Profile: Chris Head
Location: Jackson, Ga.
High School: Jackson
Position: Tight End/Wide Receiver
Scouting Report: After seeing Head live early in 2009 and then breaking down his film this week, I know he can play on the Division I level after he leaves Jackson.
Head has very soft hands as a receiver and really brings the ball into his body well. He is a big target that lines up mainly at tight end for Mike Parris at Jackson, but can flex out and create mismatches at wide receiver. They get him vertical as much as possible and he has shown very good body control, the ability to snatch the ball out of the air, and he wins most jump ball battles.
He has the frame to add more weight, but he will not be a traditional tight end in college. He will be more of a lean tight end that will be brought in more to catch passes than block. He will throw his body around now on the high school level, but he will not be a guy that running backs consistently run behind in college. He will be a receiver threat.
His speed is a little deceptive. He did run a 5.1 in the 40 yard dash at a Scout combine earlier in the year, but he plays faster than that. There is an art to running the 40 yard dash and Head was not ready to run it well that day. He is a long strider, he stood straight up when he took off, and he is faster than what he time shows. Game speed is more important than straight-line speed at a combine.
Head is one of to watch this fall. No offers for him yet, but he is a legit DI prospect. He could be a big receiver for some programs, but he would be best in a hybrid mold.
Stay tuned to Scout.com for more on this sleeper in Georgia.
Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Analyst for the South Region and he can be reached at ChadSimmons@Scout.com.