Kyle Benedict is the BEst at BEating Press Coverage - 185 yards on 7 catches & 1 TD
Last season Benedict was arguably the best receiver in the state of Florida and when I studied his body of work that led to being named All-State, I found that he is the best in the nation. This extremely gifted route runner is one of the best I have seen at beating tight bump and run coverage, and it is a mistake for a defensive back to attempt such a technique against Benedict. As seen below, Benedict uses outstanding acceleration once the ball is snapped to blow by the man-to-man coverage on the outside for his first long score of the season. When his man starts to creep off, Kyle and his Quarterback are seen hitting a beautiful slant route to the open part of the field. Benedict then shows his tenacious running style and the power he possesses overall, as he drags 4-5 defenders downfield after the catch. Having a 26.4 yards per catch average in a opening contest is unheard of at the high school level and makes my reasoning for his 5-Star recruit status even more clear. You will witness Benedict set his defender up swiftly to the inside, only to beat him quickly to the outside fade route on the next two plays. On the second play, Kyle shows his uncanny ability to locate the football while in flight and his diverse ability to go up over defenders and make plays. After using this technique, Kyle is able to use the opposite tactics and sets his defender up to the outside (fade), only to burn him with the inside slant route for more valuable yardage. Kyle has the quickness and explosiveness needed to excel at the D1 NCAA Football level and has solidified his position thus far as the top slot receiver in the nation according to College Football Today. He has also been named to our Scout Trout All-American roster and exemplifies the standard for all student-athletes, as athletes like Kyle, who maybe do not look like they are a 5-Star recruit, actually possess far more talents than today's so-called "5-Star Recruit".
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Kyle Benedict is a flat-out brilliant receiver who was able to garner so many accolades this past season that he scored a 10 out of 10 in our S.T.E.P ratings category. Kyle has accepted his Scout Trout All-American nomination and we are extremely elated to bring this extremely diverse talent to our already star-studded roster for Class of 2019. Kyle has moved up our player ratings at the Wide Receiver position to the #1 overall prospect heading into June and deserves the top spot, as his body of work is 2nd to none in all of America. Below is a list of all of his accomplishments, stats and honors that he received last season, which have warranted his 10-point rating in our "STATS" category.
As you can see, Kyle had one of the most prolific seasons ever at the 2A level in the state of Florida, and his exhilarating play speaks volumes to his talents as a top college football recruit. Kyle was able to achieve a 15.4 S.T.E.P rating in his combine activities, as his overall athletics resemble that of a big time NFL slot receiver, which can be seen below.
These ratings are produced by the best performer in each position and as you can see, Kyle is very consistent across the board and was able to achieve a 10 out of 10 in Academics. This really helped Kyle create S.T.E.P-eration as he has an astounding 4.47 GPA and is a member of the National Honors Society. Combine that with his 1270 SAT and you have a student-athlete who could possibly teach a class on his own at your university. Kyle has mastered both academia and his performance on this gridiron, as he was able to amass 983 yards receiving on 50 receptions. This whopping 19.66 yards per catch is among the best I have seen in the country for a highly targeted receiver, and in addition to his 603 returning yards, you can begin to justify his 8.39 S.T.E.P rating. Kyle was named to every all-star team under the sun in the great football state of Florida, and we our thrilled he will be competing at our 2019 Scout Trout All-American Bowl.
If you have not seen Kyle's film and are speculating why a 5'10, 165LB has graded out so highly, then you're not really paying attention to what it takes to succeed at an extremely high level in modern day football and have no right commenting on the subject. That being said, Kyle is one of the fastest young men we have seen off of the line of scrimmage and uses his hands very well to disengage from press coverage. Being able to create separation is what playing receiver and the recruiting process--along with mostly anything that is worthwhile--is all about and this young man exceeds expectations day in and day out. The first play of Kyle's highlights, he shows off his vertical presence, as he is able to adjust to the football perfectly while in the air, while leaping over the top of the inferior defender to make a brilliant snag. The balance Benedict is able to show after making the catch is magnificent, as he shows extraordinary "Body Control", throughout his entire film. Benedict can be seen on the next play making a swift break to the inside on the slant route, only to find himself in what appears to be a place of confinement. Kyle shows he is unafraid to make the catches with defenders closing in and somehow is able to elude all three tacklers, while showing off more supreme agility and speed. In my opinion, the best play Kyle makes comes at 1:05 into his highlights, as he runs a perfect route and is able to make a very quick witted adjustment on the football to make another mind-boggling reception. At 1:30 into his top rated S.T.E.P receiver highlights, Kyle takes advantage of a sitting duck out at defensive back, as he is inching back before the ball is snapped to avoid the inevitable. Kyle is able to extremely keenly hit the sitting duck with one of the most beautiful "stop and go" routes, as he is a master at deceiving his defender in the direction he is heading. Kyle uses short and precise cuts, along with a beautiful change of speeds that are able to leave defenders wondering why they wanted to match up against this 5'10,165 LB receiver, who plays a lot like former All-Pro New York Jets legend Wayne Chrebet! The similarities are remarkable and like it says below, if Mr. Chrebet did not suffer so many concussions, he would have racked up record amounts of yardage during his career. The main thing both of these players possess, who are generations apart, is the mentality they bring to a football team or field. Both players are extremely cunning in their decision making and run crisp routes. Not to mention, they both perform remarkable acrobatic big plays downfield. Both receivers can line up at any of the receiving positions and come with enough tenacity and grit to handle their assignment when asked to block. Both receivers show a remarkable ability in their "set up" approach to the game and are able to shred defenders with tactful footwork that only the true legends of this game possess.
