Plantation High School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 4-star cornerback recruit Chris Lammons has committed to play college football at South Carolina.
Amy Campbell of Fox Sports was first to report the news on Wednesday:
Lammons is the No. 21-rated cornerback prospect in the country and the No. 31 overall recruit in the state of Florida in the class of 2014, according to 247Sports' composite rankings.
Initially, it appeared as though Lammons would stay in the Sunshine State after he committed to the Florida Gators. Then he decommitted, denying it had anything to do with 5-star cornerback Jalen Tabor's enrollment in Gainesville:
No I Did Not Decommit Because Of Jalen Tabor Commitment I Decommited To Put Myself In A Better Position .— Chris Lammons (@Lammons_1) January 10, 2014
What the 5'9.5", 170-pounder lacks in size and speed, he makes up for with natural instincts and a precociously sound technique in coverage.
Acceleration is Lammons' standout characteristic, along with his fluid change of direction. He's been timed at 4.72 seconds in the 40-yard dash—a clip that won't wow any evaluators.
However, it seems he has better so-called "game speed," if his tape is any indication. Lammons has shown that he's dangerous with the ball in his hands at the high school level, and taking snaps frequently out of the shotgun demonstrates his solid hands:
He has flexible hips and can recover fast, but he must put on another 10 or 15 pounds to match up better with bigger receivers on the outside.
How will Chris Lammons fare as a collegiate player?
In the immediate future, he'll be a strong special teams contributor and a potential option in nickel and dime packages as a slot cornerback.
That would be a favorable matchup for Lammons, as he wouldn't have to worry as much about being stretched vertically and could use his anticipation skills and quickness to stay with speedy wideouts underneath.
With at least some understanding of offensive schematics and route concepts as a result of playing the quarterback position, Lammons should be able to take advantage of receivers who get sloppy with their routes or QBs not fully trained at looking off defensive backs.
Being a smaller player tasked with succeeding at the top level of college football should create a chip on Lammons' shoulder to continue his promising development. Should his current progression continue, an opportunity to start should come his way as an upperclassman.
If he becomes even a little faster as he gains strength, his upside will increase a ton too.