Eric Decker, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound wide receiver/defensive back from Cold Spring (Minn.) Rocori will be a three-year varsity starter in 2004. Eric has given the University of Minnesota his verbal commitment and the Gophers are getting themselves a good one.
Starters - Decker had 60 receptions for 895 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior. He also had 35 solo tackles and three interceptions from his cornerback position.
Eric was named all-conference and all-area in 2003. He's been a Gophers fan his entire life and that played a big part in his decision to commit early. Where will Decker play at "The U," wide receiver or defensive back?
Positives - Super motor. Very good balance and hand-eye coordination. Makes the tough catch look easy. Good acceleration after the catch. Can make people miss in the open field. Will sky and high point the football. Can catch in traffic and has soft hands. Good body control. Excellent quickness and change of direction in and out of his cuts. Will go over the middle to catch the football. Shows good burst on bubble screens and picks up a lot of yards after catch.
Negatives - Not a whole lot to mention here. Probably not a game breaker-type receiver in college, I actually liked Eric a little more on the defensive side of the football. He's very aggressive and a very good tackler in space. He'd be a very good free safety. Lacks separation speed. More quick than fast, a one-speed receiver.
Summary - Minnesota has a good one in the boat in Eric Decker. He's a very good athlete that could help out on offense or defense. Eric could end up being the go-to guy for the Gophers in a few years or he could be one of the top free safeties in the Big Ten. Tremendous potential and upside, solid get for Glen Mason and his staff.
Scouting Report - WR/CB Eric Decker
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