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: Tight End
School: St. Andrew's (Class of 2015)
Top 5 Offers: Duke, Boston College, Louisville, Illinois, Kentucky
Note: Was formerly a Michigan lacrosse commit.
Where He Excels:
Every QB in the county would love to have a target like the 6'4, 230 lb. TE out of St. Andrew's. Jake Bargas is not just size, he has above average speed and great hands. I love the way he uses his long arms to separate from defenders when going up for a catch. Bargas is a great example of why high school coaches should let their players play two sports. Bargas' skills playing lacrosse translates very well to the football field when he has the ball in his hand. Great display of field vision and lateral movement. Bargas also won't settle for just a short gain. He runs tough and keeps driving his legs. You can almost see the lacrosse stick in his hand as he chooses between side-stepping or spinning off of would-be tacklers. Love Jake Bargas' route running from both the three-point stance and when he is split out wide or in the slot. He is just an absolute force whose versatility lets an offensive coordinator be very creative in his game plan.
What To Work On:
Blocking. Bargas need to be more physical. He still blocks like he is playing lacrosse and just throws his body into the defender. Needs better technique.Time in the weight room will help in this also. A lot of times when a player doesn't feel physically strong enough they will chip block rather than drive block the defender into the ground. By using his long arms to get full arm extension and by driving his legs, Bargas could turn this weakness into a strength. Would like to see him at camps going against some stronger competition. At times the players at the smaller schools Bargas faces look like they have no chance against him. (Sidenote: I think he can play at this level, just need to see it.)
Kokell's Film Analysis:
Jake Bargas is Mr. Mismatch. If you try to cover him with a linebacker he will run right past him. Throw a defensive back on him and he will get him up physically. I love this kid's upside. As good as Bargas is now, he is only scratching his surface. With more experience and time in a college weight room, he will be a monster at the next level. Expect to not recognize Bargas a few years fron now after he doubles in size following his freshman year in college. The thought of that muscle combined with his long arms, good speed, plus hands and above average athletic ability make him a blue chip prospect.
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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.