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Thread: Slimm's 2014 Underclassman

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    Absolutely he's a terrific young back. It's going to be a great RB class with Dixon, Yeldon, Todd Gurley, and Duke Johnson. Superfreshman.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TedSlimmJr View Post
    I think he's probably one of the top 5 athletes in the sport of football period. College or professional. We're talking about a 6'5", 250 pound kid with a 40" vertical, nearly an 11' broad jump, and 4.5 speed. He's a great blocker. I like how Oregon also uses him in the backfield. He moves like a big tailback when they hand him the football... which is why he averages nearly 6 yards/carry. I've seen Oregon insert Lyerla into the game when the offense is struggling and it always results in yardage and TD's when they do. Let me know the next time you see the football in his hands and he's not dragging tacklers with him. His ability in the open field is as rare as it gets for a kid that size.

    He's so athletic and explosive that it's typically difficult for coaches to find the best position for the few players like this that come along. Although Oregon is probably the program that has become the most adept at finding versatile athletes and putting them in a variety of different positions. Lyerla reminds me of Brian Urlacher's days at New Mexico.... Lyerla is that unique and athletic. I think he'd be a 1st round pick even if they put him at outside linebacker and left him there. I remember watching him play linebacker in the Army All-American Game coming out of highschool.

    To put it bluntly, I'm extremely, extremely high on Colt Lyerla as a football player. It's very simple. Lyerla can block, catch the football, run the football, and tackle... all the basic fundamental aspects that make you a good football player. He does them all naturally. Factor in how special and explosive he is as an athlete, and what you have is a rare player indeed.
    I'm very glad to hear that. While I haven't seen as much of him as I'd like, I was really impressed with the physical tools. If he were 6'6 he'd be a slam dunk top TE pick in my book, but he looks more like 6'4 or so to me and I'd like to see him use his verticality more in the red zone. As a player, he seems more raw than polished, but he's got a lot of snap and pop, instant acceleration, natural nasty running style and decent hands and awareness. Once he learns his craft, this guy can be a real X factor in the NFL, kinda like a smaller more physical version of Jimmy Graham. I gotta think power run teams will absolutely love him.

    From a selfish standpoint, I'm thinking of a Dolphins team with Lyerla at TE and Javorskie Lane at FB and we might just score along the goal line finally. Lyerla's got the seam speed, exceptional acceleration, and real power running. He's not the typical NFL TE today, but he seems like he could become a real game changer.
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    I'm sure this isn't the right forum for this but I'm just tickled that we reeled this guy in. He doesn't even qualify as an underclassman, because he's still not even a senior in high school! But I've had my eye on him for over a year, and he's given a verbal commit to USF. He's had an offer from LSU on the table for about a year already, and he did some tours at Bama and Louisville before choosing USF this past week. They don't make too many 17 year old quarterback prospects that look like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckparrothead View Post
    I'm sure this isn't the right forum for this but I'm just tickled that we reeled this guy in. He doesn't even qualify as an underclassman, because he's still not even a senior in high school! But I've had my eye on him for over a year, and he's given a verbal commit to USF. He's had an offer from LSU on the table for about a year already, and he did some tours at Bama and Louisville before choosing USF this past week. They don't make too many 17 year old quarterback prospects that look like this.

    He toured Louisville but we didn't offer him. This staff believes Reggie Bonnafon from Louisville Trinity High School is the real deal and didn't feel we had room for him. He's talented and is going to do well for USF.
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    Well now. This is interesting. Evidently Michael Dyer was in Tampa recently touring USF and may join the Bulls. He would be eligible to play immediately in 2013.
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    He's eligible to play anywhere that'll have him. It's easy to forget how talented Michael Dyer really is. A 5-star back coming out of high school that came in and broke Bo Jackson's freshman rushing record at Auburn...on his way to obtaining Freshman All-SEC honors, and winning MVP in the National Championship where he carried Auburn to victory in the second half. That was just his freshman season....

    Somebody like Coach Taggart is exactly what a kid like Dyer needs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ckparrothead View Post
    Well now. This is interesting. Evidently Michael Dyer was in Tampa recently touring USF and may join the Bulls. He would be eligible to play immediately in 2013.
    There's heavy, heavy stuff out there floating around saying he's coming here to Louisville. If that's the case Senorise Perry will probably redshirt to get his knee back to 100%.
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    What makes Sammy Watkins special is his transition from catch to run. I don't know that I've ever seen a receiver transition from catch to run as fast as he does. This is why 2 years ago, he was perhaps the best true freshman receiver that I've ever seen in college football.

    Coaches spend their entire careers teaching young receivers to look the ball in first, then turn and run. Sammy Watkins does this faster than any receiver I've seen. It's an incredible natural gift.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TedSlimmJr View Post
    What makes Sammy Watkins special is his transition from catch to run. I don't know that I've ever seen a receiver transition from catch to run as fast as he does. This is why 2 years ago, he was perhaps the best true freshman receiver that I've ever seen in college football.

    Coaches spend their entire careers teaching young receivers to look the ball in first, then turn and run. Sammy Watkins does this faster than any receiver I've seen. It's an incredible natural gift.
    Yes he is amazing.

    He will be a true diffrence maker.


    Deshaun Watson is the TRUTH!
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    I've been high on Ka'Deem Carey out of Arizona since the start of the season and he really showed me even more today with their win over Oregon. The guy can flat out play. I see him being a playmaker in the NFL and an every-down back. Any thoughts on him? Maybe as a 2nd rounder if we are lucky?
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