Quick Player Evaluations: Offensive Recruits
With a plethora of offensive talent across the DMV it is easy to miss out on covering every gifted recruit in the area. This area has and continues to produce talented offensive recruits from a variety of schools. Players that have the technical skills and physical gifts to be impact players at the college level. […]
With a plethora of offensive talent across the DMV it is easy to miss out on covering every gifted recruit in the area. This area has and continues to produce talented offensive recruits from a variety of schools. Players that have the technical skills and physical gifts to be impact players at the college level. This article will look to provide three condensed evaluations on a trio of talented high school offensive recruits in the DMV area. Pointing out their standout skills in their game and their impact on the field.
The first player to analyze is Wide Receiver Tyler Wilkins of Mt. Saint Joseph’s High School. Standing at around 6’3” 180 lbs. Wilkins has elite size at the position, giving him the advantage over much of his competition. After posting 36 receptions, 538 yards, and 7 touchdowns Wilkins is looking to further cultivate his skills to have a strong senior season. The skills the Class of 2021 receiver displays on the field include his great releases off the snap, ability to create separation on deep routes, the skill to make contested catches, and finding holes in zone coverage when running a route. Wilkins on film consistently gets good releases into his routes off the snap. He is very quick with his get off and picks up speed quickly when going into whatever pattern he is running. This skill helps him get his opponent on their heels giving him an advantage against his defender and ultimately generating separation easily. The routes he shows the ability to create constant separation on are deep routes. As he uses his speed to eat up space between him and his defender to either run by them instantly in press man coverage. Or close the gap when an opponent is in off man coverage and eventually get over the top of them. This type of deep threat ability makes him a consistent threat to score from anywhere on the field for Mt. Saint Joseph. Wilkins utilizes his size well to be effective in contested catch situations. Shielding his defender with his frame and high pointing the football to secure throws. Making him a good red zone option for his QB anytime they are in scoring range. The last skill that caught my attention was when he on a couple of plays Wilkins did a great job beating zone coverage. As he identified the defense was in zone and maneuvered himself accordingly to find a soft spot to become an option for his quarterback. This type of heady work as a receiver shows the technical skills Wilkins possesses as well. Tyler Wilkins shows many skills that make him a true talent at the receiver position. Though he may have no offers currently from colleges, with a breakout senior season that will change quickly.
The next player to mention is Class of 2022 Quarterback, Jayden Sauray. The Wise High School product stands at approximately 6’0” 200 lbs. and displays several key talents at the quarterback spot. These talents led to Sauray putting up impressive numbers last season as a sophomore. Posting 2,006 passing yards with 30 touchdowns, while adding another 400 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns. The skills that led to this terrific stat line include very good accuracy. He is very pinpoint with his ball placement, especially on throws down the field. This allows his receivers to always catch the ball in stride and be given a chance to create yards after the catch. He shows good arm strength, displaying a repeatable throwing motion where the ball comes out quick and with ease down the field. The young QB even shows the ability to go through reads and pick out the right option, showing his growing comprehension of coverages and route concepts. Sauray also displays athleticism that makes him a threat as a runner as well at QB. He uses his legs to extend plays, doing a great job keeping his eyes downfield remaining a passer outside the pocket. When he elects to take off and run whether by design or improvisation, he gains chunks of yards easily. Utilizing his speed and quickness in the open field to make defenders miss and keep drives alive for his offense. Combine all these tools together and you get a promising young QB prospect going into just his junior season. He shows skills that few QB’s his age have at this point in their development. Showcasing the maturity in Sauray’s overall game. With a strong junior and eventual senior year Sauray’s offer numbers should grow significantly. Having one current offer from the University of Maryland in his pocket is great, but there will be more interest in his services to come.
The final player evaluate is Good Counsel Running Back Sean Aaron. This Class of 2021 recruit is 5’10” 200 lbs. and could contribute to a very solid running for Good Counsel. The skills he brings to the table as a running back include being a very physical runner. As he is not shy taking on contact and never goes down at the hands of the first defender. Aaron runs with quick powerful strides and in some instances initiates collisions to set a physical tone when he is on the field. Aaron also shows a good skill in terms of being solid in the blocking game. As on film he showcases the ability to pick up blitzes helping in the protection of his quarterback. As an overall runner Aaron utilizes a one cut type of running style. Displaying decisiveness when hitting a hole and sticking his foot in the ground and bursting up field. Combine this with his sturdy frame and you have a running back who is physical, as well as, shifty and patient as a runner. Sean Aaron did not get many opportunities last season with Good Counsel, but with players moving on from the program chances arise. Aaron has the chance to be a very productive part of Good Counsel’s offense and help them succeed in the tough WCAC. With a breakout season he will help his squad while showing the skills that should earn him interest from college programs. As this running back has much to prove and the talent to do it this coming season.