Jacob Eason The Next Matthew Stafford? 13 Prospects That Remind Us of Superstars

Feb. 1 -- While evaluating these high school football phenoms, Scout’s recruiting experts were struck with deja vu...

With National Signing Day fast approaching, we posed a question to our recruiting experts: Which big-name recruits remind you of even bigger names currently in college or the NFL? Here's what they had to say. 

Prospect: Tavien Feaster - Spartanburg (S.C.) HS - RB

Committed to: Clemson

National ranking: 27

Reminds us of: Jamaal Charles

Tavien Feaster looks and plays like Charles, one of the NFL's finest backs.  Both are about speed and versatility.  Like Charles, Feaster is more of a slasher who is best on the perimeter and when he catches the ball out of the backfield.

Prospect: Jonathon Cooper - Lincoln HS (Gahanna, Ohio) - DE

Committed to: Ohio State

National ranking: 35

Reminds us of: Von Miller

Like Miller, who has 50 sacks in five seasons since he left Texas A&M, Cooper is a hybrid edge rusher who can play in space, but his forte is coming after the quarterback. 

Prospect: Jacob Eason - Lake Stevens (Wash.) HS - QB

Committed to: Georgia

National ranking: 7

Reminds us of: Drew Bledsoe and Matthew Stafford

Scout experts were split on who Eason evokes most. Eason is headed to Stafford’s alma mater (Georgia) and hails from Bledsoe’s home state of Washington, but the similarities don't stop there.

Eason and Bledsoe have lean 6-5 frames and even have similar throwing mechanics. Like Bledsoe, Eason is more mobile than given credit for, and he has a huge downfield arm. That arm has drawn comparisons to Stafford’s, too, and Eason’s accuracy and consistency match those Stafford possessed as a prep.

Prospect: Devin Duvernay - Sachse (Tex.) HS - WR

Committed to: Baylor

National ranking: 41

Reminds us of: Corey Coleman

Talk about an uncanny resemblance. These two prospects are similar in so many ways. They are not only going to be attending the same college, but they are listed at 5-11 and both ran a 4.3-4.4 range 40-yard dash. Both are Dallas-metro prospects, with their high schools separated by 16 miles.

Prospect: Andrew Fitzgerald - Marcus HS (Flower Mound, Tex.) - DE

Committed to: Texas

National ranking: 108

Reminds us of: Justin Smith

Fitzgerald shares eerie similarities with Smith, a 14-year NFL veteran and five-time Pro Bowl defensive end. The 6-5, 250-pound Fitzgerald is a natural strong-side 4-3 defensive end who is excellent versus the run and the pass, but, like Smith did for many years, would fit just fine in a 3-4 alignment because of his strength and frame potential.

Prospect: Shea Patterson - IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)  - QB

Committed to: Mississippi

National ranking: 4

Reminds us of: Drew Brees

Drew Brees helped paved the way for a player like Patterson, the No. 1 rated quarterback in the nation.  Patterson doesn’t have Peyton Manning or Tom Brady height, but he has a great arm, he works as hard as anyone, and he throws with great accuracy.  Even though he is just a shade over 6-1, he plays big and he has a bright future.

Prospect: Cameron Chambers - Timber Creek HS (Sicklerville, N.J.) - WR

Committed to: Michigan State

National WR ranking: 50

Reminds us of: Aaron Burbridge

Chambers is a big, physical future Spartan and a doppelganger of Burbridge, who finished his career with the Spartans in 2015 as the Big Ten wide receiver of the year. 

Prospect: Bryan Edwards - Conway (S.C.) High  - WR

Committed to: South Carolina

National WR ranking: 47

Reminds us of: Alshon Jeffery

Edwards will pleasantly remind South Carolina fans of the former Gamecock great. Both are big, physical receivers with great body control and soft hands. Edwards, a four-star rated receiver, is every bit the red zone target Jeffery was out of high school. 

Prospect: Justin Layne - Benedictine (Cleveland) - WR

Committed to: Michigan State

National ranking: 193

Reminds us of: Tony Lippett

Layne has a skill set that compares very closely to Lippett, a former Spartan wideout. Layne has great length for the receiver position, and, like Lippett, who played with the Miami Dolphins last season, just might have a future playing cornerback one day. 

Prospect: Theo Howard - Westlake HS (Westlake, Calif.) - WR

Committed to: UCLA

National ranking: 49

Reminds us of: Marqise Lee

Lee had a brilliant career at USC, and Howard will play for their hated rival. But these two receivers are kindred spirits from a scouting perspective. Howard is an explosive playmaker with speed and the ability to make big plays after the catch. He's a true home-run threat and, like Lee — who caught 73 passes and 11 touchdowns as a true freshman — should make an early impact.

Prospect: Nick Bosa - St. Thomas Aquinas HS (Ft. Lauderdale) - DE

Committed to: Ohio State

National ranking: 5

Reminds us of: Joey Bosa

Joey, the All-American Buckeye and current NFL draft prospect, was highly touted coming out of high school but not as much as younger brother, Nick, the No. 1 defensive end in the nation.  Buckeye fans will be thrilled to get the same kind of production out of the younger Bosa as big brother provided.

Prospect: Greg Little - Allen (Tex.) High - OT

Committed to: Mississippi

National ranking: 2

Reminds us of: Laremy Tunsil

As the No. 2 prospect overall, Little enters Ole Miss as a bit more highly touted prospect; Tunsil was the No. 7 recruit in the country in 2013. Both earned their ranking as the No. 1 OT in the country and are physically similar, in the 6-6, 290-315 range. Little should make an instant impact, fittingly taking over for Tunsil, who was also a day-one contributor at Ole Miss and now could be a top 5 NFL Draft pick. 

Prospect: Kaden Smith - Marcus HS (Flower Mound, Tex.) - TE

Committed to: Stanford

National ranking: 38

Reminds us of: Greg Olsen

Stanford four-star commit Kaden Smith, the nation's No. 2 tight end prospect, is a Greg Olsen starter kit. He's a true inline tight end who can block in the run game, but also provide a devastating weapon in the passing game. Smith (6-5 1/2, 235) is nearly the same size as Olsen (6-6, 242). In addition to his inline, hand-on-the-ground ability, Smith is dangerous as an H-back, in the slot, and at outside receiver. A complete tight end prospect.

Contributors: Greg Biggins, Brian Dohn, Allen Trieu, Bill Greene, Chad Simmons, Brandon Huffman, Gabe Brooks and Greg Powers


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