2014 Committed College Football Recruits Who May Be Better Fits Elsewhere
An overlooked factor by recruits when deciding on a school is how well they will fit into an offensive or defensive scheme.
College coaches would rather have a 5-star prospect only realize half of his potential by not being a great fit in their scheme versus seeing him reach his high ceiling at a rival school. Some committed recruits in the 2014 class could be better off at different programs, based on not being great fits in their future program's scheme.
A running back with a powerful running style is headed to a speed-based program, while a defensive end will attempt to play linebacker for an ACC school.
Chase Winovich, OLB
Committed to: Michigan
Chase Winovich is a 3-star outside linebacker prospect who can rush the passer at an impressive rate. He is headed to Michigan, which traditionally plays a base 4-3 scheme.
At 6'4" and 215 pounds, Winovich could be better off playing in a 3-4 defense as an outside 'backer. He would be allowed to stand up on the edges to attack the pocket with his quickness and length. The Pennsylvania native will be fine in Ann Arbor, but he may be even better in a different scheme.
Mark Andrews, WR/TE
Committed to: Oklahoma
Mark Andrews makes this list based on the condition he plays receiver at Oklahoma. The Sooners run a spread offense, as they love their receivers to have excellent quickness and speed.
Andrews is nowhere near elite in either category. The 6'6", 230-pound 4-star pass-catcher projects better as a tight end in Norman, so hopefully head coach Bob Stoops deploys Andrews to the seams and not the perimeter on offense.
Deondre Clark, DE
Committed to: LSU
At 6'2.5" and 238 pounds, Deondre Clark is slightly undersized for the defensive end position. However, he is also on this list because he may have a higher ceiling as a 3-4 outside linebacker, as opposed to putting his hand down as a 4-3 end for LSU.
Clark has good strength, and he will likely develop into a player who is at his best when he can stand up on the edges. The Tigers' scheme will not allow him to do this consistently, which is why the 4-star Oklahoma native could fit better elsewhere.
Christian McCaffrey, RB
Committed to: Stanford
Christian McCaffrey will add some pizazz to Stanford's running game, but he is not an ideal fit for the Cardinal's scheme.
At 6'0" and 195 pounds, McCaffrey has an athletic and elusive running style that consistently leads him to attack the perimeter and edges of the box. Stanford loves its running backs to be powerful runners who like to consistently attack the interior of front-seven alignments with strength.
McCaffrey is talented enough to still become a key contributor on The Farm, but do not expect the 4-star prospect to be a bell-cow running back in Palo Alto.
Jalen Brown, WR
Committed to: Oregon
Everyone knows Oregon's program is based on speed, speed and more speed—especially on offense. The Ducks recruit the quickest and fastest athletes in the country, which helps them smoothly operate their offensive and defensive schemes.
Jalen Brown, a 4-star prospect from Arizona, is a talented receiver with smooth movement skills.
However, Brown is not the fastest receiver in the country. His lack of speed could hinder his big-play production in Eugene.
Jacob Pugh, OLB
Committed to: Florida State
Jacob Pugh likely will be just fine as an outside linebacker in Florida State's base 4-3 scheme (should defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt go back to that alignment in 2014). Yet, he has the skill set of a 3-4 outside linebacker.
Pugh, who is 6'4" and 221 pounds, is at his best when can get upfield via standing up on the edges. The 4-star defender is a pure pass-rusher whose main skill is attacking the pocket at the snap with speed.
Asking Pugh to drop into coverage and challenge offensive linemen while chasing running backs across the box does not appear to be putting him in the best position to maximize his skill set.
Royce Freeman, RB
Committed to: Oregon
Royce Freeman is a 4-star running back who is nearly 6'0" and weighs 215 pounds. The California native is a downhill runner who has great strength and power.
While Freeman has good buildup speed, he is not the typical explosive running back Oregon has had over its recent seasons. Freeman lacks the needed elusiveness to produce long runs in the Ducks' rushing attack, as he is more of a bruiser who needs a good amount of carries to physically wear down defenses.
He would be better fit for a pro-style attack.
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