2015 Recruits Who Are College Ready Right Now
In this day and age, where recruits arrive on campus already known commodities, players are expected to make an impact right away. However, not all of them are mentally and physically capable of making an immediate contribution.
It takes a lot for a recruit to be "college ready," which is why it's a remarkable feat for the following 2015 recruits to make a list such as this one. An offensive tackle has the size and strength to help block for a college offense right now, while a pair of cornerbacks have the size and instincts to win a nickel role.
Also, a receiver has the speed and playmaking ability to cause headaches for college defensive coordinators this season.
All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports.
Daron Payne, DT
Daron Payne is one of the most physically imposing players in the 2015 class. The Alabama native is 6'2" and 316 pounds, plus he has outstanding strength.
Payne would need to be coached up on his technique and hand placement to be ready to play college football this fall, but his physical tools would help him. With his size, power, quickness and ability to quickly locate the ball, he could contribute.
It would be a shock if the 5-star prospect signed with a school not named Auburn or Alabama.
Tarvarus McFadden, DB
At 6'3" and 198 pounds, Tarvarus McFadden is a 5-star defensive back who can play safety and cornerback.
McFadden, who is from Florida, has great range and transition quickness. He can get off the hash with ease, plus he possesses terrific hands and ball skills. With his excellent vision and instincts, McFadden appears ready to play in several sub-packages for a college defense.
LSU leads Florida State, Clemson, Florida and Georgia, according to 247Sports.
Jordan Scarlett, RB
A 4-star running back, Jordan Scarlett has a great combination of speed and strength. The 5'10", 197-pounder runs with solid vision, and surges through holes with force and quickness.
Running back is a position that is among the easiest to make an early impact at, and Scarlett has what it takes to be a bell-cow running back for Florida Atlantic today. He can run through arm tackles, as well as elude a defender or two.
Maea Teuhema, OT
Maea Teuhema is a 5-star offensive tackle from Texas who can play tackle or guard. He has fantastic strength at the point of attack, plus the LSU commit is tough as nails.
Teuhema, who is 6'4.5" and 346 pounds, also is light on his feet for such a large human being. He has good quickness at the snap to engage with defensive linemen in a hurry, plus he can get his hat on linebackers on the second level.
Whether it be at guard or somewhere else, look for Teuhema to get on the field early during his tenure in Baton Rouge.
Scout.com said "He is so much bigger and stronger and has a real nasty streak about him. He takes pride in finishing blocks with a pancake."
Daylon Mack, DT
High school football in Texas may be getting too easy for 5-star defensive tackle Daylon Mack. The Texas A&M commit physically dominates his competition snap after snap due to exceptional strength and power.
At 6'2" and 310 pounds, Mack does a great job of playing with leverage. He has the strength to walk offensive linemen back into the pocket, as well as the ability to anchor versus multiple blockers on running plays.
Not to be considered a one-trick pony, Mack also has excellent quickness and agility. He's ready for the show.
Iman Marshall, CB
With more teams running the spread offense, college defenses now need to have four starting-caliber cornerbacks.
Iman Marshall, a 5-star cornerback from California, certainly can help. At 6'1" and 190 pounds, Marshall combines outstanding size and length for the position with short-area quickness, loose hips and natural cover instincts.
He can mirror receivers at the line and in off-man coverage, plus Marshall has the speed to stay stacked on top of his opponents through the third level. Keep an eye on USC and Stanford as his recruitment unfolds.
Trent Thompson, DT
Trent Thompson is a 6'4", 292-pound defensive tackle who can do serious damage in the trenches. He has excellent quickness at the snap to penetrate gaps, and he also shows a good short-area surge to finish plays.
Thompson, who is from Georgia, is a physical presence who doesn't back down from anyone. He has the strength to stack blocks and anchor at the point of attack, plus the 5-star recruit wraps ball-carriers tightly when he tackles.
Thompson is going to be ready to play right away in 2015. Georgia, Florida State, Alabama, Clemson and Auburn are among his top schools, per 247Sports.
Christian Kirk, WR
From Arizona, Christian Kirk is a 5-star receiver with a terrific skill set. He's the best offensive playmaker in the 2015 class due to his speed, quickness and deceptive strength.
At 5'10" and 195 pounds, Kirk has exceptional release quickness to launch into his routes off the line. He can get even with cornerbacks playing off him in a hurry, plus he has the speed to keep them in trail position as he sprints downfield.
Kirk has solid hands, but it's what he does after the catch that makes him special. He has natural vision, elusiveness and instincts as a runner, plus he shows terrific lateral agility and a fantastic burst in the open field.
Schools such as USC, Ohio State, Alabama and Oregon are in on him, says 247Sports.
Kevin Toliver II, CB
At 6'2" and 185 pounds, 5-star cornerback Kevin Toliver II looks great on the hoof. However, there's more to his game than just looking the part.
The lanky cover man possesses impressive strength in press coverage to stymie the release of an opposing receiver. Toliver also has loose hips and good speed in coverage, plus he can drive and close on balls with fantastic burst out of transition.
He may not have the ball skills of some of the top defensive backs in the 2014 class, but Toliver still is as good in coverage as many of them right now.
The Jacksonville native is headed to LSU.
Tim Settle, DT
Hailing from Virginia, 5-star defensive tackle Tim Settle is the total package. The 6'3.5", 305-pounder has the size, strength and quickness to warrant immediate playing time on a college roster.
Settle doesn't waste much time getting his hands on blockers, and he doesn't lose sight of the football easily. He generates a ton of shock at the point of attack with his punch, and anchoring isn't an issue for him.
Settle is capable of making plays, but he can also occupy offensive linemen to keep linebackers free for a college defense today.
Ohio State, Virginia and Alabama are his top schools, according to 247Sports.