Four-star recruit John Diarse is one of those athletes who has played virtually everywhere for his high school team.
A wide receiver as a freshman and a dual-threat QB the rest of the time at Neville High School in Monroe, Lousiana, Diarse has the size (6’0”. 205 lbs) to be an impact receiver or tailback at the next level.
As a senior, Diarse completed just over 51 percent of his passes for 745 yards and nine touchdowns, preferring to tuck the ball under his arm and take off running rather than throw the ball, something evidenced by his 142 carries for 1,266 yards and 17 touchdowns on the season.
One thing you can’t help but notice with the ball in his hands is Diarse’s ability to see the entire field and change direction to avoid would-be tacklers.
Diarse doesn’t have great top-end speed (he clocked a 4.7 time in the 40-yard dash, according to 247Sports), but what he lacks in top-end speed he makes up for with his elusiveness and athletic ability.
While that 40-yard dash time isn’t overwhelming, Diarse has great speed in the open field.
A north/south runner, he embraces contact, something that makes him an option as a running back, a wide receiver or corner at the next level.
Cornerback might be the ideal spot for him, given his size and having no fear of contact. He played a bit of safety as a senior at Neville, intercepting two passes.
If that’s ultimately where he winds up, Diarse will undoubtedly need some time to adjust to and learn a new position before making a noticeable impact on a program, but he is a big-time prospect who can help a team in multiple ways, depending on where he's finally slotted.
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Unless otherwise noted, all recruiting star ratings are courtesy of 247Sports' composite system.
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