Commitment Analysis; LB Shaquille Quarterman
Offers: Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Ohio State, South Carolina and Tennessee Committed To: Miami (Fla.) What to Like Orange Park (Fla.) Oakleaf High School middle linebacker Shaquille Quarterman is an outstanding prospect especially given the fact he hasn't even started his junior year of high school. Quarterman caught my attention last year, before I knew who he was, at Florida's Friday Night Lights camp where he was clearly one of the most talented linebackers participating that night and he was only a rising sophomore at the time. He has outstanding size for a young middle linebacker, measuring in at 6-foot-1 and 239-pounds. Quarterman is a physical, aggressive and sure tackler who is outstanding against the run between the tackles. He uses good leverage and is strong at the point of attack. Quarterman plays downhill and excels at taking on and getting off lead blocks. When he plays with leverage he can be dominating. He runs well and is relentless in his pursuit of the ball. Quarterman does a great job of attacking ball carriers from the inside-out and shows flashes of being able to play sideline-to-sideline. Development, Improvement and Questions There are several things Quarterman needs to and should improve on just because of his lack of experience in still being a very young player. There are no glaring physical deficiencies in his game. There are some questions on his ability in pass coverage and about his change of direction because most of what you see on his highlight tape is versus the run and he is going downhill. There just isn't enough tape of Quarterman against the pass or changing direction to evaluate those two areas thoroughly. He needs to improve on and be more consistent with his footwork against the run. At times he has a tendency to take a false step (moves his lead foot backwards) when he comes out of his stance. He also needs to use his hands better when taking on and getting off lead blocks. Early Take Based of his early body of work, the ability he is already showing and the potential he possesses, the Hurricanes have to feel like they got an early commitment from one of the top middle linebackers in the state of Florida and maybe the southeast region of the country for the class of 2016. He should only get bigger, faster and stronger and because of this better as he continues to mature physically and as a football player. With two seasons of high school football left to play there is plenty of time to answer the questions about his ability to play in pass coverage as well as play out in space and change directions. He certainly shows the potential to be a dominate run-stopping linebacker who could possess the speed to make plays from sideline-to-sideline at the major college level.
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