Scout.com has confirmed that representatives from the Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, who will send their Director of College Scouting Chris Grier, and San Diego Chargers will be in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Saturday afternoon to observe the talent from Stanford and Wake Forest.
There are some intriguing prospects in this contest, but the top player on the field Saturday will be Wake Forest cornerback Brandon Ghee. At 6-foot, 190 pounds, Ghee is a physical cornerback with lock-down ability. He has excellent footwork, fluid hips and the tenacious attitude to deliver a devastating hit. He’s strong at the point of attack, aggressive throughout routes and has success against receivers of all sizes. He has a great sense of timing, possesses a quick burst and has the ball skills to turn defense into offense instantly. Scouts overlooked Ghee last year, as they were concentrating on Alphonso Smith and Aaron Curry. But in the midst of their scouting of Smith and Curry, they discovered Ghee and noticed his potential as an elite defender. Ghee is currently the 8th rated cornerback by Scout.com.
In last week’s game against Baylor, Ghee demonstrated his physical skills and led the team with nine tackles in a devastating 24 – 21 loss in their home opener. In addition to Ghee, the Demon Deacons have two more defenders scouts are interested in, defensive tackle Boo Robinson and defensive end John Russell.
For the visiting Stanford Cardinal, it’s the offensive side of the ball where scouts will direct their focus, and it all starts in the backfield with hard-nosed senior running back Toby Gerhart. At 6-foot-1, 235 pounds, Gerhart is a physical runner who excels between the tackles. He has great vision, shows patience and is a strong runner in the open field. He has good, but not elite speed and fights hard for extra yards. He doesn’t go down on initial contact, and when he’s eventually brought down, he always falls forward. He’s a willing blocker and has the strength to be successful in that area. He possesses good hands and can be a weapon in a passing game, but he hasn’t been utilized up to his capacity. Gerhart is coming off of a tremendous performance last week, where he carried the ball 23 times for 121 yards and two touchdowns in Stanford’s 39 – 13 victory over Washington State.Stanford has multiple players on their roster that scouts in attendance will keep an eye on; in addition to Gerhart, the offense has tight ends Jim Dray and junior Konrad Reuland, as well as offensive tackles Chris Marinelli and Matt Kopa, who’s out for the next 8 – 10 weeks with a broken bone in his foot that he suffered last week against Washington State. On defense, defensive end Erik Lorig, who recorded his first sack of the season last week, defensive tackle Ekom Udofia and middle linebacker Clinton Snyder, who had 7.5 tackles against Washington State, will be under the watchful eye of scouts on Saturday.
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