In-Person Scout: Justin Stockton

Scouting Cibolo Steele's Justin Stockton from Steele's 46-45 defeat to San Antonio Madison.

I've probably seen Justin Stockton in person 10-15 times over the course of his career, dating back to his freshman year when he was the incredibly efficient (around 10 yards per carry) backup to five-star back Malcolm Brown. And so it's been fun, year-by-year, to see the improvements that the now-Texas Tech commitment has made.

Stockton's best trait, by far, is his elite-level straight-line speed. When you go to see him in person, he's going to break multiple runs of 20-plus. And when the blocking is right, he's somebody that can change the scoreboard in a hurry. Against Madison, two of Stockton's carries combined for 151 yards. He has that kind of explosion. Unfortunately, he didn't find much room to run on his other carries against the Mavs.

Overall, Stockton combined to rush 13 times for 186 yards, meaning that on his other 11 carries, Stockton rushed for 35 yards. A number of those were closed off, and that's where Stockton has improved a bit from last year. He's showing more power and drive in his legs, and in a couple of those cases, he moved the pile to get an extra couple of yards.

Generally speaking, Stockton has two weaknesses that keep him behind some of the other top scatbacks in the state. First is his size. Not only is he not that tall, but Stockton doesn't have the thick build that some other short players have. And the second, which isn't nearly as glaring, is the fact that he isn't great from an elusiveness standpoint. Stockton is more of a one-cut-and-go runner than somebody who can dance away from somebody. In fact, Stockton occasionally gets caught in space situations because he takes too long to make his move. He'll elude the first player, but get tackled by the second man arriving in pursuit. When he's in a situation where he can elude the first defender with a hard plant and cut, he typically blasts away from pursuit.

The other positive, especially with his Texas Tech commitment, is that Stockton can catch the ball out of the backfield. When combined with what he shows in straight-line speed, Stockton could be a wonderful weapon in the Red Raiders' scheme.

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