A Scout’s Report – Week 9
Scout: Randy Taylor
This is the eighth in my series of reports that will run throughout the football season. 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.
Friday, November 3, 2006 – Bishop Amat HS vs. Notre Dame HS
*Shane Horton – Wide Receiver/Safety, 6-1 200, Notre Dame HS, Senior
Horton is a nice athlete and is a very versatile player. He projects to a safety or even a linebacker in my mind, depending on how much weight he can carry. His top end speed is a question when evaluating him as a receiver; however, it is good for a linebacker. Horton is a “tweener”; he’s a guy you have to project to his best college position. Shane catches the ball well and his feet and hips are good, which will assist him in pass coverage.
Shane is a D1 player that will be valuable because he can play a couple positions, as well as be very good on special teams.
*Mike Stanton – Wide Receiver/Defensive Back, 6-4.5 215, Notre Dame HS, Senior
Mike’s a great looking kid. He’s an athlete but isn’t the most fluid guy. However, he has a good frame and room to grow, making him a sleeper. Right now, he’s kind of a “tweener”, as well, in that he plays receiver and corner but his size will dictate that he move closer to the line of scrimmage - especially on defense. Stanton might be a receiver at the next level but won’t be a corner.
It would be easy to project him to an outside linebacker or even a defensive end. On the offensive side of the ball, he’s a tight end or the big possession receiver, which he plays now. Players like Mike have a lot of value to a college team, as they can help on either side of the ball. His upside could be huge; if he can be a physical kid.
*Charlie Carmichael – Offensive Guard, 6-4 305, Notre Dame HS, Senior
What I like about Charlie is his ability to finish a block. He locks on to the defender and maintains contact until the end of the play or he gets him on the ground. Carmichael projects to a guard at the next level. He has ok feet and athleticism but not what you need to play on the edge. He competes, uses his hands well and can be a devastating down blocker, creating huge holes between the A and B gaps. The big “fella” is already committed to Oregon and they’ve got themselves a very good player.
*Sam DeMartinis – Offensive Tackle/Guard, 6-5 270, Notre Dame HS, Senior
Sam’s upside is tremendous. He has the athleticism to play tackle in college but could also play guard or center. What he needs to be a dominant player is to add about 40 pounds and keep developing his overall strength. DeMartinis runs well and, as I said before, is an athlete but needs to bend his knees more and play with better pad level. He does compete and will play with a little nastiness, which I love. He gets his shots in during a game.
He’s committed to CAL. They’re getting a player with a lot of potential to be a fixture on their O line for a few years.
*Erik Folk – Kicker, 5-10 180, Notre Dame HS, Senior
Erik has a very good leg and the ball comes off his foot well. He is a good kick-off guy, with great hang time and can drive the ball deep into the end zone. In the 5 kick offs I timed, 4 of them were in the 3.8 to 4.2 second range and the 5th was a line drive that went well past the back of the end zone. As a field goal kicker, he has terrific range of over 50 yards and gets the ball up quickly. He should make the transition to kicking off the ground with out much trouble.
Folk will be at a big time school next fall and has offers from some top PAC 10 programs.
*Dayne Crist – Quarterback, 6-4 200, Notre Dame HS, Junior
This is next year’s top QB prospect in the west. Dayne is athletic, can run and has a strong arm. He has a little bit of a long delivery but nothing to get concerned about. What I like best about Crist’s game is his toughness, presence on the field and willingness to mix it up. He has good mobility and can make plays with his feet. The ability to spin the ball and throw accurately makes him the complete package. He can make every throw.
As a side note, Notre Dame is maybe the best team in the state this year at any level. They are big, physical and athletic. There are probably six D1 prospects in the senior class and another four or so in the junior class. A post-season bowl game featuring Notre Dame versus Oaks Christian would be a game I’d pay to see.
Saturday, October 21, 2006 – El Camino College vs. Santa Ana College
*Kayne Farquharson – Wide Receiver/Returner, 6-2 190, El Camino College, Sophomore
Kayne is fun to watch. He catches the ball very well and has really good ball skills. He runs well and is an excellent athlete. The part of his game I like the best, however, is his willingness and ability to block. He’s physical and competes. Faraquharson is really most dangerous once he gets the ball because he runs very well after the catch. This also shows up when he returns kicks. In addition, he runs very good routes, has excellent feet and uses his hands to get open. He gets good separation and is always open. The only down side is he isn’t track fast but he is fast enough and quick.
Kayne has already committed to the University of Miami, as he is from the state of Florida originally, and it was easy to return home. He was being recruited by just about everyone prior to his verbal to the “Canes.”
*David Richmond – Wide Receiver, 6-3 190, Santa Ana College, Sophomore
Richmond is one of those guys who doesn’t wow you with his speed or fluidness but catches everything and seems to always be open. He has good size and long arms but lacks top end speed. David will go over the middle for the ball and make the catch. He is a tough competitor. At the next level he will be underestimated, which will be a mistake.
Saturday, October 21, 2006 – College of the Desert vs. Chaffey College
*DeAngelo Willingham – Corner/Safety, 6-0 200, College of the Desert, Sophomore
This kid is a great looking specimen. He has long arms and good thickness for a corner. DeAngelo has the ability to turn his hips and run with a receiver or play press coverage and disrupt the receiver’s route. He could play safety, as well, because he has the size to play inside. Willingham is still pretty raw with his technique but looks like he’s getting better all the time. He also runs well, providing him the time to make up ground on the receiver.
The big corner is from South Carolina and is being recruited by schools from the SEC, Big Ten, Big Twelve, PAC 10 and more. Big corners are a hot commodity.
Saturday, November 4, 2006 – Glendale College vs. Santa Monica City College
*Alonzo Menifield – Linebacker, 5-11 195, Glendale College, Sophomore
Alonzo is one of those players that are just fun to watch. He makes every play! Menifield uses his quickness and explosion to dominate the game from his linebacker position. This guy competes with his own teammates for every tackle, is instinctive and really attacks the ball carrier. For a player his size, he does remarkably well getting off blocks and playing through the congestion from tackle to tackle. Some players play from sideline to sideline; this guy plays from locker room to concession stand! I think I saw him tackle the hot dog guy once.
Unfortunately, due to his academic clock, he’ll have to play at a DII school next fall. That’s good news for the smaller school that gets him.