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Tale of the tape: Jamire Calvin vs. Travell Harris

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Breaking down our slot receiver recruits

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The slot receiver position was a big need in this year’s recruiting class. Let’s compare the two new signees.

Jamire Calvin was definitely one of, if not the biggest name in this year’s recruiting class. However, he is not the only exciting slot receiver that the Cougars have brought in this spring. Cougar fans should not sleep on Florida playmaker Travell Harris. Let’s take a look on how these two match up.

Measurables

Calvin: 5-10 150 4.49 36 inch vert

Harris: 5-9 170 40 and vertical unknown

Competition

Both players played at prestigious all-boys Catholic schools in strong metro conferences. Calvin attended Cathedral in Los Angeles which was in the Del Rey league in the CIF southern section which played a bunch of other well-known private schools in the LA area. Harris went to Tampa Jesuit which is a Florida 5A powerhouse in athletics.

Stats

Calvin had 86 catches for 1312 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also returned a punt for a touchdown.

Harris had 22 receptions for 592 yards and 9 touchdowns as well as 22 carries for 250 yards on the ground. He also returned 4 punts for the touchdowns and 2 kickoffs.

Rankings

Calvin: Consensus 4 star recruit who ranked as the #44 wideout in the country and the 33rd best player in the state of California.

Harris: Consensus 3 star recruit who ranked as the #143rd receiver in the nation and the 313th best player in the state of Florida.

The Film

This is where it gets interesting.

Calvin: On the tape he shows excellent game speed as he seems to just outrun his opponents. He also shows good natural receiving skills and body control. He makes it look very easy.

Harris: Boy this tape was fun to watch. Harris really lives up to his video game like statistics when you watch him. He shows amazing moves in traffic and continually accelerates through and past opponents. He should be fantastic on bubble screens. This might be the most impressive film I have seen in this recruiting class.

Overall

In the end I think you have to give the benefit of the doubt to Calvin with the way the recruiting experts have ranked him and his recorded top-end speed. But Harris’ film really gives you something to think about and makes you wonder if he was just overlooked. This competition in the slot could closer than anyone could have anticipated.

Who are you guys more excited to see play?

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