Dynamic playmakers have the ability to carry an offense on their own, making 4-star wide receiver Jerry Jeudy’s commitment to Alabama on Thursday a huge win for the program.
Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports reported Jeudy’s pledge to attend Alabama.
Regarded as one of the best wideouts in the nation, Jeudy brings a stellar pedigree with him to the college game. He is ranked as the sixth-best wide receiver, the ninth–best player in the state of Florida and the 35th-best player overall by 247Sports‘ composite rankings.
While not yet fully developed physically, Jeudy has the size and length to become one of college football’s best outside weapons. He will need to add mass, currently weighing just 180 pounds, because defensive backs at this level will bully him around right now.
But the upside is tremendous with Jeudy because of his 6’1″ frame. He also has solid speed for his age, running a 4.65-second 40-yard dash, according to Scout. The Florida native has versatile athleticism that could lead to him playing multiple positions at the next level, per Scout:
Hands really jump out. Can adjust to the ball well and he really plucks the ball out of the air very well. One who can sneak up on corners with his speed, then close at the same time with that speed in coverage. Has great body control. Nice burst when he gets the ball and out of breaks. Covers a lot of ground quickly, but shifty at the same time.
Jeudy also turned in one of the most impressive performances during The Opening earlier this month, with Barton Simmons of 247Sports calling him the most productive outside receiver of the entire event” and “a workhorse all weekend.”
Even though Alabama head coach Nick Saban has a knack for being able to develop defensive players, he’s always in search of playmakers on offense. He’s had success with wideouts like Julio Jones and Amari Cooper, so Jeudy should feel like he’s in good hands.
The next step for Saban will be developing a quarterback to maximize Jeudy’s assets. The Crimson Tide also scored a commitment from dual-threat passer Tua Tagovailoa, so the fact that the duo will be coming in together will allow them to build chemistry before taking Tuscaloosa by storm.
Simmons’ report from The Opening noted that Tagovailoa and Jeudy were working together during the event and “seemed to vibe really well.”
Jeudy gives Saban another versatile playmaker on the outside to pair with Calvin Ridley who can help springboard the Crimson Tide’s run-heavy offense into utilizing the passing game more frequently.
Recruiting classes are built as much on depth as they are star power, but unique talents like Jeudy can cover a lot of blind spots at other positions.
College football has become a pass-heavy game, making dynamic athletes like Jeudy more valuable than ever. He will need time to develop his skills and his body to play at the collegiate level, but his breakout won’t take long.
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