Scouting Report, Highlights and Predictions for 5-Star CB Kendall Sheffield

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IMarch 4, 2014

Scouting Report, Highlights and Predictions for 5-Star CB Kendall Sheffield

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    Kendall Sheffield is a 5-star cornerback who is one of the best players in the 2015 class. From Texas, Sheffield is a talented defensive back with an elite skill set.

    With so much talent to offer a college team, Sheffield has seen a bevy of schools come after him with scholarship offers. He will have a tough decision to make, but wherever he goes, he should develop into a solid starting cover man.

    Sheffield's talent and bright future warrants a closer look.

     

    All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports.
    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports

Who Is Kendall Sheffield?

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    From Fort Bend Marshall High School in Texas, Kendall Sheffield has established himself as one of the premier recruits in the 2015 class.

    He's also an elite hurdler, having posted an impressive time of 13.85 in the 110-meter hurdles, according to 247Sports. Sheffield also competes in the 300-meter hurdles.

    However, as good as he is as a hurdler, Sheffield has a brighter future as a cornerback. He has offers from schools such as Florida State, Alabama, Texas A&M, USC, Michigan, Texas and Florida, per 247Sports

    Sheffield is fourth in the Scout 300, eighth in the 2015 247Sports composite rankings and 27th in the Rivals 250

Kendall Sheffield's Scouting Report: Strengths

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    At 5'11" and 180 pounds, Sheffield has a fantastic combination of quickness, agility, length, speed and pure cover skills. 

    He has a quick and tight backpedal, possesses loose hips and easy movement skills in space. With his quick hands and agility in tight space, the 5-star cornerback can be a menace in press-man coverage. Sheffield plays with solid anticipation in off-man coverage, where he can easily copy and mirror the movements of receivers.

    In zone, Sheffield has great range and awareness. He does a solid job of passing receivers off to other defenders, while recognizing and picking up other threats quickly in his area.

    The Texan displays terrific short-area quickness, which allows him to drive and close on balls underneath in a flash. With his 4.36 speed in the 40-yard dash—says Scout.com—Sheffield has no problem carrying receivers deep downfield. He has no problem staying stacked on top of them, either.

    Sheffield also has return value on special teams.

Kendall Sheffield's Scouting Report: Weaknesses

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    While Sheffield has great toughness, his main issue right now is his lack of strength. It shows up when he presses and jams receivers, as bigger receivers can work through him at the line.

    He has problems shedding blocks to attack off the perimeter when trying to stop the run, too. Finally, Sheffield's lack of strength is also evident when he tackles, as he can leak yards to ball-carriers at times. 

Kendall Sheffield's Junior Highlights

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    Here are some junior season highlights of Sheffield from last fall. He makes plays as a cornerback on the perimeter, as well as in the return game. 

Full Ride Video Feature on Kendall Sheffield

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    The "Full Ride" series has already done a feature on Sheffield, which can be seen above. He talks about several coaches he likes, gives you some insight into his skill set and also mentions who he models his game after. 

Predictions

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    Sheffield's recruitment will come down to Texas and Texas A&M. The fact that College Station is close to home, plus Texas A&M competes in the SEC, will lead Sheffield to sign with the Aggies.

    He has enough size, speed, quickness and cover skills to warrant immediate playing time, and he will indeed see the field as a true freshman. Sheffield will be a multi-year starting cornerback when he leaves college.

    Mike Farrell of Rivals.com (subscription required) wrote:

    Sheffield is a very quiet recruit, so don't expect to hear about any leaders, but Texas A&M might have the early edge with an excellent recent visit.

     

    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.