One of the quicker recruitments in the 2014 class was that of Newberry HS athlete Monte Seabrook. Seabrook was offered by Utah in October of last year, and within a couple weeks, decided to pull the trigger and commit to the Utes. The Utes were the first and only offer for Seabrook, but he was also receiving heavy interest from East Carolina and Iowa State at the time he committed. The biggest reason Seabrook flew so far under the radar is the fact that his school plays in one of the lowest divisions of high school football in the state of Florida. Combine that with the fact that Newberry High School doesn't produce a ton of division one talent, and it can be hard for a great athlete to stand out. Don't let the lack of offers and inferior competition fool you though, Seabrook is a tremendous athlete, and will be one of the better athletes on the Utah team from day one. He's also looking to bring some of that "Florida Swag," along with other Florida signees Tavaris Williams, DJ Law, Kenric Young and Andre Godfrey
As pointed out in the video above, Seabrook's best attribute is his ability to jump. Combine that with good speed and size, and you have a prototypical free safety. After a season with only 3 interceptions by the entire Utah defense, they desperately need someone that can play "centerfield" and go and high point a football for an interception. Although Seabrook is a great athlete, he'll need some fine tuning. Utah built some of their best teams around diamonds in the rough that were overlooked by most teams, and Seabrook is exactly that, a diamond in the rough. Utah won't be able to find long term success in the PAC 12 by just recruiting diamond in the rough type players, but Seabrook is a guy that has a very high ceiling due to his overall athleticism.
Prediction: As mentioned above, Seabrook is in need of a some fine tuning, and will get that during a likely redshirt year. Even though he wouldn't be on the field during game day, Seabrook is a guy that can absolutely make an impact on a team, as he increases the talent level on the scout team during the season. With two starting safeties graduating after the 2014 season, Seabrook will have his chance to make an impact as a redshirt freshman.
Incoming Player Projections: Monte Seabrook
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