5 2015 College Football Recruits Who Are Better with Pads on
Some of the nation's best players do not look impressive at offseason events, as they are better when helmets and pads are on in real games.
Looking at the 2015 class, several recruits likely can't wait until summer is over and fall is here.
A 5-star dual-threat quarterback will not be able to fully show off his entire skill set for another few months, while a pair of rugged linebackers can't hit anybody in seven-on-seven games. Plus, a powerful running back looks bored during passing league games.
Cameron Smith, LB
While Cameron Smith has improved his coverage skills, the 4-star linebacker still is at his best when the pads are on.
Smith, who is 6'3" and 225 pounds, is a classic inside linebacker whose game is based on contact. Offseason events really don't suit his style, but the California native definitely will make a better impression on people in the fall.
Smith's strength and big-hitting ability will be loved at USC.
Chris Clark, TE
Chris Clark is an adequate receiver in the passing game, which is why the 4-star tight end can help in seven-on-seven settings.
However, his maximum value is shown when the pads are on due to him being a great blocker in the running game. At 6'6" and 247 pounds, Clark has the strength and power to sustain blocks versus linebackers and defensive ends with ease.
He may look fine in passing league games, but he looks even better on tape in pads. The Connecticut native has Michigan, Ohio State and Michigan State out in front, says 247Sports.
Nick Brossette, RB
Playing for a seven-on-seven team this spring and summer is not a bad idea for Nick Brossette. The 4-star running back can get out of the house, mingle and get some sun.
However, catching the football and playing in space is not the name of his game. The 6'0", 207-pound Louisiana native is a downhill runner who operates with power and strength. Brossette's style is based on gaining yards after contact and wearing defenses down, not finesse.
He is committed to LSU.
Torrance Gibson, QB
Although he has good physical tools to work well in seven-on-seven settings, 5-star prospect Torrance Gibson is limited in those types of environments.
The Florida native is a dual-threat quarterback whose legs and running ability are a big part of his game. Sitting back and being confined to being only a passer does not play to the 6'4", 200-pounder's strengths.
He is at his best when the pads are on in a real game, as that is where he can show off his ability to elude rushers in the pocket and make dazzling runs.
Auburn, Tennessee, LSU and Ohio State are his top suitors, per 247Sports.
Jahvoni Simmons, LB
This list wouldn't be complete without Jahvoni Simmons. Anyone who sees him at an offseason event running around in shorts and a shirt probably will not come away impressed.
The Virginia native isn't suited to play in space or in coverage. However, when the pads are on, Simmons can be dominant.
He is a 6'1", 225-pounder who excels at filling alleys quickly to stuff the run. He challenges blockers at the point of attack with strength, sheds well and strikes ball-carriers with impressive force.
The best thing for Simmons may be just to work out on his own during the summer and wait for the season to start in the fall.
His favorites include Clemson, Virginia, Tennessee and Old Dominion, according to 247Sports.
On May 13, Simmons told Justin Rowland of TarHeelIllustrated.com (subscription required), "I probably won't do too much camping and I won't do combines. I'll probably just start taking visits in the summer."
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