UPPER MARLBORO, Md. -- In a first-round playoff game between Wise (Upper Marlboro, Md.) and Bowie (Md.), the host Pumas emerged with a 42-0 victory. TT was on hand to scout and interview Wise senior cornerback Myles Wolfolk, a prime Maryland target. He ended up with three tackles, an interception and two breakups on the night.
Our take on Wolfolk -- which is based off the Nov. 13 game and also film study from raw footage provided by the Wise staff -- can be seen below, while an interview is above:
Wolfolk is a physical corner who operates ably in press and zone, and can even transition to safety if need be. Given his size, quickness, field awareness and never-back-down style, Wolfolk projects well as a short-field corner (also known as a boundary corner).
Physically, the 6-foot-0.5, 195-pounder has a sturdy, well-built frame with room to add more muscle if needed. He has decent length and average hand size, to go along with a satisfactory vertical. Wolfolk isn’t the type of corner who possesses an NBA power forward’s wingspan and hops, but he has enough tools to succeed at the FBS level.
In press, Wolfolk plays right up on receivers and, at the snap, will either promptly thrusts his hands under their pads or flip his hips. He excels at disrupting routes and staying engaged in the five-yard window contact window. Wolfolk’s feisty and active at the line, almost like an irritating gnat.
After the wideout releases, Wolfolk shows the necessary quickness and start-stop speed to turn and run. He’s able to mirror routes down the field, typically maintaining inside position. Furthermore, Wolfolk transitions well, competently changing direction without losing momentum. It follows that the Wise corner possesses relatively nimble feet and short-area quickness, allowing him to stick to his man’s hip.
In the air, Wolfolk’s physicality comes back into play. He willingly works for position, rises up, and wrestles for the ball. Wolfolk even high points like he’s the intended target.
It should be noted that Wolfolk has above-average instincts and anticipation skills. He knows how to decipher routes and look for “tells” at the line, helping his read-react time. This makes up for whatever he may lack in pure speed and athleticism.
In zone, Wolfolk has the ability to fire forward and jump patterns. He plants well, drives downhill and bursts underneath his man. He also knows how to bring his hands inside to deny short, quick throws without coming through the receiver. Again, he’s extremely physical and has a nose for the football, so when Wolfolk bursts downhill he’s going for the pick and won’t shy away from contact.
Wolfolk also excels at sticking his back foot and changing direction to defend over-the-middle throws such as slants or crossing patterns. He doesn’t get caught flatfooted or lose steam when forced to shift his weight.
His instincts come in handy in zone too, especially when identifying/anticipating shorter routes. Wolfolk sits back, bates the quarterback, and and then accelerates forward to break up the pass.
Also, Wolfolk is an avid tackler out on the edge. He willingly takes on larger running backs in space, possessing enough strength and power to limit forward progress. Receivers, meanwhile, rarely escape Wolfolk’s grasp, the corner typically dropping them on contact.
To improve, Wolfolk mainly has to work on his fluidity and looseness. We detected some hip stiffness in both press and zone, which made him look a bit mechanical when turning and running. Furthermore, his backpedal needs to be smoother and tighter, especially when receivers run deep routes. Wolfolk is fine coming up the field and even transitioning laterally, but when forced to flip and track deep his movements aren’t second nature.
Also, Wolfolk doesn’t have standout speed, which is part of the reason why we projected him as a boundary corner as opposed to a field corner. He’s fast enough to run with most high school receivers, but No. 1 FBS wideouts could give him trouble on 9-routes and post-corners.
Wolfolk’s recovery speed is a bit iffy as well. If a receiver gets behind him by a couple steps, he’s probably not going to be able to make up the ground.
And while Wolfolk’s footwork is mostly on-point, he could stand to continue refining his steps/short-area quicks. Once in awhile you’ll see him get crossed when defending against more complicated patterns, particularly when a receiver dekes outside and then cuts back inside.
Finally, it would behoove Wolfolk to continue working on his lower-body strength to improve his explosiveness and vertical leap. Since he doesn’t have particularly long arms or a wide wingspan, it would help if he could leap a couple inches higher to sky above taller college wideouts.