WR/DB to Watch Class of 2021

The positions that provide some of the best one on one matchups on the football field are wide receivers and defensive backs. In the DMV area there is plenty of talent at these positions that will face-off the next football season. The Class of 2021 recruits specifically presents players that will make a major impact […]

The positions that provide some of the best one on one matchups on the football field are wide receivers and defensive backs. In the DMV area there is plenty of talent at these positions that will face-off the next football season. The Class of 2021 recruits specifically presents players that will make a major impact on the high school level. Players that utilize great physical tools, technical skills, or both to produce on the field. This piece will look to analyze the Class of 2021 recruits, both wide receivers and defensive backs in the Maryland and D.C. area. Highlighting the skillsets of these athletes on the perimeter that will further grow in notoriety locally and nationally.

Caleb Coombs Wide Receiver- St. John’s High School

With the graduation of 5-star receiver Rakim Jarrett opportunities for more targets are available within St. John’s offense. Coombs, a current 4-star recruit as rated by Rivals.com should see an elevation in his production this coming season. On film he displays strong, reliable hands when catching the football. Giving his quarterback a trusted target to go to in any situation. He shows skills to adjust to the ball while in the air, along with the ability to negotiate the boundaries when making sideline catches. Coombs can elude tacklers in space and create yards after the catch. He runs good routes and does a good job to find open seams in coverages to get open. At around 5’11” 185lbs. Coombs will continue to grow into his body and become a much more physical receiver. Coombs should become a big part of St. John’s passing attack next season. He will need to work on his blocking some, but his skills as a receiver are clearly there. Which his why he has 13 offers from colleges, with plenty more to come.

Leron Husbands Wide Receiver- Archbishop Carroll High School

Archbishop Carroll receiver Leron Husbands at approximately 6’3” 200lbs. is a big physical body on the outside. Currently rated by Rivals.com as a 3-star recruit and 13 offers from different college programs. Husbands had a solid year on a Carroll football team that showed signs of progress within the WCAC. On the field Husbands skillset includes good physicality when blocking on the perimeter. He is not a fast receiver but runs good routes and uses his body well to shield and post up defenders both outside and inside the numbers. He has deceptively quick feet making him effective in and out of cuts to create separation. Husbands also should become a more useful red-zone threat now that Carroll has some stability at QB. In breaking routes are his strong suit and best utilize his size and range. He catches well and effectively with his hands which is a key skill to have. Husbands has a chance to be on a few more radars locally and nationally if he continues his growth.

Jalen McMurray Cornerback- Gonzaga High School

McMurray a 2-star recruit as rated by 247sports.com is around 6’0” 170lbs. which is a good size at his age for a corner. He should mature more physically and grow into his body which will only make him more of a presence on the outside. On film McMurray shows to be a good tackler, both in coming up in the run game and tackling receivers. One of his biggest strengths is his ability to close on and jumps shorter routes. Reading the QB eyes effectively, and then breaking fast to beat the ball to the receiver. He has quality ball skills that should allow him as he grows at the position to create more turnovers this coming year. He is right now effective in both man and zone coverage but makes more plays when in zone coverage. His speed though on the outside make it so he can make up ground when he does get initially beat in coverage. McMurray has a bright future and with further reps should grow more at the position. With 3 current offers he has some interest, but a breakout season the coming year should help his cause.

Alex Russo Cornerback- Broadneck High School

Russo at 6’1” 160lbs. has good size with room to grow at the corner position. His junior season he put up 30.5 tackles, 5 pass break-ups, and 2 interceptions. Not eye-popping numbers but his play on the field shows a lot of his talent. He displays the want to tackle at the corner position, not afraid to throw his body into the play to bring down a ball carrier. He shows the skill to contribute on special teams, blocking a kick the past season and covering kicks. Russo does a great job looking back for the ball when covering down field. Allowing him to track the ball in the air and make plays for either pass break-ups or interceptions. This young man uses good technical skill to put himself in good positions on the field to always make the right play. Despite getting very little coverage Russo shows the ability to be a player at the next level if given the right look.

Petey Tucker Wide Receiver- Arundel High School

For this Arundel pass catcher, the chance to see his production rise the next season is plausible. With the departure of some key offensive players including Receiver Shaun Trent-Okoye and Quarterback Austin Slye he will need to step up. Tucker though has the talent and work ethic to become a leader on Arundel’s offense the coming season. Tucker has good quickness in and out of cuts when running routes. He has good hands and is elusive after the catch as well. He does need to sharpen his route running further but did make strides. He with another offseason should grown into his frame and become stronger to fight off press coverage better. Petey Tucker is a young player that with further reps will only establish himself more as a playmaker on the high school scene. He does not have many offers currently, but with a strong year he can grow his name among college programs.

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