Recruiting Analysis: QB Chas Dodd

Due to the recent visit of QB Chas Dodd, SOR thought that it would be a good idea to take a look at his film to identify his strengths as well as weaknesses to ultimately assess how he would be able to help the Scarlet Knights. There is very little not to like about the young South Carolinan. He appears to have what it takes to do what matters most; which is put points on the board. Take a look.

Has height truly become such a necessary attribute in the selection process for an FBS football player? I guess it has, because after watching film on Chas Dodd, the only reason that I can identify to explain his currently short offer list is his height or lack thereof. The first thing that stands out about Chas is his confidence. At 6'0 flat, Dodd still exhibits the ability to be an accurately efficient passer who delivers a good ball with a quick release.

His balls seem to get there in a hurry which is a sign of his prominent arm strength and velocity. This ability to throw balls on a rope allows for him to routinely squeeze the football into tight spots. It appears that Byrnes runs some variation of the spread offense where Dodd routinely appears to pick apart defenses with a gun slinger mentality. He moves to throw the ball as well as I have seen. His terrific footwork allows him to buy time in order for his receivers to find soft spots in the defense.

Although he currently appears to run a lot of plays out of the shotgun, he also appears to be under center a significant amount of time as well, which would ease his transition to the Scarlet Knights offense.

Dodd masters the somewhat lost art of the intermediate passing game while also keeping his vision downfield. This ability allows for him to pick apart defenses with efficiency because of the options that he allows himself.

He utilizes his footwork not necessarily to take off for big gains, although he has the speed and fluidity to run for first downs as well, but instead to create movement and space in the pocket as well as to keep plays alive long enough for his receivers to finally create separation. Chas can also sense the pass rush and can often be seen shifting the momentum of a play towards the side of the field containing the defense's weak side at any point in time. He also has the unorthodox ability to throw a good ball without having his shouilders squared.

The only knock that I could find about Dodd, is that since he can move so well, he sometimes takes off before letting plays develop. He plays so fast and although it benefits him for the most part, there are times where it can be a detriment to the progression of the offense. Therefore, he tends to not often stand tall in the pocket for a long amount of time which certain staffs would consider a plus.

I believe that one of the reasons why his movement is so good is simply because he feels the need to do so in order to obtain a clear line of sight. He definitely has a big enough arm to throw a deep ball good enough to catch a receiver in stride as long as his view is not obstructed. He also has a bit of a baseball pitcher throwing motion which I believe will be greatly improved by a talented collegiate quarterback coach.

Overall, Chas Dodd is a terrific football player and a winner. He reminds me of a taller Doug Flutie with a bigger arm. A confident warrior like this can help you win a lot of games as long as he is put in a situation to play the game in a similar fashion as to how he plays in high school. Utilizing movement via play-action, waggle and rollouts will make Dodd highly successful in the Rutgers offense.

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