NSD Scouting Report: Hassan Ridgeway

One-by-one, we'll take a look at every member of the Texas recruiting class.

Ridgeway is an interesting package of physical gifts that he has yet to totally put together on the football field. It's interesting, then, that the Longhorns decided they'd give him a whirl after watching him on the basketball court.

Other than Mario Edwards Jr. and possibly Javonte Magee, no end in the state has the combination of size and speed that Ridgeway brings to the table. When last I saw him, Ridgeway stood 6-4 and his weight had ballooned north of 260 pounds. And he still runs well enough that he could be a top tight end, stretching the seams downfield. At the same time, he doesn't quite have that explosive burst off the ball that you'd like to see out of a pass-rusher, and he is raw in terms of his pass rushing moves.

So Ridgeway could be considered a strength, or bull-rush end. But he needs to learn how to use his hands better, and even more specifically than that, he needs to show out on a play-by-play basis. Make no mistake: Ridgeway is one of the most talented players in the in-state class, but he doesn't always have the level of production you'd expect from a player with that ability level.

Still, you'd rather have a player with a potential elite-talent level, and Ridgeway certainly has that. If the Texas coaches can coax the ability out of him, he has the potential to be another outstanding defensive end on the 40 Acres.


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