Profile: Nigel Bethel
Location: Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington
Recruiting: Bethel committed to Miami over teams like Florida State, Kentucky, USF, Ole Miss, Tennessee, West Virginia and many others.
What to like: There’s a lot to like about Bethel. This kid can flat out play, as he possesses outstanding cover skills. Bethel plays with great instincts. He seems to always be around the ball making something happen. Excels at watching the quarterback and reading eyes, as he can often come off his man in coverage to make plays.
The best part of his game is his ability to read and react. Bethel breaks on the ball quickly. He has super acceleration and quickness. He can turn and run with just about anyone, showing good hips and overall speed.
Bethel is solid in run support and does what he needs to do. While he’s not going to blow anyone up Bethel is a sound tackler in space.
What may be of concern: There’s one glaring concern with Bethel – his height. It’s generous to say he’s 5-foot-9. There’s no question if he was in the 5-foot-10 range (or bigger) he would likely be the top cornerback recruit in the state and top tier elite among his peers in the country. He’s going to run into trouble, especially at the next level, when matching up against bigger and more physical receivers. For his size though he does a nice job of playing the ball in the air, even against the taller wideouts.
Overall Analysis: Bethel may lack ideal size but don’t let that fool you because he’s very, very talented. This is a cover corner that could excel on the inside playing over the slot or on the outside if matched up against receivers closer to his size.
Bethel is a three-star recruit and the No. 90 ranked cornerback in the nation.