So, having done an initial in-person evaluation on Symonette, where do we see the 6-9, 330-pounder in the State's Pecking Order?
I think Symonette has an excellent shot to grab the No. 1 overall spot in the Preseason Texas Top 200 (releasing early June). Without a doubt, everyone in the country wants this kid, even if they don't yet know it.
Let's take a look at some of the concerns we addressed:
Is He Overweight?
Considering the kid eyeballs at 6-9, even if he's closer to 340 pounds, he's definitely not battling weight issues now when you're talking about spreading those pounds across that incredible frame of his.
Work Ethic: Mr. Frank Rutherford, Symonette's guardian, said, "I brought him here last year and he was weighing 400 pounds. In fact, that was a large part of why he suffered those injuries. Looking at that then -- weighing 400 pounds and injured last year -- it's hard to slim down the way he has without working extremely hard. So being down to 320 now, without being able to condition properly shows he has a work ethic."
Injury Status: Looked to be in very good health, to be at least 90 percent back. May have a little more rehab time left, but Symonette appeared to be fit for contact, and man can he dish it.
Not at all.
Experience: Played in an adult league in the Bahamas when he was just 15 years old against 20-30 year-old men. Was named MVP at the end of the year. Came over to the states last year, pre-2004 junior season, weighing 400 pounds and still collected a scholarship offer from Miami before playing a single down of his junior season.
NFL Comparison: Jonathan Ogden (but projects to be more athletic).
Summary: Symonette's ridiculous HT/WT/Athletic package makes him the most intriguing prospect I have seen thus far. He's agile, explosive, driven, focused, not to mention well coached/trained. Kid's a 5-star prospect, and should seriously contend for the No. 1 overall spot in the Texas Top 200 (releasing early June).