College Football: Breaking Down Each 2015 5-Star WR Recruit
Programs looking to add an elite receiver prospect must take a look at one of the 5-star receivers in the 2015 class. It's tough to get a sure read on prospects due to the many variables that surround the position, but each 5-star receiver exhibits terrific traits.
Not all of them are similar players, however. A receiver in Texas makes plays by possessing good strength and fantastic hands. Meanwhile, a speedster from Arizona has dynamic quickness and run-after-the-catch skills.
Plus, a receiver in Florida has the size to do a lot of different things on the perimeter.
Although Terry Godwin is listed as an athlete, the 5-star prospect could very well end up as a receiver at Georgia.
At 6'0" and 168 pounds, he is just scratching the surface on how good he can be. He possesses good quickness to release upfield, plus he can wiggle his way around jams. He has fluid movement skills when running routes, and he shows a knack for making subtle moves with his shoulders to set up and throw off corners before making his break.
The Peach State native gets in and out of his cuts smoothly and quickly to detach from coverage at junctions. Godwin has solid hands to pluck passes with his mitts, and he shows more than enough speed to climb on top of cornerbacks on the perimeter.
After the catch, the future Bulldog has good elusiveness and solid acceleration to transfer upfield in a flash. Once he becomes more crisp and disciplined when working during his patterns, Godwin could be an All-SEC receiver in Athens.
Hailing from Arizona, 5-star receiver Christian Kirk has the potential to be the main weapon of a college offense.
He has a frame like a running back at 5'11" and 197 pounds. He has deceptive strength, plus he can surprise defenders with underrated power. However, his speed and explosiveness are what make him such a terror for defenses.
He can work in the slot or on the perimeter, where he launches into his routes at the snap. Kirk has quick feet, which help him cut as sharply as a knife to get out of his breaks. He can be used in the short passing game due to his excellent run-after-catch skills, plus he has the speed to immediately threaten safeties on the third level.
Kirk's running ability is so impressive that that he might see time at running back before he leaves college. He displays good vision in the open field, plus he's creative and elusive.
Finally, he also has terrific value as a returner. After he cleans up his route running and becomes more consistent at attacking the ball with his hands in traffic, Kirk will be a dynamic collegiate receiver.
Jason Suchomel of OrangeBloods.com wrote on April 17: "With so many schools vying for his attention, Kirk is keeping all options on the table at this point. He says distance will not be a factor in his decision and he's willing to go anywhere if he finds the right fit."
Damarkus Lodge may not be as fast as the other receivers on this list, but he still deserves his 5-star rating. The Texan is a big-bodied pass-catcher who can be a load for cornerbacks on the perimeter.
He has the strength to work his way through jams at the line, plus his long stride can eliminate cushion quickly when cornerbacks sit off him. In the route-running department, Lodge may be the best among the receivers on this list.
He fluidly works with good instincts and vision, as he knows how to avoid traffic underneath. He pays attention to the alignments of back-seven defenders and settles in holes in coverage with great awareness. Lodge is not afraid to go across the middle, as he does an impressive job of plucking balls in traffic with his strong hands.
After the catch, the Texas native is capable of running with good buildup speed and strength. Lodge is a similar prospect to 2014 5-star receiver and incoming LSU freshman Malachi Dupre.
There's a small chance that George Campbell ends up at free safety in college, yet he's more likely to stay at receiver.
The Florida native is a fantastic athlete who is 6'3" and 184 pounds. With his long arms and defined frame, he looks like a college player already. He has solid quickness to get off the line, plus his strength is on par with many other receiver prospects in this year's class.
Where Campbell separates himself is in the speed department. The Sunshine State recruit can blow by defenders, and his stride seems to open up the more he gets downfield.
He can become a sharper route-runner, but he looks natural and smooth getting in and out of his breaks. He can skate away from defenders at junctions thanks to his long stride and fluid movement skills.
Campbell needs to improve his hands and ball skills. He has lapses in his focus and concentration, which means he will drop a ball or two. Yet, he can make dazzling plays with the ball in his hands when he does catch it.
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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