2014 College Football Recruits That Fit Only a Certain System
High school players are young in their development and many of them probably won't be playing the same position in a few years. Recruits are still growing, adding weight and learning the game so to pigeon-hole them as players who only fit a certain scheme is very tough.
However, for this read, five recruits have been identified as perhaps players who need to be placed in a certain scheme. There's a QB who needs a passing game based on timing and rhythm, a LB who fits best in a 3-4 defense and even a DE prospect who's more of a read and react kind of player than a pure pass-rusher.
Here are some top 2014 recruits who only fit a certain scheme.
5. Denzel Ware, DE/OLB
Ware needs to be put in a scheme where he can be moved around to accent his strengths and mask his weaknesses. If a defensive coordinator runs a scheme that leaves Ware on one side of the DL and strictly with his hand down, then he won't have much success.
The 6'3", 220-pounder is at his best when he can stand up some and put his hand on other downs. He has to be used as joker rusher from all areas of the tackle box and probably fits best on the weak side so he doesn't have to deal with extra blockers.
4. Damian Prince, OT
Prince has strength and power, but his game is more predicated on athleticism and finesse. He doesn't project to be as dominant a player in downhill, man-on-man power-blocking offense.
That just isn't his game, though he could develop into a solid fit there.
Prince would be wise to pick a school who runs some zone-blocking concepts in the run game to take advantage of his quick feet and agility. He'd also fit well in a spread offense where a team throws the ball more than it runs, as pass-blocking is the main reason he's so highly regarded.
3. Kain Daub, LB
Daub is not a 'backer who's going to fit well in a Tampa 2 defense as a Mike. He doesn't have the movement skills to flip his hips and get vertical to play in the deep middle from the second level.
This is a 6'4" LB who weighs more than 240 pounds and fits best as an ILB in 3-4. Daub's game is about striking blockers vs. the run with power and toughness, shedding them to get clean and thumping inside the box.
He has limited range vs. the pass and an extra backer inside with him will help in that department.
2. Kyle Allen, QB
The 6'3", 197-pound Allen is a good QB prospect who has all the intangibles, sees the field well, makes great decisions and reads coverages properly.
This is a signal-caller who will get his offense out of bad plays at the line of scrimmage, can be depended on with "check with me" play calls and throws with great accuracy and anticipation.
The only knock is that Allen doesn't have a cannon for an arm. It is not a noodle, but he may have trouble consistently striking throws downfield in college.
Allen has to get into an offense that is more predicated on rhythm and timing, rather than an offense based on attacking downfield.
1. Kentavius Street, DE
Street is a great DE prospect and has excellent strength on a 6'2", 265-pound frame. He can stack blocks on the edge, anchor, shed and make stops vs. the run.
He's just not a speedy pass-rusher and fits best in a read and react type of defense, rather than an attack-style scheme. Street does possess a great motor and he hustles, but he's at his best when he get his hands on a blocker, then read a play and go rather than be asked to simply get upfield each snap.
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 and Cleveland Browns.