Raymon Minor is a 4-star athlete, and while he may not have a specific position, the Benedictine College Prep product from Richmond, Va., has committed to play at Virginia Tech.
Norman Wood of the Daily Press reported the news:
Raymon Minor of Benedictine in Richmond makes signing day decision to play for #Hokies.— Norm Wood (@normwood) February 5, 2014
The 6'3", 210-pound gridiron Swiss Army knife can line up just about anywhere and make an impact, which makes him one of the more intriguing prospects in the 2014 class to monitor as he finds his niche.
According to 247Sports' composite rankings, Minor is the No. 9 recruit out of Virginia, the No. 19-ranked designated athlete in the country and the 245th-best prospect overall, but big programs will be hard-pressed to find a player with his versatility.
ESPN's scouting report (subscription required) reveals the many dimensions Minor brings to the fold:
He is not quite what one would look for as a tight end but he has good size for a safety and could thicken up to be projected as an H-back. Displays good strength as a tackler, and is bigger than most corners so he looks physical as a blocker. Demonstrates decent speed, but not over the top speed.
Eric Kolenich of the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported on Dec. 4 that Minor made 54 tackles (11 for loss) from his linebacker spot and hauled in 28 receptions for 570 yards at receiver during his senior season.
Minor would be a terrifying force in the secondary due to his physicality and above-average size, which would already make it difficult for skill-position players to elude his grasp and get separation at the line of scrimmage.
As is noted on Minor's 247Sports profile, he runs a 4.60 40-yard dash. That doesn't take into account his fluidity, but it is indicative of the type of upside Minor has. The profile also mentions how Minor is a "standout basketball player."
How do you think Minor will perform at college?
With the success ex-hardwood stalwarts have had in football at the highest level playing tight end—Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates, Jordan Cameron and Jimmy Graham, to name notables—it makes sense that Minor is being touted as a tight end or H-back, too.
In order to play either of those positions, though, Minor would need to add significant weight to his frame.
Either of those spots would cater more to his strengths, because he isn't the quickest at changing direction—a key for any good defensive back—garnering a rating of four out of 10 in that attribute, per 247Sports.
Then again, with a player of his speed, it would be interesting to see how Minor would fare if he didn't play both sides of the ball and could focus on the task at hand for just one position.
Minor has a bright future and may redshirt while he figures out where to play for his new team, but he has the promise to develop into a lethal asset later in his collegiate career.