

The final player to highlight is Linebacker/Tight End recruit Eric Ford. The Landon School product stands at around 6’3” 220 lbs. and has the size and build to contribute and excel at both positions. The versatility he shows to be able to play on both sides of the ball only makes him a more intriguing commodity for scouts to account for. As far as, what skills of his translate to the field one of them is his athleticism. Ford has good size and length at his body type allowing him to be rangy as a playmaker on the defensive side of the ball. While also providing his QB with a sizeable target with a large catch radius. As a linebacker he shows great quickness and speed to shoot gaps and make plays in the backfield often. His reach and range allow him to flow sideline to sideline and make plays on ball carriers running to and away from him. Ford displays good anticipation, as well as, he is decisive and patient when reading a play and ends up around the ball consistently. He also showcases good ball skills at both positions as he displays the ability to adjust to the ball in the air to position himself to make a catch as a tight end. While also making him a constant threat on defense to force a turnover when the ball is in his vicinity. The final skill that is very apparent on film is Ford’s overall versatility. Because he has such great athleticism and adapts to new situations well, he contributes from a multitude of positions on field. As on defense he played out wide in coverage, back deep at a safety position, and played both interior and outside linebacker. This type of versatility makes him an intriguing prospect, and this will provide him more opportunities to contribute on the field at the next level. Ford does need to work on his route running more to create more separation as a tight end. While also being more physical in coverage because of his size and strength advantage at his position. Eric Ford is a player worth following because of the talents he displays on the field each rep. With a strong senior season, he will cement himself as an enticing prospect for college.

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