Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Best available among recent decommits
By Craig Haubert
With just about four months until national signing day there are still some very good prospects available and among that group are some who, at one point during the process, were verbally committed to a program, but have since reopened their recruitment. For 2014 we have already seen dozens of decommitments, and while some have already recommitted, several have since remained open. Here are the best from that group:
Alin Edouard (Hialieah, Fla./Hialeah): Of the top thirty quarterbacks in this class, regardless of classification, Edouard is the only one among that group that remains uncommitted. After decommitting from Miami, which still holds commitments from two other QB prospects, Edouard is a promising prospect. A good athlete that could potentially play another position in college, he possesses very good arm strength, a quick release and the tools to develop at the QB position. With most of the top QB prospects committed at this stage, the four-star dual-threat signal caller became a key target for programs still looking to add a QB to their 2014 class.
Wesley Green (Lithonia, Ga./MLK): Back on the market, Green is still not amongst the top five available CBs, but he is a good prospect and is a tough loss for South Carolina’s class. He doesn’t possess elite speed, but the ESPN 300 defender is simply a good football player. Possessing good length, deceptive playing strength, good footwork and ball skills, he can offer some scheme versatility and be effective as both a man and zone corner. Georgia could benefit from the in-state four-star decommitting, but the Gamecocks could still potentially bring the talented DB back into the mix as well.
Sharieff Rhaheed (Fort Pierce, Fla./Central): A one-time LSU verbal, Rhaheed reopened his recruitment a few months ago and is currently the top-rated uncommitted OLB in the 2014 class. The ESPN 300 defender is an athletic and tough prospect at the position with promising upside. He will need further coverage experience but he demonstrates the tools to quickly find and get around the football and make plays. A new verbal doesn’t look imminent, but the four-star could still end up in the SEC when he does commit again.
Josh Casher (Mobile, Ala./St. Paul’s): Of the top ten center prospects, only Casher remains open after decommitting from Auburn. At 6-foot-1, the ESPN 300 prospect lacks ideal height, but is tough and has very good playing strength. He can use his shorter stature to consistently win the leverage battle and has good feet. Casher can get the job done in both run and pass blocking. If Casher possessed more ideal height he could be rated even higher amongst the top interior prospects in this class, but the four-star can still be a very good guard or with more experience, center.
Anthony Moten (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas): Moten comes out of one the top high school programs in the nation and is a defensive tackle with good size who can move well for a big man. The ESPN 300 defender is capable of being a very tough run defender, and while he can be explosive and is capable of pushing blockers back to press the pocket as a pass rusher, he needs further development in this area. A one-time Florida verbal, Moten could end up staying even closer to home the next time he commits.
The Impact: There can be several reasons for a decommitment, and at times, it could be the end of a recruiting relationship between a prospect and the school. At other times, interest could still remain between the two parties. With Casher and Green, each could end up at a different school with their next commitment, but both could very well end up at the school to which they originally committed. For both the Tigers and Gamecocks bringing each back into the fold would be big for that respective program. For Moten, his decommitment from Florida could benefit Miami who looks to be in good position for the home town big man and would help them continue to bolster their D-Line. In the case of Edouard and Rhaheed, both are the top remaining prospects at their respective positions, and wherever they land, they can help to strengthen a class.