BALTIMORE, Md. -- In an MIAA showdown between Gilman (Baltimore, Md.) and Calvert Hall (Towson, Md.), the host Greyhounds emerged with a 38-0 victory. TT was on hand to scout four-star class of 2017 CHC outside linebacker Tyshon Fogg, a prime Terps' target. Fogg ended up with five tackles and a fumble recovery.
An interview can be viewed in the video above, and a scouting report on Fogg can be seen below:
An aggressive outside linebacker with a standout skill-set and solid size and length, Fogg projects favorably to the FBS level. Physically, he stands 6-feet-2, 220-pounds with a sturdy base and a sinewy, long frame. Fogg is fairly developed for a high school junior, but he has more room to add bulk in the coming years.
Perhaps Fogg’s most marketable qualities are his initial burst and acceleration. He responds instantaneously at the snap, taking a hard first step and dashing upfield, seemingly gaining momentum with each forward stride. He quickly penetrates the backfield, flashing above-average closing speed as both a pass rusher and run defender.
When linemen engage Fogg, he uses his downhill thrust, violent hands and point-of-attack power to scrape off. He’s able to slip blocks, maintain forward momentum and continue pressing the backfield.
What’s more, Fogg possesses fairly loose hips and deft feet, allowing him to break down in space. It follows that he excels at readjusting to quick-twitch running backs on the edge, Fogg showing the ability to tackle in the open field. He’s an active edge setter, who can either close on his own or funnel backs to his teammates.
And when Fogg angles in, he finishes off his hits. He drops his hips, drives from his base and plows through his man, ensuring little to no leaky yardage. When fast-fibered backs attempt to deke by him, Fogg’s length; strength; and athleticism come in handy. He isn’t easily fooled by fancy feet, as shiftier runners rarely leave him flatfooted.
When tracking laterally, Fogg displays plus agility, as well as the ability to pick through the trash. Just like when he’s coming downhill, Fogg uses his long arms, aggressive hands and point-of-attack power to disengage and corral backs in the box.
Furthermore, Fogg can drop back and pick up receivers/tight ends in coverage. He’s athletic and deft enough to stick with his man and deny the receiver the ball.
To take his game up a notch, Fogg mainly has to continue honing his drops and all-around cover skills. While he does well enough against high school competition, Fogg’s transitions and awareness need to improve to hang at college football’s top levels.
Moreover, while Fogg is quick and closes well, he doesn’t possess elite speed. He’s not a sideline-to-sideline guy, so it’s possible he could have difficulties catching FBS runners in the open.
It would behoove Fogg to tighten up his closing angles too. Once in awhile he’ll take a roundabout route to the ball instead of bee-lining straight in. He also has to make sure he consistently maintains lane integrity and doesn't overpursue.
Also, Fogg could stand to add another rush move or two when blitzing. Right now, he mainly relies on his athleticism, downhill speed and bull-rush to penetrate, but will need to vary his hand techniques for the next level. Look for Fogg to develop a swim move and a feint-and-go in the next year or so.
Fogg could stand to be more decisive too. Sometimes he looks a little tentative when angling in, a result of not always properly reading the play. Thus, he must continue working on his field awareness.
Last but not least, Fogg has to keep building up his body and gaining strength. He’s a standout block shredder and gap attacker now, but will need more power to deal with elite college athletes.