Quintel Kent return
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Future Blue Originals: Quintel Kent Comment Count

Adam Schnepp October 17th, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Like the hydraulic scaffolding from which David filmed, Quintel Kent has been on the rise. Bill Greene, 247’s Ohio uber-scout, wrote about Kent earlier this month and spoke highly of his skill set; it’s not hard to see why Greene re-ranked him in September. It is a bit surprising, though, as  Kent’s Hello post quotes a July scouting report from Greene in which he says he will remain open-minded but thinks Kent is properly rated. 247’s rating then: #1105 overall, #130 WR. Their rating now: #657 overall, #89 WR. He wasn’t even ranked in the composite when he committed in August, where he is now a three-star and #1257 overall. What a difference an offseason makes.

David thought we should see what we could see over the course of a full game and added Kent to the FBO schedule. He also added Woodstock BBQ in Lakewood to the list of this year’s restaurants, later texting me that it was really good but that the sauce wasn’t as good as City BBQ. Ohioans, to the comments! 

As the saying goes, “the best-laid plans of FBO and David often go awry.” Though there was no lightning delay, Kent’s St. Edward squad ran St. Joseph’s ragged by halftime, which led to a Kentless second half. He did his part in the first half to contribute to his second-half rest, which is my way of subtly influencing you to hit the jump.

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Every-Snap Film

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Scouting

The first thing from the film that stands out is Kent's speed off the line, and it only takes 15 seconds to see that he doesn't just run by guys but sets them up to cede positioning to him. Kent shows a secondary burst at the 30-yard line, and he upshifts as he sees the defender flip his hips. It allows him to get a step on the corner before turning to look for the ball, which is late. There’s still some good to come from the play, though, as it’s an example of his ability to adjust to the ball in flight that has been particularly noticeable in other highlights (1:03). He maintains focus through contact and engages in some handfighting, which he ends up winning by way of a defensive holding call.

Kent’s most obvious skill that needs to be developed is blocking. At :32 he knows the play is a run but clearly doesn’t expect the outcome, giving the defensive back a cursory tap as he runs in to support and subsequently recovers the running back’s fumble; at 1:20 he gets a hand on the corner and gets in the way for a moment, allowing the back to get the sideline but eventually letting the corner get away; he misses his block on the kick return at 3:42. Then at 2:39 Kent finds the defender furthest ahead, gets to him, and basically walls him off long enough to give the ballcarrier a small lane up the sideline, so he makes the right decisions when engaged. It's not a red flag--this is not usually a strength of high school receivers--but there are enough clips on this reel to show that he'll need to improve his consistency, trusting that strength will be addressed by the conditioning program.

Kent’s most obvious and well developed skill is his footwork. He can break down at the top of his route almost instantaneously, going from full sprint to stopped on a dime; 2:51 is a pretty good example. At 1:41 he takes a quick jab step inside to try to get the corner to bite on an inside move and you can see from his step around to the outside that he would have beaten his defender had the ball been thrown to the back corner. At 2:22 Kent runs a three-yard curl, turns it upfield, and shakes a defender with a quick inside step. No. 3 is comin’ in hot on that play and Kent outruns him with ease. Kent shows some route chops at 3:19, driving upfield to sell the go before cutting hard into the comeback.

Summary

It’s clear that Kent is quick off the line and into breaks, has good footwork, and possesses an awareness of when to downshift and upshift which should lead to him developing into a good route-runner and open-field threat, though there wasn’t a ton to go on this particular evening. Mostly Go routes, a comeback, the shimmy-shake TD off a short curl, and positioning himself for some screens; a 38-7 halftime lead meant St. Edward didn’t need to call on Kent’s deep-play ability in the second half. He will need to increase his strength and take on blocks more willingly. Hard to judge his hands in this game, as he caught everything thrown his way when open but was interfered with on the only contested ball.

Comments

BlueLikeJazz

October 17th, 2018 at 9:39 AM ^

Looks to my untrained eye like the blocking issue is as much about enthusiasm as it is about ability. Clearly he's not strong yet but he could probably be a capable blocker if he wanted to be. He just looks completely disinterested. I'm sure that'll get fixed soon enough in Ann Arbor.

 

GarMoe

October 17th, 2018 at 1:44 PM ^

I know we all like to cheerlead and blow sunshine to one another but this guy is not an offensive "dude" using DBrown parlance.  Not one single play did he show energy.  Not one, not even his touchdown.  Hoping it surfaces once he hits college is a bit unrealistic - you either got it or you dont.  These evey-snap videos are great for fleshing that kind of thing out.  The measure of a man is what he does when he thinks no one is watching, right?

bronxblue

October 17th, 2018 at 2:56 PM ^

That's a bit unfair - his blocking effort needs to improve, but the idea that the guy doesn't have "energy" based on a 3:30 video clip is also a gross generalization.  I assume that the coaches all saw him at camp and have video of him, and Harbaugh doesn't seem like a guy who would give a scholarship to a guy who (at the time) was an unranked WR out of Ohio if he was "lazy" or disinterested.  

Mgoczar

October 17th, 2018 at 10:36 AM ^

Stars don't matter but isn't he pretty much producing like a 4 star ?

Also while it's good to have Kent's skill, I just love jumbotron receiver with decent speed. NDs Miles Boykin comes to mind - we gotta recruit someone like him and just throe fades at him. 

bronxblue

October 17th, 2018 at 2:53 PM ^

The blocking absolutely needs to be corrected, but my guess is that'll be hammered out early once he's on campus.  He does have some solid quickness and more burst than I expected based on the early reviews.  I'm glad to see him get re-evaluated; it always seemed like lazy evaluations for a guy with his production at a good program to be given such low marks.  

HauxMo

October 17th, 2018 at 3:35 PM ^

i stopped 40 seconds in. he never even tries to sell his route when he knows the ball isnt coming his way, and that extremely lame attempt at blocking with one arm was a joke. complete lack of discipline. whether or not it is his or the coaches fault, looks every bit the #2134133 he is ranked.

Rabbit21

October 17th, 2018 at 11:34 PM ^

1.  Your name is stupid

2.  It's a stupid name that is a not very clever parody of a more well known member of the board.

3.  You write in the style of a member who had decent takes but was a bit of a pain in the ass, to add on please let me know the one positive contribution you have made in any thread.  Go ahead I'll wait.

4.  Your name remains stupid and the avatar is dumb. 

5.  You're a troll(you prove it by replying back that you aren't every time you're accused of being one), if you want to not be a troll, pick a non-stupid name and join back in.  It remains a mystery why you haven't been banned yet.

Indiana Blue

October 17th, 2018 at 4:15 PM ^

Speed ?  You have to be kidding.  This is the least exciting recruiting video ... ever.  The kid must have had the flu that night.  And sorry - show me a receiver that doesn't catch with hands first, and I will show you dropped balls.  If this game was played on grass, his uniform would have been the cleanest on the team.  Maybe - someone altered the video !!!

Go Blue!

Diagonal Blue

October 17th, 2018 at 5:53 PM ^

After watching this film I really don't get why the staff stopped recruiting guys like David Bell and Milton Wright and took this commitment. In addition I worry about the size of the WR's we are taking. Bell, Johnson, Jackson, and Kent are all extremely thin and short. Just seems like an overkill of slot guys.