2015 Recruits Who Could Change Positions in College

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IApril 7, 2014

2015 Recruits Who Could Change Positions in College

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    Changing positions in college can be huge for a recruit. Often, college prospects are the best and most athletic players on their teams, so they're usually forced to play out of position for the better of the team.

    But in college, they can settle into one spot and develop. Other recruits simply are listed at one position but figure to be better suited at another position due to their size, athleticism or speed.

    Looking at the 2015 class of recruits, there are several prospects who could change positions at the next level. A 5-star cornerback could get moved to safety, while a 5-star offensive tackle may be an all-conference guard. Plus, an athlete who plays quarterback may be a better running back.

Tyrone Wheatley Jr., TE

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    Tyrone Wheatley Jr. is a 4-star tight end who can be a nightmare for defenders as a blocker. At 6'6" and 260 pounds, he has a lot of strength and athleticism to be a terror on the field.

    Wheatley, who plays in Buffalo, has potential as a tight end. But don't be surprised if he winds up in the defensive trenches in college. Wheatley's size and strength would work well as a strong-side defensive end, plus he could be an ideal 3-4 defensive end.

    Michigan, Alabama and Penn State are standing out, per 247Sports.

J.W. Ketchum III, QB/ATH

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    At 5'11.5" and 201 pounds, J.W. Ketchum III spends a lot of time at quarterback right now. However, the 4-star prospect lacks ideal size for the position.

    Plus, Ketchum is a gifted runner who has fantastic quickness and speed. He displays a great burst up the field, and he also seems to run with solid vision. Look for Ketchum to be moved to running back in college.

    Texas, Baylor and Texas A&M are his top schools, according to 247Sports.

Jamal Peters, S

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    Jamal Peters is a talented 4-star safety who is at his best when he's inside the box. In fact, Peters is so good on the second level that he might move there in college.

    It also helps that the Mississippi native is already 6'3" and 200 pounds. Sure, Peters has enough athleticism to play on top of the defense, but outside linebacker could be his college position.

    Alabama, Ole Miss and Mississippi State are among his main suitors, says 247Sports

Osa Masina, OLB

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    There are a number positions 4-star outside linebacker Osa Masina could be moved to in college. He's a good athlete who plays with a physical demeanor.

    Masina, who is from Salt Lake City, is 6'4" and 218 pounds. With his size and solid speed, he might get moved to tight end, H-back or running back in college.

    Utah is the team to beat for him, per 247Sports.

    Kevin Stewart of ASUDevils.com (subscription required) wrote on March 21, "Masina is being recruited by most schools as a linebacker but Arizona State is recruiting him to play 3-Back."

Iman Marshall, CB

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    A 5-star cornerback, Iman Marshall has excellent cover skills. He can press and re-route receivers at the line, plus he's no slouch in off-man coverage.

    Marshall is a big cover man who is 6'1" and 190 pounds. While his size is what immediately draws attention to him, it's also why he may be moved to safety at some point in college. Marshall could remain on the perimeter, yet it wouldn't be a complete shock if he wound up in the seams at the next level.

    Schools such as USC, Stanford, UCLA and Notre Dame are in the mix, according to 247Sports.

Maea Teuhema, OT

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    With his quick feet and solid short-area agility, 5-star offensive tackle Maea Teuhema is one of the best in the country. He doesn't panic in space, and he slides well to protect the passer.

    However, at 6'4.5" and 346 pounds, the LSU commit looks like a future stud at guard. Teuhema, who plays in Texas, has excellent strength and power. He uses his heavy hands to punch and grab hard, plus he excels as a run-blocker.

    A move inside could be in his future at LSU.


    All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports. Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports.

    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.