Ben Axon is one of the top running back prospects in the state of Florida this year and the…
Scout's Take: Ben Axon
Scout's Take South Carolina Gamecocks Ben Axon RB 6-1 195 Manatee HS (FL) Commit Date: 10/20/2008 The physical Axon could develop into an every-down back The old adage that offense sells tickets has been around for quite some time. The premise behind such a statement is that fans want to see playmakers do their thing, explosive skill guys who can take it to the house on any given play. And while a speedy and flashy homerun hitter is nice, there is a premium on more physical RBs who can produce for the duration of the game, especially in the rough-and-tumble SEC. South Carolina has received the pledge of just such a player in Ben Axon, a gifted athlete of Bradenton Florida's Manatee HS. Below is a breakdown of the Gamecocks most recent pick-up. Pros Size—Not overly large, but is a true 6'1 and is already near 200 pounds. Appears to have good length so he should be able to hold more weight without compromising athleticism. Aggressiveness—is a slasher who attacks defenses by getting downhill and exploiting creases. Doesn't shy away from contact, stays over feet and maintains good pad level, thus making him very effective in the box. Burst—does an outstanding job of getting to full speed once he clears 2nd-level traffic and maintains acceleration, consistently getting plus-yards. Doesn't have true homerun speed but is very effective within 30-40 yards. Cons Top-End Speed—tends to peak around 40 yards and lacks a homerun gear, but does have the ability to score on big runs. The positive is that he is at full speed within five yards and plays at that level for the entire game, which eventually puts his speed a level above tired defenders. Vision—this may be a result of his desire for contact, but there are times when he either doesn't see cutback or bounce opportunities, or just wants to stay downhill and attacking. This is where runs end up being 5-8 yards when they could end up being 20 to 30-plus. He will be able to work on this and will be coached up at SC, but there are some things that are simply instinctive. Final Analysis Very good pick-up for the Gamecocks and one that will give Coach Spurrier and Company a 20-plus carry back. His physical upside is promising and he could end up around 220 or so, which will certainly help in terms of durability. But for a back his size (under 200 pounds), he must be more elusive. Look for an early impact on Special Teams, with a possibility of contributions on offense. Burke Hayes is the Southeastern Regional Manager for Football Recruiting at Scout.
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