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Or thoughts on four prospect in the Vols 2014 class.
1. What I like about Hurd
Obviously, the jewel so-to-speak of the current Tennessee recruiting class is five-star running back Jalen Hurd (Hendersonville, TN/Beech). While Hurd’s overall athleticism and talent is obvious in person or on video, it’s how he has handled success and the work he is putting in during a very important off-season that has caught my eye. Coming off a state title and being a top national recruit, it’s easy for some to put the car in cruise control and hang out. Hurd has done the opposite, and continues to work to ascend and maximize his ability.
As a running back prospect, some will count him out because of his height/size and body type. We aren’t doing that. Hurd has all of the desired running back instincts, which showed up against Mt. Juliet as he had to grind out four, five and six yard runs with feet in the hole, vision, playing low to high, falling forward to maximize and running with a physicality.
Note: Per a family member, Hurd weighed 230-pounds late last week as he continues to grind with his personal trainer. Retaining burst, speed and flexibility is of the upmost importance during this muscle mass/weight gain.
2. Thoughts on Kelly
The first thing that stands out about Kelly is you simply can’t teach or practice to have the natural hands and ball skills he possesses. Some of the most impressive in the 2014 class nationally. He is a football player, period, with elite playmaking ability. He’s very smooth tracking the ball and in his change of direction with impressive hip flexibility and COD ability. As tackler, he’s very instinctive in his angles, and ability to put his hat on the ball. While there are bigger safeties, Kelly is an impressive striker because of his instincts and fluidity in space.
Note: Kelly is definitely a prospect that we can see rising in the Top247 in the coming months.
3. Don’t sleep on Paulk
Running back is obviously a huge need in 2014 for the Vols and while the staff struck potential gold with Hurd, don’t sleep on recent commitment Treyvon Paul (Alpharetta, Ga./Milton). The 5-foot-9, 200-pound Paulk has a near perfect running back body type. He’s very compact with power in lower body. He has the ability to get very small and power through tacklers. His upper body is also nearly ideal. Some backs have long arms, which can create difficulties pocketing the ball. Not Paulk, as he has near ideal arm length and thickness in the arms to nearly perfectly pocket the rock.
As a runner, he has a quick jump cut in the hole and very good feet. While he will not necessarily be a big play back at the next level, his first 10-15 yards is pretty explosive. He’s a quick to the second level, downhill runner with maximizing ability.
4. The Sleeper
There is little doubt the sleeper of the current Tennessee class is offensive lineman Coleman Thomas (Max Meadows, Va./Fort Chiswell). The 6-foot-5.5, 295-pounder has a plus frame featuring ideal arm length and impressive knee bend. He is also naturally strong, especially in the lower body. Another strength is his potential versatility.
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Thanks Gerry for stopping by!
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The state of Georgia is very interesting for me right now. It's seemingly getting deeper with talent by the year/class. Easy for kids to be under valued or under recruited at times.
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Great to hear! Thanks for the analysis!
Thanks for the breakdown Gerry. Def enjoyed the read.
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When I remember Hurd is on top of Tennessee's commits list...
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