As some of you may know, I fancy myself a bit of an evaluator at times, and I like to focus particularly on 2012 commits.
I present to you, Ricquan Southward:
Rivals: 3* 60th WR
Scout: 3* 119th WR
ESPN: 4* 41st WR
247: 3* (87) 68th WR
That's an average of 3 stars, and a position rank of 72.
Now watch the video again. He's listed as running a 4.45, with a 6'2'' frame capable of putting on some bulk to be a stronger reciever.
He played on a 13-1 team his senior year, in always competitive Florida, including three playoff wins against other top class Florida schools.
Analysis: He looks like he outmatches opponents in a strong state, is clearly fast, shown both by his tape and 40 time, has decent lateral movement, sees the field well, and has a nose for the endzone.
The one thing I noticed from the tape is the fact that the QB at Lakeland is terrible. Every pass is a jump-ball, from with Southward comes up victorious often. He has great ability to hang in the air and catch balls at a higher plane, but because of this, the tape is slightly one dimensional. The tape doesn't display much route running, or complex passing plays that many recruits have to truly showcase their talents, due to the terrible QB play. He also returns kicks and punts with great success, and shows prowess coming out of the backfield.
So why does a big, fast kid, get rated so low? He had offers from schools in Mississippi and was once committed to U of Miami, but the offer list basically stops there. Is he a victim of underexposure, or perhaps he wasn't given a chance to showcase his total package of skills without an advanced quarterback throwing to him?
The point is, ESPN actually ranks him relatively high, and I think this kid could be a sleeper this fall. He actually reminds me of another Michael Thomas type, with maybe a bit more speed and shiftiness. I'm excited to see what he can do on the field in the coming years, and I'm interested to hear what others feel about his tape, and recruitment.