With the 2011 NFL draft quickly approaching us Scott Porter took a moment to breakdown 5 DB’s entering college football that you can expect to hear a lot about over the next four seasons. I think you will see an important key theme here. That is great work ethic, determination and character.
Jabari Gorman, S, Florida- (Miami, FL/Monsignor Pace H.S.)- 5’11”/175 (#21)
Gorman is a 3.8 GPA student who was very successful in High School as a RB/WR/DB. Jabari will be playing safety for Florida. Originally a Miami Hurricanes recruit, Jabari announced during the Under Armour All American game that he would be committing to Florida. Gorman became the first recruit ever at Florida under new coach Will Muschamp. Gorman brings terrific athletic ability, work ethic and plenty of versatility to Florida. Florida lost both starting S’s this season (Will Hill, Ahmad Black) and are looking for two S’s to step up into a starting role. One which appears to be Sophomore S Matt Elam and the other which will be challenged by a core of players including JR Josh Evans and a few FR in Josh Shaw, Jabari Gorman, Chris Johnson. With Gorman’s smarts, awareness and athletic ability expect him to see a lot of action as a true Freshman in Florida. Gorman was a four star athlete coming out with over 23 offers.
Nico Law, S, Iowa (Forestville, MD/ Bishop McNamara H.S.) -6’3”/195 (#21)
Nico is a terrific athlete who displays great size and speed combination. He displays great ball skills, takes good angles and reads and reacts well. He is a punishing hitter who brings it on all aspects that you want from a safety. Law had offers and elected to play at the University of Iowa. Iowa lost starting S’s Tyler Sash and Brett Greenwood this year and are in need of a safety to step up and take fill the void that each Sash and Greenwood held since their Freshmen seasons. Nico has all the talent and tools in the world to be an elite NFL prospect down the line. Keep an eye on this prospect and remember the name Nico Law.
Jordan Lomax, CB, Iowa (Hyattsville, MD/DeMatha H.S.) 5’10”/185 (#27)
Jordan has originally committed to play football at the University of Virginia. However, days prior to national signing day Lomax had a change of heart and committed to the University of Iowa. Lomax supported a 4.0 GPA this semester and displays great work ethic and determination. Lomax has an estimated 40 time of 4.42. He has a nose for the football and is dangerous anytime the ball is in his hands. He has good hands to make the INT, and most importantly in a CB has tremendous coverage skills. Jordan figures to make an impact right away and with Shaun Prater graduating after this season is in the hunt for a starting CB job early in his career. Lomax had over 12 offers.
Nick Waisome, CB, Florida State (Groveland, FL/South Lake H.S.) 5’10”/175 (#24)
Waisome has a great feel for the game. He was already busy breaking down college football games before he had even made a verbal commitment to a team. Waisome had originally committed to Florida but had a change of heart and switched his commit to Florida State. Waisome is a tough/physical play, who plays with a lot of smarts. Again, another great character guy with a good GPA. Waisome excels in man to man coverage and is a very good tackler. He moves from sideline to sideline well and has great closing and recovery speed. Waisome has a lot of talent in front of him at Florida State but it will be hard to keep him off the field early on. Expect to see a lot of Waisome early on making and impact for the Seminoles. Waisome had over 28 offers.
Avery Walls, S, California (McDonough, GA/Eagles Landing Christian H.S.) 5’11”/184 (#4)
Avery had over 33 college offers and decided on California just in time to enroll early to attend spring ball at California. Avery is one of the hardest hitting DB’s from this year’s recruiting class. He displays great character and work ethic, and you will never have to worry about him selling himself short. Walls is very versatile and California will be able to use him in many different ways. Avery hits like a linebacker and covers like a cornerback. You will see him playing S for California and he looks to make an impact right away and earn a starting job before long. Walls has a tremendous edge already with his knowledge of the game.