7 2015 Offensive Recruits with Most to Prove This Summer
With summer just about here, several 2015 offensive recruits have a lot to prove over the next few months. Although these prospects are great players, questions still surround their skill sets.
A 5-star receiver needs to prove that he has the hands and ball skills to play the position on the collegiate level. A 5-star quarterback has consistency issues that need to be straightened out, plus a 4-star tight end must prove he has the speed and quickness to be effective in the passing game.
Kai Locksley, ATH/QB
Kai Locksley is a 4-star prospect with a ton of athleticism. At 6'3" and 188 pounds, he does most of his damage right now as a dual-threat quarterback.
However, Locksley may be a better athlete than quarterback at this point. This summer, he needs to prove to observers that he has the footwork, accuracy, vision and decision-making skills to consistently beat defenses as a quarterback.
If not, Locksley may find college coaches talking to him about playing receiver. He is considering Auburn, Texas, Maryland, Virginia Tech and Florida State, says 247Sports.
Devonaire Clarington, WR/TE
From Florida, Devonaire Clarington is a 4-star pass-catcher who looks like a 'tweener right now. Clarington has spent most of his career playing receiver, but he lacks ideal speed for the position in college.
However, at just about 6'6" and 222 pounds, he could find a niche as a tight end. If Clarington wishes to stay at receiver, he needs to prove he has adequate speed on the perimeter this summer. Should he not prove himself capable of stacking cornerbacks with speed, he needs to prove he has the point-of-attack strength to give himself hope at tight end.
LSU and Miami are his top schools, according to 247Sports.
Jay Bradford, RB
With his outstanding speed, Jay Bradford is dangerous with the ball in his hands. The 4-star runner hails from Texas, where he blazes by defenders with ease.
However, Bradford appears to be a bit of a straight-line athlete on tape. This summer, he needs to excel in various agility drills, while also showing off good elusiveness and wiggle with the ball.
Bradford, who is 5'10.5" and 191 pounds, is committed to Texas A&M.
Torrance Gibson, QB
A 5-star prospect, Torrance Gibson is developing his skills at quarterback. The 6'4", 200-pounder slings the ball lefty with solid arm strength.
However, Gibson is still plenty raw. He needs to get more consistent with his accuracy and mechanics inside the pocket. The Florida native also must show during seven-on-seven games this summer that he has improved in the pre-snap phase of the game, as well as greater vision as a passer.
Keep an eye on Tennessee and Auburn with Gibson.
Chris Clark, TE
At 6'6" and 247 pounds, Chris Clark is a 4-star tight end with a big frame. He has good hands to snatch passes with his mitts, but he is not the fastest nor quickest tight end one will find on tape.
Clark's future may be at offensive tackle. He has the strength and toughness to dominate defenders at the point of attack, plus he is capable of holding his own in pass-protection as a short-setting blocker.
During the summer, Clark must prove he has enough speed to be effective in the passing game in college. The Connecticut native has Michigan, Ohio State and Michigan State as his favorites, says 247Sports.
Ricky Town, QB
Although he is still regarded as a 5-star quarterback, Ricky Town has not had the best spring. He has seen other quarterbacks, such as 5-star recruit Josh Rosen and 4-star recruits Brady White and Blake Barnett, become hotter names on the recruiting trail.
At 6'4" and 205 pounds, Town has good physical tools. He also is a smart and cerebral quarterback who makes good decisions. This summer needs to be one of redemption for him, as he needs to light up the seven-on-seven circuit to prove doubters wrong.
The California native is committed to USC.
George Campbell, WR/ATH
George Campbell is a 5-star recruit from Florida who has excellent athleticism. The 6'3.5", 184-pounder displays great speed as a receiver.
However, Campbell doesn't have the best hands in the world. He is not a natural receiver of the football, and he'll drop a pass or two. Campbell needs to prove to everyone this summer that he indeed is capable of plucking passes on the move with his mitts.
If not, he may get moved to another position in college. Florida and Clemson are his favorites, per 247Sports.
Campbell told the following to Mike Singer of InsidetheGators.com (subscription required) on May 13:
"I've been to Florida. You can see everything with your own eyes. That's mainly what they want."
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