8 Recruits Who Will Benefit Most from a Position Change
One of the things that I think has gotten better in recruiting is the pure evaluating and projecting of physical development of the players. At times we tend to forget that these are just 17 and 18-year-old football players and that it's a good chance they grow another inch and gain some more bulk.
So just because you see a player listed at one position on recruiting lists and boards, don't be shocked to see them wind up at another position down the line in college. Some players frown upon position changes for many different reasons, while others embrace it.
I've currently identified eight recruits whom I think will benefit the very most from a position change. You should check this one out.
8. Tyler Boyd
Boyd has split time for his high school team as a RB and WR, even playing a little more at RB. He's a long and lanky 6'1", 175-pound athlete that has good speed and some sizzle with the ball.
With his length, quickness and overall skill set I think Boyd will benefit from playing WR full time. Once he learns how to properly run routes, Boyd has the talent to help Pitt fans get over missing out on Robert Foster.
He's an offensive weapon and if Pitt moves to strictly WR, his game will ascend.
7. Patrick Kugler
The son of UTEP head coach Sean Kugler, who's a well known OL guru, Patrick Kugler knows how to play in the trenches. He played some OT for his high school squad in Pennsylvania, but I expect Michigan to move him inside.
Kugler stands 6'4" and weighs 275 pounds, while possessing great strength, toughness and playing technique. He's going benefit by moving to to OG or perhaps OC because of his quick get off, alertness and sound blocking fundamentals.
I expect Kugler to become an All B1G guard before he leaves Ann Arbor.
6. Tim Williams
Williams won't be making a huge position change at Alabama, but the fact that he'll be allowed to move around and stand up a bit will be a great benefit to his game.
The 6'4", 230-pound DE will operate likely as a Sam OLB for the Tide, or even some Jack too. Williams is a good pass rusher and has the athleticism to be deployed on either side of the defense to attack the passer.
Look for his length to factor a little bit in pass coverage too, as Williams can buzz into underneath coverage to get his hands on balls intended for WR's running slants, TE's or RB's out in the flats.
5. Derrick Griffin
Griffin is headed to Texas A&M and right now, he's listed as a WR recruit by many. For me, I think he's a perfect candidate to be moved to TE, as he's already 6'6", 228 pounds.
Griffin also is not a blazer and may lack the speed to threaten the back end of defenses and keep them honest. Moving him to TE will allow him to work on linebackers and safeties exclusively and won't require him to be a field-stretcher.
His hands, length and good athleticism would make him a great weapon in the Aggies' offense.
4. Kendell Beckwith
Beckwith played some dual threat QB in high school along with an array of other positions. He's listed as an ATH on various lists but he has great size at 6'3", 225 pounds.
An LSU verbal, Beckwith is likely to find himself playing OLB or DE in Baton Rouge. He's athletic and can get going with build up speed. Some like him best as a DE, but I like him as an OLB.
He could become a solid and productive flank 'backer once he gets coached up and after a redshirt year. I can see LSU one day having Beckwith at one OLB position and Kwon Alexander at the other OLB spot.
3. Keanu Neal
Right now, Neal is a big 6'1" safety that probably weighs close to 210 pounds and is only getting bigger. He's pretty instinctive and can drive on the ball quickly.
With him being so good in the box, I think he'll benefit from moving down to OLB at Florida. There he can really work to accent his strengths of sniffing out ball carriers, playing well in traffic making plays in the box.
He also is solid in coverage and getting himself assigned to TE's and RB's would make things a lot easier over having to cover slot WR's at the college level.
2. Ricky Seals-Jones
Seals-Jones probably envisions himself as a WR for Texas A&M and he could be able to stay there for a year or two. Yet, in the end, the 6'5", 230-pounder will likely have to move to TE.
He's got great ball skills, athleticism and runs well after the catch, but he may outgrow the receiver position and be best long-term as a TE. I can see him becoming a Jermaine Gresham-type of TE for Texas A&M.
With Derrick Griffin also committed to the Aggies, each will want to stay at WR, but it may best for one to move to TE. Even if Seals-Jones tries to stays at WR in college, I think he'll need to make to switch to TE to ensure a stay in the NFL like Fred Davis did at USC.
1. Cameron Burrows
Burrows is a 6'0" CB prospect that is committed to Ohio State and weighs over 200 pounds. He can play CB, but I think him changing positions would benefit not only him but the team.
Eli Apple is one of the best cornerbacks we've seen in years and Gareon Conley also an top flight CB prospect. I can see those two locking up the two starting CB positions and Burrows letting his size and speed allow him to transition smoothly to FS.
With S Jayme Thompson committed, can you imagine what a defensive secondary that has Apple and Conley as the two CB's with Burrows and Thompson as the two S's would be able to do?
It would strengthen the Buckeyes' defense and Burrows could have a NFL future as a FS.
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects and writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (formerly ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL Draft magazine.