7-on-7: Andrew Kelson Eval

Marching forward in highlighting the Texas 7-on-7 tournament standouts, we bring you this prospect eval on Texas DB commit <B>Andrew Kelson</B>.

While Kelson has played rover/safety, wide receiver, running back and even kicker/punter for his Houston Lamar football team, 7-on-7 is a different animal. It's essentially a passing game. So, Lamar head coach Tom Nolan had Kelson playing receiver on offense and safety (his projected college position) on D. And though he played both ways, he did grab periodic (much-needed) breathers on the offensive end while never leaving the field when his team was playing defense.

I had already eyeballed and I'll remind you once again: he is every bit the 6-2, 210 we list him at. Has ideal size for a safety, and not too shabby size for wideout, either.

Safety: Kelson's responsibilities primarily consisted of not allowing anyone to beat his team deep, at least on his side, while also breaking on the ball when thrown to any of the two receivers running routes on his side of the field. Essentially, he provided help to the DBs playing man and almost always read correctly on which corner to assist.

Although I would have preferred to see him in man -- to better assess his coverage skills -- the role he played concerning Lamar's defensive strategy, overall, was more advantageous in its quest to get the 'W'.

Wide Receiver: That said, I got more satisfaction and a better feel for how this kid stacks up (talent-wise) in watching the 4-star bluechipper on offense. Without question, kid can play receiver. As a matter of fact, I'm convinced Kelson could play that position for any D-I program in the country. He was that impressive.

The 1st-team All-Greater Houston pick showed decent route-running, great hands, excellent physicality for the position and more than enough speed. Unfortunately, as no one I saw was capable of matching up against the Kwame Cavil-like Kelson, the ball did not get to him nearly enough.

B0TTOM LINE: I'm not sure receiver wouldn't be the best position for this kid. However, everyone in the country wants 6-2, 210-pound safeties with the speed to cover receivers as offenses are increasingly opting for more multiple wide receiver sets. Kelson's measurables, speed and athleticism fit the safety prototype to a 'T'. Hence, his college projection as a safety. And from an athletic/physical/size/speed standpoint, Kelson, along with Fort Worth Dunbar's Bobby Tatum, are simply without peer regarding the '04 crop of high school DB prospects in Texas. After those two, the drop off is pretty significant.

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