The high school football season is near, which means scrimmages are taking place all over the East Region.
Last weekend, Scout stopped in to watch Philadelphia St. Joseph’s Prep scrimmage Philadelphia Imhotep at Tall Pines Camp, and there was loads of talent on the field.
In this installment, Scout takes a look at the prospects on Imhotep, which reached the Class AA title game in Pennsylvania last season.
D.J. Moore, WR, 6-1, 190
Skinny: Moore, who is committed to Maryland, made plenty of strides since his junior season, and was one of the most impressive players at the scrimmage. He got off the line well, caught the ball with his hands away from his body and was quick to secure the catch. Moore showed elusiveness by making yards after the catch, and also got behind the secondary and hauled in a nice deep ball. Moore also demonstrated a willingness to block, and was physical in the way he did so in the run game.
Naseir Upshur, TE, 6-2, 235
Skinny: The class of 2016 Upshur is versatile and physical. He was split out and also played with his hand on the ground. He made a huge mark in the running game with his ability to fire off the ball, stay low and be physical. He is a tremendous blocker, and also is a good pass catcher. Upshur, who holds double digit offers, didn’t allow the ball to get into his body. He was quick to tuck it and turn up the field and tackling him is not easy chore for linebackers or defensive backs.
Shaquille Jones, LB, 6-1, 205
Skinny: Illinois and Cincinnati are the finalists for the athletic Jones, who ran well and was able to get to the sideline to make plays. He did a good job filling gaps and has the length and athleticism to succeed in coverage. He also was one of the leaders on defense. Jones needs to add strength and size, and get more comfortable shedding blocks and getting to the ball carrier, but the talent is there.
JohnCarlo Valentin, OL, 6-3, 320
Skinny: Valentin holds offers from Massachusetts and Temple, and is a 2016 prospect worth charting. He got off the ball quickly and was physical. He did his best work in the run game where his initial punch stood out. He needs to work on getting to the second level and his pass protection, but he moved his feet well and has a ton of promise.
Yasir Durant, OL, 6-4, 320
Skinny: Durant was one of the nice surprises of the day. The class of 2016 prospect played left tackle and used his long arms and strength to do well on the edge. He needs to work on his flexibility so he can get lower, and improve his foot speed, but he was good with shooting his hands and getting them inside on the defensive end, and showed power in blocking the run game.
Shaka Toney, DE, 6-3, 207
Skinny: The class of 2016 prospect already holds offers from Vanderbilt and Buffalo and Temple, Rutgers and Michigan are showing interest. He needs to add size, but he is explosive and runs well. He chased a play down 50 yards down the field, and was in on the tackle. He gets off at the snap quickly, but needs to get stronger so he can disengage from the blocker and make the play. He has the length and athleticism to drop into coverage that this point, and should keep it even when he adds weight.
Tyliek Raynor, RB, 5-10, 185
Skinny: Part of the loaded 2016 class at Imhotep, Gaynor didn’t have a ton of carries but looked good running between the tackles. He was able to manipulate his body to get through small openings and was physical. He showed a good feel for running in the middle of the line of scrimmage.
Mike Waters, RB, 5-9, 185
Skinny: Waters and Raynor will make a nice 1-2 punch in the backfield. He has good feet and is tough to arm tackle. He executed a nice spin move down the field and is creative in his running style. He can run between the tackles and get to the outside, and if he improves his speed a bit, his recruitment will take off.
Justin Harris, WR, 6-1, 170
Skinny:Harris, a class of 2018 prospect, is yet to play a varsity game and did his work with the underclassmen in the scrimmage, but the way he explodes out of breaks, his length and the strength in his hands in catching the ball stood out. Add in he’s already long and has a nice frame, and the fact he’s got four years of developing in his future, and he is a name to watch.