Scout: Randy Taylor
This is the fifth in my series of reports that will run throughout the football season. Each week, I'll report on the top prospects from the high school and junior college games I attend.
As a part of my job as a scout, I like to see prospects in person to check body type, confirm height and weight and get an overall feel for the player, i.e. how he carries himself, is he a tough kid, can he move his feet, etc.
My notes on the top prospects from these games will be reported here for you to learn more about some of the special players in California.
Thursday, September 28, 2006 – Rowland HS vs. Don Lugo HS
*Russell Carr – Safety/Wide Receiver, 6-2 190, Don Lugo HS, Senior
Russell is a good athlete, has a good vertical and catches the ball well. He's a prospect as an underneath receiver at a mid major level since he doesn't have the top end speed or quickness to play at a high level.
His upside is more as a linebacker because he has the frame to get bigger and is an athlete. Carr needs to become much more aggressive and instinctual as a defender. He has to be more physical filling the running lanes and running through the ball carrier.
Thursday, September 28, 2006 – Ayala HS vs. Diamond Ranch HS
*Terrance Dennis – Cornerback, 5-9 170, Diamond Ranch HS, Senior
Dennis is not real big but is very quick has good feet and is athletic. Also, he'll stick his face into the runner and is an active kid. He plays safety for Diamond Ranch but projects to a corner at the next level. Terrance has long arms and some room to grow. He could play some offense as a slot receiver and a role player.
Friday, September 29, 2006 – Gardena HS vs. Taft HS
*Malcolm Smith – Linebacker/Running Back, 6-0.5 215, Taft HS, Senior
Malcolm is recovering from a high ankle sprain. It's too early to determine when he'll return.
*Jeshua Anderson – Wide Receiver, 6-2 190, Taft HS, Senior
This young man is a sleeper worth watching. Jeshua is a long strider which makes him look slower and not as quick but he is sneaky quick runs well and is an athlete. He has good soft hands and works hard to get open. Anderson is also on special teams, where he will compete. Coaches love this kid for his work ethic effort and character. Jeshua is an outstanding track athlete as well.
*Darrion Weems – Offensive Line, 6-4.5 280, Taft HS, Senior
Darrion looks the part has feet and is athletic. He's a knee bender and has the frame to get big. When you add this up, he has the potential to be a big time player at the next level.
What Weems needs is to be more physical and compete at a higher level. Sometimes, a kid this size with his skills, has a hard time giving the effort against smaller less talented opponents. This guys upside is huge as long as he turns his motor up!
*Brandon Wimberly – Athlete, 6-1.5 185, Gardena HS, Senior
Wimberly is an intriguing player. He plays QB for Gardena but he might be a safety or receiver at the next level. Brandon is an athlete with quick feet long arms and a frame that can put on more weight. He's one of those kids that may develop late and a good college scout can project him to fit their system. Keep an eye on Brandon to show up down the road at a JC where he'll get more attention or as a steal for someone.
Saturday, September 30, 2006 – Bakersfield College vs. College of the Canyons
*Terrance Scott – Wide Receiver, 5-10.5 170, College of the Canyons, Sophomore
Terrance catches the ball well with his hands and has quick feet. He may not be track fast but can accelerate and make a defender miss. Scott has very good ball skills competes and adjusts to the football well. He is a top prospect that might not be a big time #1 receiver but will make plays. He is a very solid #2 guy for a lot of teams. Good press coverage may give him some trouble so he may be better in the slot. Terrance does a nice job returning kicks as well.