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.
Position: Running Back
School: Seminole Ridge (Class of 2015)
Top 5 Offers: FAU (Verbal commit)
Note: Teammate DB Jalen Young also committed to FAU; No. 48 on ESPN 106.3 Top 63 list delivered by Papa John's.
WHERE HE EXCELS:
Kerrith Whyte is a flat-out playmaker. A home run threat that can score every time he touches the ball. This can be on a hand-off out of the backfield, on a jet sweep from the slot or as a threat in the passing game using his above-average hands. A quarterback’s best friend, Whyte catches the ball without breaking stride and gets up field. Good vision allows him to find a lane to bounce it outside. Don’t try to arm tackle Whyte because he will run right through you. Love that even when Whyte is going to the sideline, he is still climbing up the field in a north/south manner. Great lateral movement and his leg drive is impressive!
WHAT TO WORK ON:
Would like to see Whyte run inside the tackles more. I think he can but need to see if he can take the pounding from the big boys inside. Runs hard but it is usually against defensive backs. To be an every down back in college, Whyte needs to prove he can be as effective blocking as he is with the ball in his hands. A player with Whyte’s talent needs to make sure he is on the field at all times.
KOKELL'S FILM ANALYSIS:
Though he slipped to No. 48 on ESPN West Palm’s Top 63 list, Whyte should be in the top 20 by season's end. A great combination of power and speed, the dual RB is a matchup nightmare out of the backfield for any linebacker in the area. His nose for the end zone is uncanny. In what will be the steal of the recruiting class of 2015, Charlie Partridge and Florida Atlantic University is getting RB Kerrith Whyte. Whyte will be very successful in some capacity in Boca Raton but making the small adjustments to be an every down back will make Whyte a program changer for the Owls.
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