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June 2, 2:00 PM ET
Scouts Inc. on football recruiting

Craig Haubert
  (2:02 PM)

Welcome All!! So glad you can join me for some recruiting talk. The ESPNU 150 was released today. Already plenty of questions about it. Lets get started so we can get to as many questions as possible.

Tom (Chicago)

De'Anthony Thomas is a top 5 prospect. Period. How can you seriously put him at 65 and call yourselves the "experts"? Don't give me the spiel about him being 5'9...last year a guy by the name of Lamarcus Joyner was that size and he was in the top 20.

Craig Haubert
  (2:03 PM)

Thomas is extremely fast with great quickness and obviously a heck of a competitor but there are concerns about his size amongst our staff and feel he lacks great experience/skill-set as a true corner. If recruited to play offense we do not see him as a fulltime back which make its hard to warrant a 5 star ranking in our eyes.

Craig Haubert
  (2:04 PM)

In comparison to Joyner - he was never a running back prospect. We are not so much concerned about height, but rather bulk & strength with Thomas. Also Joyner was big for his build with long limbs which made him appear more sturdy despite his listed size. We also saw Joyner play in the secondary more consistently.

Marvin (Melbourne, Florida)

Does being at a small school hurt your chances of making the ESPN 150 list?

Craig Haubert
  (2:05 PM)

Absolutely not. We do take into account level of competition though as part of our overall evaluation process.

James (Detroit)

Y no kasen williams???

Craig Haubert
  (2:06 PM)

We question William's top-end speed and competition, but like his size and hands -- he is actually in our top 100 James.

Jay (Miami)

Just wondering what are your thoughts on Denzel Perryman?

Craig Haubert
  (2:12 PM)


Craig Haubert
  (2:13 PM)

sorry - having a little trouble we should be good to go now.

Craig Haubert
  (2:14 PM)

Back to Perryman - His grade probably doesn't reflect his offer list but we would like to see more production near the line of scrimmage & feel like his shorter frame is going to hinder his ability to shed

Craig Haubert
  (2:15 PM)

He does though have good downhill strength and is an active pursuer around the ball.

Brandon (Detroit)

Why is Lawrence Thomas ranked soo low?

Craig Haubert
  (2:16 PM)

While he has good size and straight-line speed, we feel Thomas has some stiffness moving laterally and we feel that his best fit may actually be playing with his hand on the ground. In relationship to the other players at his position that he is compared to he does not display the same athleticism and fluidity as the others. He is in our 150 so we think he is a good prospect, but we do not think he is an early difference maker in our opinion.

Mr. Pink (FL)

How would you compare this class historically in terms of potential? Is this a deeper class or is the talent pooled in certain positions?

Craig Haubert
  (2:19 PM)

At the top the impact talent is very strong - probably as strong as any year we have seen. Players like Clowney, Westerman, & Drew to name a few can be impact type players. As you get down towards the 50's and beyond it is mainly all upside.

Craig Haubert
  (2:20 PM)

Very good year on the D-Line and also at Offensive tackle. Good talent at the top of the QB position also good talent at RB.

Bama (Ohio)

What did you guys see in brent callways film that caused him not to be in the 150

Craig Haubert
  (2:22 PM)

Calloway is obviously a good all-around football player and an explosive edge rusher but we feel he may have peaked physically, lacks ideal body length on the perimeter and has played in a system that has allowed him to attack vertically without a lot of reading. His coverage skills are marginal as well.

Alex (Jacksonville)

So much for "Tebow's throwing motion" effecting UF's QB recruiting. What does Driskel bring to the table that makes him the #1 QB recruit in the country?

Craig Haubert
  (2:24 PM)

The one thing I think fans will see about Florida is their ability to adapt their offense to their personnel which they did with Tebow and will do with Brantley. Driskel gives you a bit of both of those guys. The skills as a passer and the legs to be a dynamic running threat much like Urban Meyer had at Utah with Alex Smith. Driskel is big, fast, strong armed and athletic. Could play in the pro set and spread.

