- Tom Luginbill, ESPN Staff Writer
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Scouts, Inc. will offer expert football insight and extensive evaluations on the 2006 recruiting class. This is coverage that you will not find with any other recruiting source. While we are compiling film and information on the top recruits of the 2006 class, take a look at how we graded these three 2005 recruits and get an idea of how we are approaching our coverage of the best prospects in the country.
Scouts, Inc. Grading System
8.0-9.0: Rare Prospect
Player demonstrates rare abilities and can create mismatches that have an obvious impact on the game. Is a player that has all the skills to take over a game and could be an impact player as a true freshman.
7.0-7.9: Outstanding Prospect
Player has the ability to create mismatches against most opponents. He is a player that could be a contributor as a true freshman.
6.0-6.9: Good Prospect
Player does not dominate in every game, especially when matched up against the top players in the country. Could become a good starter at the Division I level.
5.0-5.9: Solid Prospect
This player is overmatched against the better players in the nation. His weaknesses will be exposed against top competition. Has the ability to develop into a solid contributor at the Division I level.
Player has some redeeming qualities, but is not projected to contribute at the Division I level.
Sample Evaluations of 2005 Recruits
Patrick Turner WR USC
This guy is one of the very few elite players in the 2005 class that could see significant playing time as a freshman for the Trojans, and he is very similar to last year's freshman sensation receiver Dwayne Jarrett. There is no question about Turner's physical skills.
He is a big receiver, he has elite physical talents, he is outstanding after the catch, he has above average strength and the ability to push off and get separation. He has good straight-line speed and he does a great job when concentrating on fade and vertical routes. He can be amazingly effective in the red zone, he can catch the ball away from his body, he has elusiveness and good open field run skills for a big receiver, he is a guy that is not afraid to go over the middle, doesn't mind mixing it up with DB's and he avoids press coverage by simply pushing off and getting physical with the DB. However, he has a ways to go as a route runner and needs to become more polished on the little things. Could be sharper in and out of his breaks and needs to learn how to set up defenders. At this stage he relies too much on his physical talents because he can get away with it at this level, but he will need to add bulk and learn to work against press in order to be dominant at the next level. At times, he will really surprise you with his ability to block downfield and he likes to mix it up. He is very competitive. There are no real physical weaknesses in his game that can't be corrected, although you would like for him to become more of a disciplined route runner. It will be interesting to see how he adjusts to the elite program in college football, but if he makes the leap, look out. He should develop into a go-to receiver in a short amount of time and is capable of making an immediate impact on a Trojan roster that is already loaded.
DeMarcus Granger DT Oklahoma
Granger possesses rare size and quickness for his age and was dominant against everyone he faced. He is a massive, wide-body defensive tackle who will command double-team attention against the run. He's athletic enough to play in a one-gap or two-gap technique. Has excellent initial quickness for his size. When fresh and playing with leverage, is almost impossible to deal with in the running game because he can fight off double teams, penetrate and make a play in the backfield. Will find the ball and does a nice job of pursuing. Runs well for his size and is a powerful, solid tackler who makes plays when turned loose against the run. When fresh, can be extremely productive rushing the passer. Has exceptional quickness and mobility for his size. Impresses with his ability to change directions and play with body control. Has adequate instincts at this stage and is a playmaker. Shows good closing burst to the quarterback. Has some moves as a pass rusher. Can be relentless when he is fresh and playing hard, but can wear down. He can be nearly impossible to block one-on-one because of his combination of quickness, power and bulk. Makes plays in pursuit when he is rested. Can sniff out the screen. Does a good job of getting off of blocks, finding the ball carrier and pursuing with solid angles. Has impressive mobility for his size. He slows down noticeably, however, if he doesn't get enough rest. Needs to improve his overall instincts when deciphering whether it's run or pass. When he gets stuck at the line of scrimmage, he needs to do a better job getting his hands up and batting down balls. Overall, Granger has a chance to be a dominant two-gap run plugger that can also contribute as a pocket collapsing pass rusher so long as he's not overworked and is in adequate shape.
Fred Rouse WR Florida State
Rouse is a physical specimen at this stage and has a ton of upside. He reminds you of a great athlete playing a sandlot game, where all he is trying to do is get open. He is on the same level with Patrick Turner, USC's prized receiver recruit. He obviously has got great size; he has sneaky deep speed because he hits his top gear in such a hurry, he can run right by defensive backs before they realize that he is on top of them. He does a great job of tracking the deep ball, he will catch it in full stride, and he is an outstanding leaper that has tremendous body control when he is in the air. He has good hands; he can snatch the ball away from his body. He does an excellent job of not going up for the ball until the last second and as a result, a lot of times a defensive back will think that they have him covered and he will catch the ball in traffic simply because he does not give it away and the DB does not have time to react to the ball. He has excellent running skills after the catch, but he is kind of a long strider, glider type runner. He has the ability to get open against zones, he'll find the soft spot in defenses. He will run all types of routes, and he is a mismatch for most defensive backs. He is especially effective in the red zone where he can simply go up and out jump DBs and when the ball is in the air, he can be very competitive. He can be a very effective blocker when he wants to, and he has shown glimpses of brilliance in this area at times, but it is a little bit inconsistent. As gifted as he is, he is not very polished and is undisciplined. His routes can be sloppy at times and he will have to become crisper at the next level. Overall, Rouse has all the tools to be a premier receiver at the Division I level and possibly as a freshman. This was a big coup for the Seminoles.
Tom Luginbill is the National Director of Recruiting for Scouts, Inc.
Scouts, Inc. sample grades for the 2005 recruiting class.