Luckily Rob Gidel is still in Florida, scouting and evaluating tape for the 2006 season. He used his contacts in Florida to get him some tape on Sam Maxwell - UK's newest verbal commitment. <i>InsideKentucky.com</i>'s recruiting analyst, reviews his notes and compiles his in-depth scouting report on the new linebacker commitment. Check it out ...
Sam Maxwell's versatility. What can you say about the kid - he's got the speed and size to play a variety of positions at the high school level, utilizing his terrific speed and build to dominate games. At 6-foot-3 - he's got the frame, and with the 4.6 speed - he's got the moves.
Grades are an issue for Maxwell off the field. It's going to be a close race to the end to see if he qualifies to even enroll in January. Experience is the issue on Maxwell on the field. Finding a consistent position has really plagued Maxwell's recruitment status and now that Maxwell has finally found a home at linebacker he is going to need to do his homework to catch up more experienced players. Prior to his arrival at the linebacker spot, Maxwell did everything but hold the clipboard at Hart County High School. What he needs is time to learn.
Definite impact guy that reminds me of Johnny Williams out of high school. Oddly enough, it looks like he might follow Williams' lead and grayshirt if his passing test score doesn't come in like planned. He's got great size, forward speed and a nose for the football that other linebackers don't have. I love the way he anticipates as well. Maxwell took some great angles in the game I watched on film. He needs some work on his quickness, both to the ball and laterally. That comes with experience and practice. He'll also need to learn how to remain in position. He sometimes gets lost in translation and tries to use his athletic ability to make up for it. He may get away with it at times in high school, but not in the Southeastern Conference.
Because Maxwell just came out of his shell this season, you can anticipate the rating and rankings to be lower. These are, however, the kids UK has not found in the past and the ability to find a kid such as Sam Maxwell this season is key for the Wildcats recruiting success. Good pickup and solid addition to the class, especially if he grayshirts like Johnny Williams did a year ago. A year of lifting, learning and getting in the weight program at UK would do this young man wonders for his career.