Scouting Report: DB Darius Gaither

A closer look at Clemson commitment Darius Gaither. What needs work before he arrives on campus?

DB Darius Gaither
6-1, 180, 4.4
Fairfield Central High School
Winnsboro, South Carolina

Strengths: Speed. Darius Gaither has game-changing speed. He's athletic and is able to close quickly on the ball once its in the air. He also has the ability and speed to recover when beaten on the deep ball. He is dangerous on special teams, fearless returning the football and could be an answer in that area.

Weaknesses: Has yet to fill out his frame. He will need to gain weight in order to be a physical force in center field. Gaither needs to take better angles of pursuit at times. He has been able to rely on his speed instead of technique to this point.

Evaluation: Gaither covers a lot of ground and can turn a mistake into a big play. He will need to add mass and therefore may not see immediate playing time. Makes good cuts for a taller defensive back and has good instincts, but will need to work on technique as he does tend to rely on his natural abilities. His athletic ability is undeniable. He was slightly out of position at corner at the Shrine Bowl, but did manage to impress when he ran speedster Crezdon Butler down from behind on a long punt return.

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