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: Vero Beach (Class of 2016)
Note: Has 14 TD's this season.
Where He Excels:
MJ McGriff is dynamic both on offense and in the return game. Super fast. Plus vision allows him to find lanes in the open field. Great lateral movement. Shifty. Makes first tackler miss. Hard runner that runs through arms tacklers. Uncanny ability to stop on a dime and get back to speed almost instantaneously. GREAT HANDS. Catches ball at highest point. For a smaller receiver, does a great job with body position to put himself between the ball and the defender. Not afraid to go over the middle. Nose for the end zone.
What To Work On:
McGriff is undersized so he needs to make sure he is in top physical shape to alleviate all worries about durability. Speed is not an issue. McGriff can focus on putting on muscle in the offseason. Needs to be careful returning punts inside his own ten yard line. McGriff is eager to make the big play but sometimes the smart play is better. Has too good of hands to let any passes get in on his body. More clips of McGriff blocking just to show his size would be beneficial to show he can be successful without the ball in his hands.
Kokell Film Analysis:
Coming off a year lost to recovery from a torn ACL, the Crime Dog, MJ McGriff, has been stealing headlines and attention from college recruiters across the country with breakout start to the season. Due to McGriff's frequent trips to the end zone, I had to repeatedly check to make sure that this was only his midseason tape. 14 touchdowns in five games is an accomplishment at all levels, let alone high school football in South Florida. I love McGriff's versatility out of the backfield or in the slot. Also very effective as the motion in the all-so-popular read option game. MCGriff is the personification of a mismatch. Any college coach that overlooks MJ because of his 5'8 stature isn't doing his homework as the bite is bigger than the bark when it comes to the Crime Dog. McGriff will be a great asset as a slot receiver and in the return game for someone 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.