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Greatness In The Making?….Will Jayson Tatum help revolutionize the game?

Constant debates take place on which athletes are the greatest of all time in their respective sports.  In basketball who can argue against Michael Jordan being the best, while in football you have multiple names thrown out there such as Joe Montana, Walter Payton and Jim Brown.  But a topic that rarely comes up is which athletes from the past or present have or are talented enough to revolutionize their position.  For example, Magic Johnson obviously set a new standard at the guard position with his height of 6’9″ while Lamar Odom ushered in the need of the “big man” who can handle the ball like a guard and even bring it up the floor and run the offense.  While there are indeed great players that will go down in history as hall of famers such as Lebron and Kobe, currently there is a student athlete playing at Chaminade High in St. Louis that has a mixture of talents that when all combined form one of the best basketball talents in recent high school history. His name is Jayson Tatum.   When watching Tatum’s games true fans of the game and even his critics are left with the impression that the kid cannot be defended by a single player in high school. No one likes to put the cart before the horse but you have to wonder if he bulks up and polishes up each of his attributes (passing, ball-handling, shooting), will he be as heralded coming out of high school as Lebron or Kobe?  The fact that he holds the top spot for the class of 2016 represents Jayson Tatum’s validation as arguably the nation’s premier forward regardless of any current class. Watch his multiple highlight tapes and ask yourself, “Could this kid be greatness forming?”

Jayson Tatum...Greatness in the making?

Jayson Tatum…Greatness in the making?  (press image to go to Jayson’s highlights)

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“Funky Four Plus 1 More”….5 of the best in the category of  “swingman” for co’ 2016!

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Jayson Tatum

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Braxton Blackwell

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Mario Keglar

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Nicholas Robinson

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Josh Jackson

Jabari_Parker/Glenn Robinson III/Andrew Wiggins/Jerami Grant/C.J. Fair….players who have obviously given college basketball fans a reason to stay on the edge of their seats all the way up to and thru March Madness.  As in any sport there’s always a present, past, and future group of all star players.  High school’s next great crop of swingmen may indeed be coming from the class of 2016.  Led by Jayson Tatum, these players can fill up the highlight reels with “above the rim” plays, but they also can revert back to fundamentals and play team basketball.  Fans of the sport always are waiting for the next big thing and the class of 2016 may provide them with a lot to talk about!

Quarterbacks for co’ 2015…Multi Talented Crew

Kelly Bryant "Incredible playmaking ability"

Kelly Bryant
“Incredible playmaking ability”

The tape on this young man makes the case for him being the top playmaker in high school football for the co’ 2015.  Accurate arm, good velocity on all his throws, pocket presence….And we haven’t even broken the ice on what he does when he feels its time to take the game into his own hands and make those “special plays.”  We’ve seen the classes before him…Jameis Winston, Cam Newton, Johnny Manziel…and there will be many after him, but right now Kelly Bryant is arguably the best playmaker in high school football.

Past QB comparison- Charlie Ward/Florida State  Cam Newton/Auburn  Jameis Winston/Florida State

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Jimmy Fitzgerald "Cannon Arm"

Jimmy Fitzgerald
“Cannon Arm”

 

Having witnessed the arm strength of Jimmy Fitzgerald in person makes it fun to voice my opinion on his ability.  His arm strength ranks up there with the top “guns” that were highly touted coming out of high school.  If you are a fan of great quarterbacks, you immeditately understand how Fitzgerald will have an edge when he enters college.  Of course it helps to have that “cannon” attached to his torso.

Past QB comparison- Drew Bledsoe/Washington State  Chris Redman/Louisville    Matthew Stafford/Georgia

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Kevin Dillman "Ironman toughness"

Kevin Dillman
“Ironman toughness”

 

Although Kevin Dillman is one of the more polished passers in high school football, his biggest attribute may be his toughness.  Possibly a byproduct of playing defense, he can withstand hits from defenders and although qb coaches would rather their starting qb get out of bounds on the scramble, this young man doesn’t mind getting the extra yard.  It’s also a plus when he’s in the pocket as he doesn’t sweat the “walls closing in” on him….otherwise known as the pocket collapsing.  He will stand in there and make the throw.

Past QB comparison-  Mark Brunell/Univ. of Washington  Philip Rivers/North Carolina State  Zach Mettenberger/LSU

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Jake Browning "Pro-style touch pass"

Jake Browning
“Pro-style touch pass”

 

When looking at Jake Browning you are almost immediately convinced that he is being trained by an NFL quarterback.  The incredible touch on his passes makes it easy for his receivers to adjust to the ball and also provides a very catchable ball.  He ranks right up there with the great touch passers who have went on to become top college passers.

Past QB comparison- Elvis Grbac/Michigan  Eli Manning/Ole Miss   Derek Carr/Fresno State

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Gabe Green "Mr. Composure"

Gabe Green
“Mr. Composure”

 

In the pocket Gabe Green looks like he’s playing 7-on-7 even though there’s a defensive line coming at him.  His composure seems unreal at times but is one of the main reasons why he is ranked in the nation’s top passers.  Poise and confidence while in the pocket helps give his receivers time to get open and also makes it hard for opposing defenses to rattle him.  After watching his game film and watching his passing league tape you immediately notice that his mechanics are exactly the same.  College coaches will develop his passing skills and he will undoubtedly develop into a premier college player.

Past QB comparison- Rick Mirer/Notre Dame   Alex Smith/University of Utah   Aaron Murray/Georgia

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Matt Mitchell of St. Rita must be mentioned with Nation’s top LB’s

Any high school football fan who knows the importance of a solid linebacking core needs to watch Matt Mitchell of St. Rita…..His cat-like quickness and knowledge of the position will help him to rise to the top scouts’ rankings this spring and summer.  click for highlights

Aaron Cantwell may be the best kept secret at QB for co’ 2015

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This video shows why Aaron Cantwell of Momence high school in kankakee, Illinois may be the hidden gem at quarterback for the class of 2015.