10 Recruits Who Are Perfect for a Pro-Style System
In today's game, many football teams run the spread offense. It's a system designed to put pressure on the defense by stretching out alignments and running a high number of plays.
However, a solid number of college programs still run a pro-style offense that operates more in tune with what is used by NFL teams. Many offensive recruits face dilemmas when making their decisions, as schools that run both offenses pursue them. Some prospects are better fits for a spread attack, while others are better suited for a pro-style system.
A quarterback headed to a Pac-12 team is an ideal pro-style prospect. A running back in Louisiana has great hands for the spread offense, but a pro-style system is better for his skill set. Plus, several offensive linemen are on this list.
Dalton Schultz, TE
Tight ends are essentially receivers in a spread offense. In some cases, spread teams do not even recruit the position, as they feel an extra receiver on the field makes their offense faster.
Dalton Schultz is a 4-star tight end who belongs in a pro-style system not only because of his position, but also because of how great of a blocker he is. The Utah native is a dominant in-line blocker at 6'5" and 215 pounds.
His ability to stack linebackers and defensive ends in the box would not be highlighted as much in a spread attack. Schultz is expected to sign with Stanford, per 247Sports.
Drake Harris, WR
A Michigan commit, Drake Harris is a talented 4-star receiver who does most of his damage in the intermediate passing game. He is 6'4" and 180 pounds, plus he has great hands.
Yet Harris is not the fastest receiver in the country. In college, he will need help getting on top of safeties to make plays deep down the field. That will come with a great running game in a pro-style offense, which will draw the safeties closer to the line of scrimmage.
Although some spread teams have great rushing attacks, the general theme is that they prefer to throw the ball. That means more defenses sit their safeties back against them, which is not good for a receiver like Harris.
Casey Tucker, OT
Hailing from Arizona, Casey Tucker would be great in a pro-style offense. The 4-star offensive lineman has a nasty demeanor on the field to go along with great strength.
Tucker, who is 6'6" and 270 pounds, works best in short areas. Spread teams like quick and athletic linemen who can dance in space. Tucker can fit in that type of offense, but he may not excel in it.
His best asset is his ability to quickly short-set versus rushers to use his strength to anchor and stop their progress. He's a mauler in the running game who has the skills to work wonders in a man-on-man scheme.
Tucker would not be able to do these things as much in a spread attack as he would in a pro-style offense.
David Cornwell, QB
Although he is not a statue in the pocket right now, there is some concern about the future mobility of 4-star quarterback David Cornwell.
Already weighing 241 pounds, Cornwell is only going to add more bulk as he gets older. That could hinder his running ability, which would eliminate him from spread offenses that like to use their quarterbacks as designedrunners.
However, Cornwell is committed to Alabama, which operates a pro-style attack. The Crimson Tide will place an emphasis on Corwell beating defenses with his mind and arm from the pocket.
Royce Freeman, RB
Royce Freeman is a 4-star running back from California who is committed to Oregon, which is the epitome of a spread team.
At nearly 6'0" and 215 pounds, Freeman actually would be better suited to a pro-style offense that would feature him as a downhill runner. He's the kind of running back a team should put a fullback in front of and let them beat up front-seven alignments for four quarters.
The Ducks will find ways for Freeman to have success, yet he's a different back from current Oregon runners De'Anthony Thomas, Thomas Tyner and Byron Marshall.
Damien Mama, OL
At 6'4" and 370 pounds, Damien Mama is a big man with deceptive agility and quickness. The 5-star offensive lineman would be fine in a spread offense, but he would be even better in a pro-style attack.
Mama's strength and power allow him to dominate in short areas in the trenches. Putting him in an offensive system that loves to run the ball via man-on-man blocking schemes by its linemen would produce terrific results.
Programs such as USC, Wisconsin and perhaps Alabama are good fits for Mama.
Nick Chubb, RB
A 4-star prospect, Nick Chubb is not going to make many dazzling plays in the passing game.
He is a one-cut runner who wants to get upfield as soon as possible.
Chubb, who is 5'11" and 216 pounds, has a good burst to and through alleys. Yet he projects as a power runner in college who will have above-average speed. His lack of an ability to factor as a receiver out of the backfield makes him better suited for a pro-style offense.
Elijah Hood, RB
Elijah Hood is committed to North Carolina, so the 4-star prospect will play in an offense with many spread principles.
However, look for head coach Larry Fedora to adapt some of his running plays to suit Hood's strengths.
The 5'11.5", 222-pounder is a beast with the ball. Hood has deceptive explosiveness through holes, plus he runs with the power of a tank. He's an old-school running back who has a style that would work best in a pro-style attack.
Leonard Fournette, RB
Leonard Fournette has the speed and hands to be fine in a spread offense. He'd have no issues in that type of attack because he's simply a great player.
However, the ideal offense for the 5-star recruit is a conventional pro-style system.
At 6'1" and nearly 230 pounds, Fournette's size and strength would allow him to be difficult to stop in the box. He's a bell-cow running back who needs to be given the ball around 25 times a game.
Keller Chryst, QB
Keller Chryst is a prototypical pro-style quarterback due to his mental and physical tools. He can run a "check-with-me" system due to his ability to get his offense in the right play at the line of scrimmage.
The Stanford commit has the intelligence to manage multiple formations, plus he flashes the ability to make full-field reads. His arm strength and accuracy allow him to make every throw. The 5-star recruit has a 6'4", 220-pound frame that works great from under center.
Chryst made a wise choice by pledging to the Cardinal, as David Shaw's offense is perfect for him.
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