Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Top juco prospect comparisons
By Tom Luginbill
For every recruiting class that includes junior college signees, there is a high-risk, high-reward proposition because most juco prospects are expected to provide immediate help while not having much time to do so. If you are a "two-to-play-two" prospect, your time is limited and the risk is higher. Below are three of our top 10 prospects in the ESPN JC 50, as well as current college stars we feel they resemble with their skill sets.
WR Lavon Pearson (Feather River Community College) -- Marqise Lee (USC): We chose Lee as a comparison to Pearson due to their similar speed, flexibility and “wiggle,” which you don’t often see in taller prospects. Both are so smooth and fluid in their overall movements that defenses don’t just have to worry about their vertical speed, they also have to be concerned about how to handle them one on one in space. Both receivers are capable of taking a 5-yard underneath slant and turning it into an 80-yard highlight.
CB Shattle Fenteng (Hutchinson Community College) -- Loucheiz Purifoy (Florida): Height and speed define both of these players. It is so difficult to find tall, long-armed corners who are flexible and fluid through the hips. Fenteng is actually taller than Purifoy, but both play the position in a similar fashion and are also used as effective blitzers from the perimeter. The ability to mirror and keep pace with speedy offensive weapons and also press at the line of scrimmage gives Purifoy and Fenteng great value. Fenteng likely chose the right program in Georgia, where there is an immediate need for help at corner.
DT DaVonte Lambert (Georgia Military College) -- Will Sutton (Arizona State): We would not have used Sutton as a comparison had he not gained considerable weight this past offseason to move down inside for the Sun Devils. Lambert and Sutton display the same burst, first-step get-off and explosive motor to be disruptive against both the run and the pass. Lambert can play as an end or inside player, and Sutton has extensive experience in this role as well. Defensive linemen are expected to make an immediate impact, and Lambert should fit in quite well at Tennessee with the Vols' needs up front.