National Signing Day Countdown: 3-Star Diamonds In The Rough

    As National Signing Day inches closer, plenty of attention will be paid to the 5-star and 4-star recruits. But here are some 3-star diamonds in the rough to keep in mind as the recruiting cycle winds down.

    January 31, 2017

    As National Signing Day inches closer, plenty of attention will be paid to the 5-star and 4-star recruits. But here are some 3-star sleepers to keep in mind as the recruiting cycle winds down. 

    Everyone wants to know where this 5-star recruit will sign or whether or not that 4-star prospect will flip. But too often people forget that recruiting rankings are quite flawed, and a ton of lower-rated recruits go on to have successful careers.

    Guys like J.J. Watt, Antonio Brown, Jordy Nelson, Joe Staley, Alex Mack, DeMarcus Ware were all underrated, and that list goes on ad infinitum.

    So while everyone wants to have a top-10 recruiting class, we need to pay attention to some names capable of having big impacts at their respective schools and beyond. Here are a some 3-star sleepers as National Signing Day approaches.

    3-Star RB Malik Davis – Florida

    Davis is an extremely patient runner. That’s the first thing that jumps off the tape. He won’t put himself in tough situations, instead he reads blocks well and is quick through the hole. Davis doesn’t have the top-end speed you want, but he can accelerate and pick up chunks of yardage. He’s extremely well balanced when he runs, sees the field well and rarely ever goes down on initial contact.

    3-Star ILB K.J. Britt – Auburn

    Britt diagnoses plays very quickly and swarms to the ball, annihilating ball carriers on impact. He sheds blocks easily and isn’t a liability in coverage. Able to deliver big hits at key moments, Britt will be a great fit for Auburn.

    3-Star QB Cade Weldon – Miami

    He has more athleticism than one would think, and can extend plays with his legs. Mostly, though, Weldon has a great feel of the pocket. He delivers frozen ropes and can put it where only his guy will get it. There’s also a nice touch on the deep ball. He’ll have some competition with N’Kosi Perry also headed to Coral Gables, but Weldon can shine under the tutelage of Mark Richt.

    3-Star CB Kobe Boyce – Texas

    He does a great job of putting himself between the receiver and the ball. If Boyce loses at the line of scrimmage, he recovers quickly. Boyce has great ball skills and isn’t afraid to step up and deliver a hit either.

    3-Star ILB DeCalon Brooks – Florida State

    The son of former FSU and Tampa Bay Buccaneers star Derrick Brooks, DeCalon is very agile and just as aggressive. He delivers big hits now and again but is a real threat as a pass rusher off the edge. He’s a little undersized at 5-foot-11, 197 lbs, but he’s an extremely smart football player.

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