ESPN West Palm's "coach", Chris Kokell, gives a comprehesive film breakdown of high school football prospects across Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.
School: Wellington (Class of 2015)
Note: Captain of the Wellington football team. Number 63 player in the Papa John's Top 63 list.
Where He Excels:
Jean Rene is a top level defensive back. Rene has natural instincts that can’t be taught. Really good hips. Stays in his drop until last possible moment and opens up to run with receiver without missing a step. Good use of his body in coverage. This allows Rene to play both on the island, in the slot or even at safety. Very physical. It jumps through the screen that Rene plays with a chip on his shoulder and leaves it all on the field. Does a great job fighting through blocks to give run support. Solid tackler. Recognizes and has the ability to attack the receiver’s outside shoulder and be a force player. On offense Rene is very good in slot. Runs above average routes. Has plus hands and is not afraid to go over the middle.
What To Work On:
A lot of what Jean Rene has to work on is cosmetic. While these things may not overly help him on the field it would help in the college recruiting game. Rene needs to improve combine numbers to overcome coaches looking at his size. Training focused on top end straight line speed after the season ends to post a better forty time in mid-December may help him get some late looks before signing day. Schematically Rene has the freedom to play loose and free at Wellington and is very successful. Next level, defensive back coaches would probably want to see more film of him back pedaling and getting in and out of his breaks. I would not change a thing in season but after the season a video session of drills would help.
Kokell’s Film Analysis:
Behind the flash there is always substance. The Captain, Jean Rene, is just that for the Wellington Wolverines. Making major contributions on offense, defense and special teams, Rene has transformed his team into one of Palm Beach County’s best. Playing in the slot this year Rene, has turned into a top receiver even though he is often quarterback Shannon Patrick’s second option. This success has forced teams to stop triple teaming the dynamic Miami commit Ahmmon Richards. As good as he has been offensively, Rene’s biggest contribution comes on the defense end. This is where I see him playing in college. He excels in both man and zone coverage and is very comfortable as a nickel back which is rare for a player his age. The FCS or mid major FBS program that gets past the Oakland Raider’s combine numbers are everything mentality will get a steal in Jean Rene. He may never be the poster boy for the program but I project him to be able to be a three year solid contributor at the next level.
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Chris Kokell covers high school football for ESPN 106.3 and is the color analyst for "Football Night in South Florida". He has served as head coach at both Pope John Paul II and Forest Hill. To recommend an athlete for Kokell to feature in a future "Film Room", please send player info and a film link to him on Twitter at @REALCOACHK, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.