Jeffrey (Florida)

When push comes to shove what position does James Wilder play in college?

Craig Haubert
  (2:27 PM)

We feel Wilder will develop and fit best as an outside linebacker with the flexibility to put his hand down in passing situations. A good vertical attacker but not an ideal space defender.

Jeffrey (Florida)

What player in the lower third has the best shot to jump like Easley did last year?

Craig Haubert
  (2:32 PM)

Good question Jeff. I am going to go with another DL and say Nile Lawrence-Stample. He is an interesting kid who lacks ideal height, but has good bulk and impressive athleticism for his size. On film he plays a lot of linebacker and while he does well for his size he is out of position. More chances to see him at DT and putting that athleticism to work from there could see him jump some.



Craig Haubert
  (2:36 PM)

I wouldn't say #51 overall in the country as an ILB is low, particularly with Steward, Vaughters, and Grant ahead of him. We agreed as a staff that Edmond may have been one of the better total football players in regards to instincts between the tackles & if you click on his report you will see we hold him in high status.

Mike (West Coast)

Should we just rename ESPN rankings Florida and the South Top 100?

Craig Haubert
  (2:40 PM)

Hey the reality is that the most athletes regardless of position on average come from the state of Florida and the southeast region in general. It's not like we are getting a kick back from the Florida department of commerce for having their prospects ranked higher. In comparison to other states and other regions we feel that there is more population and enrollment thus creating more prospects with an upper echelon ability level. Some years are going to be high in talent level for all states and some are going to be low.

Craig Haubert
  (2:42 PM)

With Florida you must also consider that the state is able to supplement and in many cases fuel the recruiting for 32 BCS teams in the ACC, SEC,and Big East and select teams from other BCS conferences teams like USC, Ohio State, Michigan and also Notre Dame. The reality is that it is a strong state every year.

Jeff (Dallas)

What is your opinion of De'Ante Saunders? Where does he project best in college?

Craig Haubert
  (2:45 PM)

Saunders is an under-the-radar talent & one of the quicker more elusive prospects in this class, we see Florida utilizing him all over the field.

Mark C. (Stamford, CT)

I keep reading about Teddy Bridgewater and how he's Miami's top target. Then I see the rankings and he's only #112 on ESPN and not even ranked on some other he overhyped?

Craig Haubert
  (2:48 PM)

I don't think Bridgewater is over-hyped I just think he is one of those players that people will truly have different opinions on. The kid comes from a good program & is a winner. He is not though ideal in bulk and he needs some fundamental development in his game. Some people think he may be best suited as a WR in college.

Craig Haubert
  (2:50 PM)

We think he can be a college QB, but needs work. Not surprised that many people may differ on him. I just can tell you what we think and we like him as he is in our 150.

Paul (Sacramento, CA)

Craig, Where do you see George Farmer playing in CFB? Do do you see him as a Safety? Or a Reciever at the next level? Also, what school do you suspect he winds up at?

Craig Haubert
  (2:54 PM)

Paul -- we have Farmer listed at WR so we feel that is where he will end up. He has play making ability and is very good after the catch. That being said we would not be surprised to see him play Safety in college. He is a pretty good player there also.

MV (Minneapolis)

Thoughts on Minnesota's Tommy Olson and how close was he to making the 150?

Craig Haubert
  (2:57 PM)

Olson lands outside the 150 right now, but has a solid 4-star grade. A potentially dominate run blocker at the next level, but just needs some time & polish as a pass blocker.

Jay (Miami)

Why is Tacoi Sumler rated higher than Sammy Watkins?

Craig Haubert
  (3:00 PM)

There is not a big difference in where they are ranked. While Sumler is undersized he so fast and quick and plays bigger. I think some may hesitate on Sumler because of his size, but the kid is a playmaker.

Craig Haubert
  (3:02 PM)

That is all the time I have. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your questions. Take care!