OXON HILL, Md. -- Oxon Hill hosted Surrattsville (Clinton, Md.) Sept. 30 in a Prince George’s County class 4A matchup. Terrapin Times was on hand to scout Oxon Hill four-star 2018 receiver Daniel George, a 6-foot-2, 200-pounder with offers from UMD; Syracuse; Louisville; Rutgers; Boston College; Iowa; NC State; WVU; Va Tech and more
Our take on his game is below, while an interview can be viewed above:
George has an ideal frame, and the all-around skill-set to become an impact downfield threat at the FBS level. He’s raw in certain areas, but with development he figures to be one of the most sought-after 2018 wideouts in the region.
It’s possible, however, George could eventually move to strong safety if he doesn’t shore up his technique. But regardless of his main position, George figures to have a role on special teams, as he’s a potentially dangerous return man.
Physically, the Oxon Hill prospect has a long, sinewy frame with room to add even more muscle to an already-developed upper body. George also possesses a wide wingspan and big, strong hands that can envelop the football.
At the snap, George quickly enters the route and gains momentum as he moves downfield. He’s not an elite speedster, but George has a long stride and can glide past defenders. Given the latter, he has the ability to take the top off and hit the home run.
As a pass catcher, George has sticky fingers and catches the ball away from his body. He readily high-points when passes are thrown over his head.
Furthermore, George has a good vertical, a wide catch radius and outstanding body control. He executes difficult grabs and beats defenders for jump balls down the field.
Plus, George can absorb contact and maintain control throughout the catch. He’s been known to range over the middle, take a hit and hold onto the football.
After the catch, George has the speed to pull away and the moves to make defenders miss. He’s difficult to wrap up in the open field, George showing the necessarily elusiveness to create yards. On top of that, he’s tough for cornerbacks to bring down since George is stronger than the average high school wideout.
It should also be noted that George is a fairly developed blocker since Oxon Hill likes to run the football. He’ll give up his body to seal the edge and spring the back.
To improve, George needs to refine his route running first and foremost. He has to become smoother and more fluid as he has some trouble transitioning/cutting. Additionally, his start-stop speed is sapped when he has to change direction. Thus, his hips must become looser and his footwork more precise when running more complicated patterns.
Speaking of which, George isn’t exactly asked to execute a wide array of routes. He’ll need to expand his tree over the next year, while also proving he can disguise his patterns and set up defensive backs. Right now, George mainly relies on his physical tools to beat defenders.
Next, George could stand to become more explosive out of his stance, readily eating up the cushion. He has a decent enough get-off, but with added burst he’d consistently be a threat to get behind the defense.
Moreover, George has to keep adding strength so he can readily defeat the jam and become an even more potent blocker. He’s fine at the high school level, but will need more bulk to hang at the top levels of college football.