In the first part of this four part series breaking down the offensive, defensive and a pre-spring depth chart I will breakdown the JUCO talent and give what stood out to me, skill sets, and how I think they will contribute next fall. We'll start off with the highest rated JUCO in the class: Marquez Clark.
Height and Weight: 6-0 180 lbs
What stands out: The kid has got some hops. In the video on K-State's site Clark made the DB's look silly as he just jumped over their heads to make the catch.Looks to give Collin Klein a nice big target for down field passing, especially in the end zone.
Skill Set: Jumping (see above). Agility- In one of the clips he successfully strafes the sideline for around 9 yards to avoid getting tackled. Hands- In several of the clips Clark took passes of over 40 yards and seemed to have no problem making the catch, plus with 98 receptions in a season you know this guy can catch.
Where he fits in: Clark should be an excellent addition to an already strong receiving corps that includes Tramaine Thompson, Chris Harper, a healthy Tyler Lockett and Curry Sexton and hopefully the return of Brodrick Smith from his injury/suspension/benching from last year. I would expect Clark to contribute right away and for his possible position in the depth chart to be anywhere from 1-4.
For more JUCO breakdowns keep reading after the jump.
Height and Weight: 6-1 190
What stand out: Speed. In addition to playing S he also lined up as a QB and when he got into space he turned on the rockets blasting for 15 yards in a very short period of time.
Skill set: Speed (see above). Man Coverage- He appeared to cover his man pretty well and was able to anticipate the pass. Ball Vision- Like I said above he has the gift of being able to sense where a QB wants to go before he throws the ball.
Where he fits in: Expect Kent to step right in to Tysyn Hartman's position and play well next to fellow Junior Ty Zimmerman. Just from the few videos I have seen of him and from what I have read it sounds like he could easily be better than Hartman and upgrade the Strong Safety position.
Position: OL (possibly T)
Height and Weight: 6-6 270
What stand out: Brute strength. It was amazing to see him just throw around defensive lineman. He was able to create holes for his backs and QB several times while keeping defensive ends at bay.
Skill set: Strength (see above). Blocking Vision- He does an excellent job of identifying and neutralizing the blitzer.
Where he fits in: Like the previous two recruits Rooks has a chance, albeit significantly less, to contribute right away at either the left tackle position taking over for Clyde Aufner or moving to guard to take over Colton Freeze. But at both positions he will have to deal with Jordan Allred at G and 6-8 311 Cornelius Lucas, who is as big as just about anyone in the Big 12. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see him have to wait a year to get a chance to start.
Height and Weight: 6-2 300
What stand out: Size. He truly is a hole filler, at 300 pounds Hollingshed is a very big player to try and move out of the way to create a hole in the line.
Skill set: Size (see above). Reach- He has some very long arms and is able to reach out and grab a running back or QB from several feet away. Motivation- He doesn't quit. In one play the QB appeared to go down to a full squat for around 3-4 seconds in a large group of defensive and offensive lineman, in a play that most would have thought was over Hollingshed kept going and was able to record a nice sack.
Where he fits in: Hollingshed will probably not start but I do see him getting some solid playing time in goaline situations.
Height and Weight: 6-5 310
What stand out: Impact blocking- Specifically his run blocking which fits very nicely with our system.
Skill set: Run Blocking (see above). Down field blocking- in one play he went almost 10 yards in front of the line of scrimmage and pancaking a poor defenseless corner back and then picking up a linebacker.
Where he fits in: He doesn't impress me nearly as much as Rooks and I would not be surprised to see him not get a lot of playing time.
Height and Weight: 6-3 290
What stand out: Intelligence. In one play he saw that the center was clearly a mismatch for him so he went around to the left tackle and skirted around him for a sack.
Skill set: Intelligence (see above). Agility- He was able to sidestep two linemen on rout to a pretty nice sack.
Where he fits in: Reed is the only player JUCO player that that probably doesn't have a realistic chance of starting this year, he may have his chance next year if his skill sets improve, but right now he just doesn't appear to have the physical tools.