Team(s): New York Jets
Years played: 1995-2005
Career stats: 580 receptions, 7365 receiving yards, 41 TDs
If not for his checkered concussion history, who knows how much more effective Wayne Chrebet could've been for the New York Jets? As is, Chrebet's story is the quintessential underdog tale. The former NCAA I-AA athlete went from a walk-on to a legitimate star in New York, serving as the Jets' first or second option for numerous seasons throughout the late '90s and early 2000s. Along with that, Chrebet was solid on third down, with 379 of his 580 career receptions coming on third-down conversions.
"It's hard to find fault in a guy who could move the chains like that." - (Gus Turner, Complex)
"Foos scrambled to the outside to avoid pressure but got taken down at the line of scrimmage on first down. On the next play, Foos was being pressured again and avoided being taken down, launching the ball downfield to DJ Ruffing for a 54 yard score to take the 24-21 lead with less than a minute to play." Dan Klish The Advertiser Tribune
DJ Ruffing first was able to crack our top athletes and specialists list as an elite kickoff/punt return prospect, after averaging over 50 yards a return when he got to go back deep. He also showed out of this world agility in the way he was able to operate in the open field. When you combine his stellar overall athletics and style of play, he could make a instant impact on special teams, as a true freshmen scholarship athlete. After further evaluating this young phenom, I ranked him the #3 overall slot receiving prospect, but he very well could fit in our heavily talented ATH category, as he is extremely cunning and tenacious defensive back. The first play of Ruffing's All-American highlights, shows the play everyone was talking about in the Northern Ohio area in the following weeks of the "Final-minute magic" that DJ and the Tigers were able to produce under immense pressure to remain undefeated. Luckily, DJ Ruffin is accustom to making big plays under pressure, as he shows a passion for the game of football and is a true "GAMER" in every sense of the word. It appears as if DJ was Foos' number one target from the start, as he is rolling towards DJ's corner route and never deters from locating the young super-star, who reminds me of a mix between Wes Welker and Fred Biletnikoff. Both of these elite receivers were considered too small to play in the NFL, but proved that paying attention to detail was the easiest way to create separation. They were able to work in unison with their elite QB's, who were masters of manipulating a defense themselves. On the end around that DJ is able to leave everyone in the dust, he is able to cover the last 40 yards in a astonishing 4.38 seconds! DJ's first kickoff return on film comes at :42 seconds into his #3 ranked overall slot receiver footage. Ruffing is seen fielding a wet football and then begins to concisely shred the opposing team's kickoff unit, as he is bedazzling to watch, as DJ uses a quick synaptic spin and then a extremely quick cut to wind up in the open field. Once another defender attempts to get Ruffin from behind, he is able to rip loose and very quickly trek his way through the muddy grass to pay dirt. The next play after is one of the best tackles I have seen from a 2019 CB prospect, as DJ is able to completely UNEARTH the ball carrier as the far side corner on film. This not only shows the strength DJ has developed, but also a display of sheer grit and determination to get the job accomplished, along with explosive tackling technique that is inescapable. The next play, DJ is shown lined up in the slot in a 5 receiver spread set and is used as the "speed sweep" back, as he somehow once again dances through a hungry sea of piranha with no regard for the blood they seek to savagely extract. DJ is a extremely well-rounded football player and can even play some backyard football, as seen at around 2 minutes into his All-American highlights, which is able to keep the play alive and avoid negative plays. Ruffin is in great position in man to man coverage on the next play and is able to stay in the receivers "inside hip pocket" until he quickly locates the severely under thrown pass and makes another big play for the Tigers with the interception. Getting DJ out on screens and in the flats is vital for his success, as once he is able to get just a sliver of daylight he is gone in a flash and you better be ready to hit the NOS button, as you most likely will not have enough HIGH OCTANE GAS to keep up with this Scout Trout All-American. The jump-cut that Ruffing is able to make at around 2:42 into his film, looked a lot like a Danny Woodhead or Darren Sproles in the way he so decisively and instantaneously sets the defender up to the outside, only to maneuver his way expeditiously for another big play for the Tiger offense. Big time receivers with DJ's skill set a lot of times are found taking plays off when they are not being targeted with the pigskin. DJ is the complete opposite and shows he not only can "stalk block" with the best of them, but he is a main reason the Tiger's running back's have a proper alley to run through. At 2:52, you will see one of the best block's to cave down a cornerback and open up the outside running lane for the Tiger ball carrier. DJ is seen in more screen action on the next play and once again, DJ shows superior acceleration and his initial "burst" after catching the football is one of the quickest up field I have seen on tape. This method of offense of not giving the defense time to react to certain plays or situations is used heavily at the next level and a big reason you have seen such influx in scoring in College Football, over the decades. When you watch Ruffing run more extremely effective speed sweeps, you can also see him lining up in the backfield from time to time and being utilized in the run game and out of the backfield catching passes, at the next level. DJ is seen showing more exceptional blocking at 3:48 into his film and once again, DJ is able to engage with his defender and completely control where he wants to move him. In this instance, he is able to ride him all the way to the sideline. As I watch more fantastic defensive play at corner and with remarkable special teams skills, DJ will most likely be moved to the ATH category as we progress in the recruiting process. He can certainly play both sides of the football at a very high level and I would not dare kick him the football his senior year. I believe at any given moment, DJ Ruffing can change the entire complex of a game, as he has big play potential written all over him for the next level! Congrats DJ on being named a Scout Trout All-American and being named our #2 Return man overall and our #3 initial slot receiver in the nation!
