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Scouting Report, Video Highlights and Predictions for 4-Star WR Frank Iheanacho

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IDecember 4, 2013

Scouting Report, Video Highlights and Predictions for 4-Star WR Frank Iheanacho

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    There has not been a hotter recruit in the country than 4-star receiver Frank Iheanacho over the past few months. He entered this recruiting cycle as an unknown prospect, but now is one of the most coveted recruits in the nation.

    Iheanacho is one of the biggest enigmas in the country, but that mystery has made him a hot commodity. He has a world of potential, great size and wonderful athleticism.

    It's time to figure out who Iheanacho is now, and who he will become in the future.

    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals247Sports and ESPNU.   

Who Is Frank Iheanacho?

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    Iheanacho is a receiver from Texas who attends Westside High School in Houston. He did not play football as a junior, which should explain why he was such an unknown player for most of this 2014 recruiting cycle.

    Iheanacho chose to focus on basketball last year, as he is a talented forward on the hardwood. However, he came back to the gridiron as a senior, totaling 44 receptions for 622 yards and 15 touchdowns, according to MaxPreps.

    The stud receiver is 86th in the 247Sports composite rankings, 89th in the ESPNU 300, 95th in the Scout 300 and No. 165 in the Rivals 250

    Texas A&M, LSU, Ole Miss, Missouri and TCU are Iheanacho's top schools, per 247Sports.   

Frank Iheanacho's Scouting Report: Strengths

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    At 6'7" and 220 pounds, Iheanacho looks exceptional on the hoof. His height and length are obvious, but Iheanacho appears to be thicker than his listed size indicates.

    He has surprising quickness when releasing off the line. The Texan also possesses the strength to combat jams versus press coverage. Iheanacho has solid speed, as he can be impressive when he is allowed to build into his routes.

    The big receiver can climb on top of defensive backs to get to the third level. Plus, his athleticism allows him to get out of his breaks quickly for such a tall athlete. Iheanacho has good hands and ball skills, evidenced by his ability to pluck passes while in the middle of crowds.

    He can adjust to different throws around his frame, and he can naturally keep defenders outside of passing lanes. Iheanacho can be an intimidating runner after the catch, as he flashes some power to challenge defenders in the open field.

    He works hard as a blocker on the perimeter, too. Iheanacho seems to be willing to stack defensive backs at the point of attack to occupy their attention on running plays. 

Frank Iheanacho's Scouting Report: Weaknesses

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    Iheanacho could be quicker off the line, as this is where his size hinders him. It also hurts him after the catch, as the big receiver lacks a quick upfield transfer and elusive running skills in space.

    Iheanacho also needs to work on his hand-placement as a blocker.  

Frank Iheanacho's Highlights

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    Here is a clip of various highlights from Iheanacho's senior season for Westside High School in Texas. Keep an eye on Iheanacho's deceptive quickness off the line, and his ability to use his size to shield away defenders from the ball.   

Predictions

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    Iheanacho is expected to sign with Texas A&M, according to the experts at 247Sports.

    He may not make a huge impact as a true freshman, but he could catch a few passes in 2014.

    Once Iheanacho gets more reps and learns the nuances of the receiver position, he will have a great career in college. His size, deceptive speed, quickness and willingness to block will make him a fairly complete player at his position.   

2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map

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    Iheanacho is just one of many elite recruits featured on the 2014 Bleacher Report College Football Recruiting Heat Map!

     

    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. 

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