Analysis: 2016 four-star WR Donnie Corley
Having seen Donnie Corley play multiple times, his length and athleticism are always key attributes he brings to the table. Saturday was no different. The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder played on both sides of the ball, but on the defensive side is where he stood out the most.
He played a mixture of cornerback and safety for King. A natural receiver, his ability to find the ball was key on two interceptions (one was called back due to King penalty). On his first interception, he undercut a underthrown ball to a De La Salle receiver, just playing center field on defense. His second interception he jumped the route, showing great field awareness, ending a key De La Salle drive late in the third quarter. However, his ability to come and make the necessary hits at the line of scrimmage were also worth noting, which means he’s not a afraid of a little contact.
Corley had a relatively quiet not offensively. De La Salle’s defense was playing stout. And both offenses never really got going, with King prevailing in the end 12-10. But what you do see on the outside with Corley is evident, he’s matchup problem with his size on the edge, and clearly can go up and get the ball the highest point.
National recruiting analyst Allen Trieu on Corley’s performance:
“Corley only had a couple passes thrown his way, but impressed us with his blocking as well as his play on defense. He had two interceptions (one called back), a pass breakup and chipped in on a couple stops. He has gotten bigger and stronger since last season and he's playing physically.”
Corley is going to have a tough decision moving forward, the word is playing receiver is his first love. Although, playing free safety at the next level may be his calling. No matter what position he chooses, he will have a chance to play early in college with his speed and athleticism at a skill position.
See for yourself
Please watch Corley’s highlights from his game against De La Salle below.