Mique Juarez

2017 College Freshmen Who Could Play Two Ways

July 21 -- Scout's national recruiting analysts put together a list of five 2016 college football freshmen who could play on both sides of the ball this fall, and there's a Bruin among them...

East Region, Brian Dohn

Maurice Ffrench, New Brunswick (N.J.) High — Signed with Pittsburgh

Scout's Take:  Ffrench is a dynamic athlete who has escapability in tight spaces as a slot receiver. He can make the big play on offense. Defensively, Ffrench can play cornerback because of his hip flexibility and his top-end speed. He is one of of the best athletes in the East's 2016 class, and only needs to add strength to be a big-time college football player.

Midwest Region, Allen Trieu

Donnie Corley, Detroit (Mich.) King — Signed with Michigan State

Scout's Take: I would say there are not many, or even any kids coming in who will play both ways, but the one with the best chance, in my opinion, is Corley. He has already established himself as a kid who will play this year as a wide receiver and yet, there are whispers that his long term potential at defensive back is so high, that he may eventually see snaps there. So while I don't necessarily see him playing both sides this year, he's the one with the best chance.

South Region, Chad Simmons

Mecole Hardman Jr, Elberton (Ga.) Elbert County — Signed with Georgia

Scout's Take:  Hardman Jr. is going to Georgia to focus on defense at cornerback, but do not be surprised if you see an offensive package for Hardman Jr. as early as this fall.  He is a dynamic athlete who is explosive, and UGA has nobody else like him on their roster.  He played quarterback in high school; that is how good he is with the ball in his hands.  He is likely to be drafted one day as a cornerback, but he is best today on the offensive side of the ball.

West Region, Brandon Huffman

Mique Juarez, Torrance (Calif.) North — Signed with UCLA Bruins

Scout's Take:  Before he became the No. 1 outside linebacker in the 2016 class, Juarez was known more as a quarterback.  In fact, his senior season, where he was named California Medium Schools Player of the Year, it was on offense where Juarez did the majority of his damage, rushing for 36 touchdowns and almost 1,400 yards.  He still racked up 146 tackles too.  So while he’ll play linebacker at UCLA, the last time the Bruins brought in a linebacker like Juarez, it was Myles Jack, who was named the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year on offense AND defense.  Juarez will likely focus on defense, but with the Bruins going to more of a power-running offense, don’t be surprised to see Juarez get some goal line touches or short yardage carries for UCLA.

Jack Jones, Long Beach (Calif.) Polytechnic — Signed with USC

Scout's Take:  USC has already shown their willingness to use players on both sides, with Adoree Jackson starting at corner, but seeing the ball as a receiver while also being one of the best returners in the Pac-12.  Jones is a similar player to Jackson, able to play a number of spots.  He was ranked as the No. 1 athlete in the 2016 class by Scout and was one of the purest lockdown corners in the country.  But it was actually at receiver where he first saw his recruitment taking off before playing corner during the spring last year and showing his skill-set there.  He’s dangerous with the ball in his hands, some of the best instincts you’ll find from a player, and with Jackson likely gone to the NFL after the season, don’t be surprised if Jones starts being used in that role this year to do more of it when Jackson is gone.


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