Scout evaluates physical, big CB Jarrett Paul, who committed to Rutgers

Scout breaks down new Rutgers commit Jarrett Paul, a cornerback from Paraums (N.J.) Catholic.

Profile: Jarrett Paul

Position: Cornerback

High School: Paramus (N.J.) Catholic

Height: 6-1

Weight: 189

Recruiting: Paul committed to Rutgers and also had an offer from Buffalo. He made a recent visit to Boston College.

Scouting Report: Paul, who transferred from New York City's Christ The King, will get tested during his senior season as he plays in the Big North, one of the toughest conferences in the nation.

He jams well at the line of scrimmage, and that is a big part of his game. Paul is quick with his hands and strong in re-routing the receiver. He needs to improve his strengh, but his punch is strong and he is balanced.

He shows quick feet and an ability to turn his hips and get into coverage. He has hip looseness and his footwork is good.

In the passing game, the biggest question with Paul is his acceleration coming out of breaks and his top-end speed. Rutgers likes to play man-to-man with its cornerbacks, and when running the defense well, safety help is not readily available to the outside. The question will be whether he runs well enough to handle playing in the defense. From the standpoint of being physical, he can do it.

Paul has good ball skills and he reads plays well, but he needs to continue to work on his acceleration out of breaks so he can stay on the hip of a receiver.

In the running game, Paul gets off blocks quickly and he accelerates down hill to make tackles. His body control is an asset and he can set the edge.

Final Analysis: Paul brings versatility, and his ability to jam at the line of scrimmage and willingness to be physical in the running game makes him the style of cornerback Rutgers wants. The question is whether he can increase his speed, and his acceleration out of breaks. Cornerback is the first option, but he possesses safety skills as well.

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