Bio: Last season at 160 pounds Aaron Verlinde played linebacker for the 7-4 St. Mary's Knights. Although undersized, Verlinde managed to be one of the teams leading tacklers. This upcoming season Verlinde will make the switch from defense to offense, taking over the reigns of St. Mary's offense as QB. If Aaron has to play both sides of the ball look for him to move defensively from linebacker to his more natural position safety. Recently, Aaron was named Most Outstanding Safety at the ASU football camp. Aaron is a three year letterman and carries a 3.0 GPA.
Positions: Quarterback, Linebacker, Safety
Highlight tape and one full game tape.
Breakdown: Last season at LB Aaron was tremendously under sized but compensated with solid instincts which allowed him to read his keys, diagnose the play and get a piece of tackles. Once he got to the ball carrier, Verlinde was willing to "stick his nose in it" and take on bigger blockers and ball carriers. While watching the tape, I was impressed with Verlinde's ability to make tackles one on one in the open field. Where his lack of size was an advantage was when he dropped into coverage from his linebacker spot. He looked comfortable both in zone drops as well as covering backs out of the backfield.
Bottom Line: The opportunity to play QB for the Knights this season should help Verlinde become a more complete player. Last year playing as an undersized LB Verlinde was able to show his toughness. This year as a QB he will be given the chance to become a team leader as well as get a grasp of the overall game. With speed in the 4.6 range Verlinde's best bet at the next level is a move to safety.
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