Live Evaluation: D.J. Humphries

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Mallard Creek's Jela Duncan had over 200 yards rushing against Butler Friday night and much of that was behind D.J. Humphries. Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons was on hand to scout Humphries and you can see his thoughts here.

Prospect: D.J. Humphries
Location: Charlotte, N.C.
High School: Mallard Creek
Position: Offensive Tackle
Size: 6-5/270
Class: 2012
Recruiting Notes: Committed to Florida.

Live Evaluation: Humphries is a very athletic offensive tackle. I knew that going in and he showed it again on Friday night. He plays so light on his feet, he showed a nice slide-kick, and he is fun to watch as he gets down field looking to block someone.

In the running game, once he locked his hands in, he controlled the man in front of him consistently in this game. He had a handful of pancake blocks and one of the things that stood out as much as anything to me in this game was how he was constantly looking for guys to block. He kept his open, he kept his head up, and he got his hands on three different people in one play. He fired off the ball well, he has excellent flexibility, he had a good night in this department.

In pass protection, all the defensive linemen he went against were smaller than him, but not many, if any were as quick. He wasn't really challenged here. He ran guys out and he held them at bay for the most part. There were a few times he let the ends get their hands on him and knocked him back a little. He needs to work on his hand placement and using his length more to his advantage.

Overall, Humphries performed like expected. He is in excellent shape, he still needs to develop physically more and to play with more force, but he is one of the best out there. His athleticism continues to stand out. He has great knee-bend, he gets in and out of his stance well, and his best football is ahead of him.

As he adds more weight and strength, he will become more dominant at the point of attack. He can let people get into his body at times and he needs to work on holding his blocks longer as well.

Chad Simmons started out with Scout in 2003 covering top talent in Georgia and the South. He then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager. After less than three years, Simmons was moved to National Recruiting Analyst in July 2011.
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