Bryce Bevins has a phenomenal body of work through his first three years of his high school career and has all of the characteristics of a stand-out collegiate receiver. With a 3.5 GPA and 1085 SAT score, this high academic and high octane inside or outside receiver shows great ability in the passing game and in his outstanding run blocking. Bryce possesses outstanding athletics in combine testing, as he has ran a 4.6,40 yard dash, along with a 4.0 shuttle and an eye-popping 38" vertical. Bryce is not your typical wide receiver though, which is why he was able to crack our initial slot receiver national rankings list for the Class of 2019. Bryce runs very good routes and the position he appears to be playing in this offense is the almighty H-Back position. As I have said before, this is a player who can play at tight end anywhere in the backfield and line up as an outside receiver. They must be able to dominate in the passing game and are used heavily in the running game to set the edge or get to the 2nd level defenders. Bryce is a tough receiving target and is not afraid to go over the middle of the field and make the tough catches in traffic. On the first play of his All-American footage, Bryce is seen "stemming" the defender to the outside and he is able to hit him with a beautiful move to the inside, while locating the football that is thrown behind him. On this play, he is able to show amazing concentration, as he absorbs a few blows and somehow manages to escape three defenders and take the football for a 65 yard touchdown! He shows more ability to make spectacular catches in traffic, as he once again is able to use his 38" vertical and mental toughness to go up and snag an extremely tough catch in immense traffic downfield. He shows great overall body control and is able to make the necessary adjustments needed to position himself to catch balls that are behind him or that appear to be out of reach. A little under a minute into Bevin's highlights, you will be surprised what a 6'0, 185LB nose guard can do, as he completely exposes the interior linemen by using his outstanding acceleration to blow by the guard, on his way to a QB sack! This gritty and talented class of 2019 athlete shows off his tenacious and keen blocking ability, as he is able to easily control the DB and open up the perfect alley for the receiver catching the screen pass, to burst through for the score. Bryce is seen running some extremely clean "speed outs" and is able to create quick separation from the defender in man coverage with his route running abilities. Lined up at the TE position at 1:34, Bevin shows the outstanding body control I mentioned earlier, as he is able to once again create separation from the defender quickly and then locate the ball thrown behind him. Bevin wastes no time getting up field on this play and is able to exhibit rapid acceleration, as he bursts up field for more valuable yards after the catch. After selling "block" and making another great snag downfield, Bryce is seen on the backside blocking as a TE. Bevins is able to once again DOMINATE his opponent and gets him turned completely out of the play. A few plays later, Bevin shows us his kickoff coverage ability, as he plans on playing as a freshmen for whatever college program is lucky enough to earn this Scout Trout All-American's services! Bevin is able to motor downfield like a bat out of hell and make a beautiful "form tackle" and asserts his tenacious play in his opponents minds. When I slow his highlights down, I can see the beautiful hands this young man beholds when he is catching a screen pass at around 3:16 into his highlights. Bevin uses great footwork to get depth in his route to receive the screen and then propel forward, but the football is thrown behind him. Thus, Bevin is able to completely turn his body 180 degrees and then flip upfield, as if he never lost a step. He also uses his HANDS very well to bring the ball in, appearing to make the proper triangle and is very instinctively quick getting the ball in the correct running arm. With John Carroll Catholic (Fort Pierce,FL) struggling last season with a 3-7 record, Bevin was able to visibly show he is a D1 caliber receiving target at multiple positions on the offensive side of the football. His special teams play is fun to watch too and after a full evaluation of this young man's work ethic during the off-season, I begin to see why his combine numbers are among the nation's top, as far as his position is concerned. With 30 receptions for 400 total yards and versatility on the football field, this hard working student-athlete is going to continue to mold into one heck of a college football player! Congrats on being selected as a Scout Trout Class of 2019 All-American and keep up the outstanding work, on and off the field that earned you the #9 ranking at slot receiver in the nation!
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