UPPER MARLBORO, Md. -- Here is a scouting report and recruiting update for Spalding (Severn, Md.) class of 2016 receiver/cornerback Brennon Dingle, who holds one offer from Maryland and is particularly high on the Terps. Dingle's Cavaliers took on Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, Md.) Aug. 30, and came away with a come-from-behind 33-27 victory. The 5-foot-9, 170 pounder ended up with one reception for 17 yards and two rushes for 16 yards, while recording six tackles and two forced fumbles on defense. He is being recruited by the Terps as a slot receiver.
As a receiver, Dingle lines up both out wide and in the slot, though he projects as an inside wideout at the next level. He is exceptionally quick off the line and gets into his routes rapidly. He's a ball of fast-fibers and has a certain suddenness to his game, almost like he's playing at a different speed than the rest of the players on the field. Dingle is a smooth, fluid runner, though he's not a long strider. Rather, he takes shorter, nimbler steps, but seems to eat up turf in a hurry. He only had one reception on the day, but Dingle turned the short pass into a 17 yard gain by going from zero to top speed in the blink of an eye. He has those secondary-splitting wheels and make-you-miss moves that separate slot receivers at the next level. Dingle didn't have a chance to show off his hands too much, but watching him warm up he seems to corral the ball naturally and possesses soft mitts. He also has a solid vertical as Spalding did toss him a jump ball that Dingle skied over the taller cornerback for and almost came down with. Dingle does need to hone his breaks and route running, as he wasn't always consistent with his footwork. While he's certainly quick, a few times he telegraphed his patterns or took too long to get into them. Dingle has to add strength and work on his blocking too.
As a cornerback, Dingle's speed and quick-twitch muscles allow him to hang with most receivers. But the most impressive part of his defensive game was actually how well he tackled. For a little guy, Dingle's a thumper and isn't afraid to tangle with big, physical wideouts. He gets low, follows through and wraps well, allowing little leaky yardage. Dingle also forced two fumbles on the day and each would be considered total "effort" plays, the first where he ranged over the middle to level a receiver and the second when he tracked across the field, caught his man from behind and ripped the ball away. In coverage, Dingle played exclusively zone and rarely played "up" on receivers. He showed solid field awareness and for the most part kept his man in front of him. That said, Dingle was beaten twice for long pass plays and would have surrendered a third if the receiver hadn't dropped the ball. Dingle has to work on his transitions, his feet and sticking to a wideout's inside hip. He could also stand to loosen up his hips in order to turn and run with elite receivers downfield. Becoming more adept in press coverage is a must as well.
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