With size and speed (4.4 - 40) Sherman saw South Florida, Illinois, Central Florida and Cincinnati offer while Auburn invited him in for a late visit. But while staying close to home would have been the easy choice, Sherman was looking for a home to make a statement and for a program that would give him a chance to show his skills early. Cincinnati was the choice and after watching Jason's video it's easy to see why the Bearcat coaches will be singing the praises of Jason Sherman when they receive his signed National Letter of Intent next Wednesday. What will Jason Sherman bring to the Bearcats? Lets breakdown his tape and expose his strengths and weaknesses.
Any receiver that stands 6'4 will get the attention of a college recruiter. But put a 4.4 40 time with that size and college programs droll over the thought of the prospect wearing their uniform for four seasons. That is the biggest strength Jason Sherman brings to the field. But while most receivers only look to catch a pass and gain yards, Sherman like to deliver hits to unprepared defensive backs. Crack-back blocks and looking to open lanes by making key blocks all over the field is a strength many receivers shy away from, as you will see in his video, Jason Sherman looks to flatten defenders every chance he gets.
But blocking isn't the only thing this under the radar prospect is able to do. Remember, Sherman didn't play football until his senior year as he felt basketball was going to be his sport. Just like many hoop players who find football late they show the ability to use their hands and feet with great flexibility. Sherman still needs some work on his receiving skills (catches ball with body) but he also shows the ability to grab the ball with his hands and gain positive yardage after the catch. His breakaway speed will cause problems for defenders if they take a wrong angle and misjudge where he's going. So when Sherman takes the field in preseason camp don't be surprise if he makes a few defensive backs look silly.
Another area I like from such an inexperienced player is his ability to go across the middle and to give up his body to make a play. For a fist year player you don't expect to see these skills. Sherman is full of potential and still needs some work leaning more about the position, but overall he shows the ability to be a steal in this class and a true playmaker.
The lack of experience may have keep some colleges from getting involved early, but they will soon learn they missed out on a top prospect. While only getting a 2-star ranking, Sherman is under rated and should be at least a 3-star. If he would have played football before his senior season you could even consider him a 4-star prospect. But the fact remains he's only played two handfuls of football games and will need to learn the smaller things that make a complete receiver in any system.
The other area Sherman will need to work on is catching the football with his hands and not his body. He does a great job of doing this when the ball is out in front of him, but some passes look like they handcuff him. His great athletic ability allows for much of this to be hidden on tape but its there.
If I was to name one area as his biggest weakness it would be football IQ. Jason Sherman will need to hit the film study room and take advantage of early admissions so he can really learn what is needed at the receiver position.
This is a steal for the Bearcats staff in this class. Jason Sherman shows all the tools needed to succeed at the next level. Speed, height, and great athletic ability will set him apart fast from the other receivers in the program. But my only real concern is his ability to adjust to football being his full-time sport. Watch the film and I'm sure you will see a player that can fit into the receiver rotation as a true freshman when camp opens.
Jason is number 23. Watch for not only great plays, but some great blocks to open runners.
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