In "The Breakdown," veteran talent scout Randy Rodgers is analyzing film of a select group of the nation's top prospects for Rivals.com. Rodgers has more than 35 years of experience in the college recruiting arena. He was the recruiting coordinator at the University of Illinois (1988-91) and the University of Texas (1992-97) and is one of the leading authorities on high school football talent analysis in the country. In this edition, Rodgers takes a look at defensive linemen.
Randy Rodgers' Cornerback Comparison:
A.J. Wallace is the best in my opinion because he is good enough to play on both sides of the ball. I think
that Walls is the best pure corner; Chykie Brown is the best technician, but not as fast as either of the
above. Hill and Jenije are pure cover corners, because they must acquire more size to play in run support or
in press coverage. I don't see either of the latter two being cover-two corners.
Randy Rodgers' Safety Comparison:
I liked Jones the best -- he's not as big as others, but he plays bigger. I thought Johnson and Leon were the
best run support guys, and depending on growth potential might wind up as OLBs. I think Thomas is very
similar to the last two, but I think he is better in space and will definitely stay at safety. The player
that really intrigues me is McDaniel, because he has return skills and I could see him as a big corner
Steve Brown is also interesting because of size. I think he will wind up at safety because he shows me the
ability to move up and play in the box.
For more of Randy Rodgers recruiting analysis, check out his website, randyrodgersrecruiting.com.