2016 recruit comparisons

Five recruits from the ESPN Junior 300 who remind us of other prospects

Updated: July 8, 2014, 6:03 PM ET
By Tom Luginbill | ESPN RecruitingNation

When you've been making player evaluations for as long as the staff at RecruitingNation has, it can be easy to watch a prospect and quickly compare him to another prospect. Whether it's measurables, style, tenacity or simple body movements, there can be a multitude of reasons one player might look an awful lot like another. If you've read our player evaluations before, you know we often try to make these comparisons to give readers an idea of what prospects might be like at the next level.

With the debut of the ESPN Junior 300 today, here are five prospects in the Class of 2016 who remind us of prospects we've evaluated before:

[+] EnlargeSam Bruce
Tom Hauck for Student SportsCould No. 34-ranked prospect Sam Bruce have a career as productive as that of former West Virginia wideout Tavon Austin?
DE Shavar Manuel and Florida State DE DeMarcus Walker

Manuel, who is ranked No. 3 in the ESPN Junior 300, is employed in a role that is similar to Walker's role coming out of high school. Manuel weighs about 230 pounds, which is right where Walker was in the 2013 class. Walker now weighs 270, and Manuel has room to grow. Both have experience in a stand-up defensive end/outside linebacker role as a pass-rusher, but putting their hands on the ground and exploding off the edge is what they do best. Walker's versatility allowed him to have a role as a true freshman and become an integral part of Florida State's national championship team. We would not be surprised if Manuel has a role as a designated pass-rusher as a freshman, depending where he signs.

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