Rated: Charles is a three-star prospect and ranked the No. 52 receiver in Scout.com’s 2015 class.
On Film: Charles, who plays at Haddonfield (N.J.) Paul VI, is as gifted as any receiver in the region. Having seen him in person a few handfuls of times, he is physical and tough to cover in short space. He uses his 6-foot-4, 210-pound frame well and understands how to shield defenders. He has long arms and big hands, and when he secures the ball, it usually stays in his possession.
He is a long strider and eats ground quickly in going over the middle or down the field. He gets into his breaks well but needs to work on coming out of them a little with a bit more fluidity.
When it comes to the ball in the air, Charles does a nice job tracking it, adjusting his body and remaining in control. The biggest area for him to work on is not getting frustrated when the ball doesn’t come his way as much as he would like.
Charles does a nice job of high-pointing balls, but on balls thrown on his tip or to his mid-section, he sometimes allows it to get into his body, which results in a much tougher catch.
In looking at Charles’ junior film (below), there is a ton to like. The first play is against four-star cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick of Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter’s Prep, and shows just how hard it is for a good tackler to bring down a player of Charles’ size alone.
At the one minute mark, Charles showcases his speed. Keep in mind, he 6-4, 210 pounds, and once he gets in the open field he can get to top speed quickly. At the 2:15 mark, he shows it again. Forget the end result. Just watch how quickly he gets off the line of scrimmage and runs past the cornerback.
At the 2:38 mark, Charles does well to adjust to the ball and reach over the defensive back to make the catch. It takes good footwork and body control to make such a play look incredibly easy and natural.
Finally, at the 3:25 mark, Charles shows an area of needed improvement. He does a nice job adding yards after the catch, but a college coach will be all over him to secure the ball and not swing it around for more skilled defenders will poke it away.
Recruiting Impact: Penn State already had the top receiver in New Jersey in Glassboro (N.J.) High’s Juwan Johnson, and adding Charles gives the Nittany Lions a nice daily-double in South Jersey.
In landing Charles and the 6-4 Johnson, Penn State has a pair of big-framed targets in the class. In addition to the four-star Johnson, the Nittany Lions also have a commitment from Ashburn (Va.) Briar Woods four-star receiver Brandon Polk, and barring something unforeseen, are done with recruiting the position, and for obvious reasons.
Not only is Penn State still hampered by the NCAA sanctions, which will limit the program to less than 85 scholarships, but the Nittany Lions brought in four last season in four-stars Saeed Blacknall and Chris Godwin and three-stars Troy Apke and DeAndre Thompkins.
Quotable: ““Everybody is just so loving and a big family, and everybody is together about everything. That’s one of the main things. When I committed, [Franklin] announced it and everyone went crazy. That was great and I wouldn’t get that anywhere but here.”
Final Thought: Charles is a fantastic talent with a very high ceiling, and his size makes a move to tight end in the future a realistic option. He competes hard on the field and can be a match-up nightmare for defensive backs or linebackers. Once he matures a little more and limits his play to the whistle, he can be an all-conference type of player.