Friday, March 8, 2013
Noles 2013 snapshot: Jeremy Kerr
By Corey Dowlar
Now that national signing day is behind us, NoleNation takes a closer look at the next crop of Seminoles.
Vitals: Tight end Jeremy Kerr (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg), 6-foot-5, 250 pounds
Committed: Jan. 23, 2013
ESPN.com grade: 71, three-star prospect
ESPN.com rankings: No. 38 tight end prospect in the country, No. 617 player in the Southeast region and No. 237 prospect in the state of Florida
Chose Florida State over: Miami
Jeremy Kerr could bulk up and eventually move to the offensive line at Florida State.
State of the position: Florida State lost just one tight end from last year's roster, but it wasn't from eligibility exhaustion or early entry to the NFL draft. Will Tye, who would have been a redshirt junior, is off to Stony Brook in New York. Aside from him, starter Nick O'Leary is back for his junior season. Kevin Haplea and Christo Kourtzidis are back, too. And Dan Hicks has made the move back from tight end to defensive end, his original position.
ESPN.com scouting report: Kerr is a good-sized tight end prospect whose strength at this stage is an in-line blocker. He comes from a run-oriented offense where he is mainly asked to block. He possesses very good height and a solid amount of bulk at this stage and should be able to add additional good size with time in a college weight program and in fact with his size he could end up potentially developing into an O-lineman. As a blocker he does a good job of getting hands on. He will work to get placement, demonstrating the ability to reroute his hands in an effort to try and create leverage with them. He can deliver a solid pop on contact and generates adequate leg drive and with his size at his current level he can overpower smaller opponents, but does need to work to keep his pads down with better hip roll on contact and get a better fit. He will grind to get his man blocked and does a good job of closing space, but can tend to be more a position blocker at this stage and doesn't consistently maximize his size or power. Doesn't look to get many opportunities to catch the ball, but flashes a solid set of hands and the ability to extend and catch the ball away from his body. Presents a good sized target, but displays adequate speed and burst to separate from defenders. Kerr is a prospect with good size and upside as a blocker. Flashes ability to contribute some as a receiving target, but with further development of his technique and added mass will earn his keep as an in-line blocker, and we wouldn't be surprised if becomes an OL.
Expected impact: The buzz surrounding Kerr this fall won't be necessarily about how much he plays, but where. With a tremendous frame, and increasing his weight as he continues to gain strength, Kerr could very well wind up an offensive tackle. That or a devastating blocker who could even serve as a sixth offensive linemen from the tight end spot. Either way, it's hard to see Kerr getting significant playing time in year one. And if offensive line is the way to go, he'll probably redshirt.