Commit Fit: Wide receivers
Sometimes it’s not always the highest-rated prospects that fit the best with the school of their choice. In this series we call Commit Fit, Rivals.com National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell picks five players at each position he thinks fit seamlessly into the schemes at the schools they’ve chosen. Today we look at the wide receivers.
I love this fit as the last two big wide receivers with this much talent had amazing success at Clemson – Sammy Watkins and Mike Williams – and that doesn’t even include the other wide receivers that have flourished in this offensive system. Higgins isn’t as thick as Williams or quite as sudden as Watkins, but he has a nice combination of their skills and is longer. He will be a great fit with whatever blue chip quarterback wins the job.
A big receiver who can stretch the field but is also physical enough and strong enough to move the chains and do the dirty work over the middle? To me that’s a fit for Michigan’s offense, which relies on a combination of power running and some play action. Jim Harbaugh will love Peoples-Jones gritty nature and his fluid athleticism.
Matthews is smaller than Rashad Greene, but I could see him having a similar career. While he will be moved around the offense, he will probably do most of his work from the slot and he’s impossible to match up with when trying to check him with a safety or linebacker. He’s explosive, a great route runner and does everything effortlessly. Guys like that get fed at FSU.
We’ve all heard the comparisons to Amari Cooper and Calvin Ridley because Jeudy spurned in-state offers to head to Alabama like his predecessors who have had so much success. But Jeudy is different than Cooper and Ridley as he’s not as filled out as either at the same stage, but is more polished as a route runner. When Jeudy is challenged, he rises to the occasion. He will be challenged at Alabama and could be a star.
Speed at the receiver position is needed at Nebraska and I can’t remember a more explosive player committing to the Huskers at slot receiver than Lindsey. He can also be used outside, on jet sweeps and reverses and will make bubble screens an exciting call in Lincoln. With more pro-style, accurate quarterbacks coming into the program, a receiver like Lindsey is an amazing fit.