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2018 5-star WR Jermaine Eskridge: Freddie’s Take

After watching the limited amount of available Jermaine Eskridge film, it’s safe to say that he’s is a Nickel player. Remember, Nickel refers to when evaluating film, a select few players only require 5 plays in order to pass judgment. It’s hard to fathom that he’s only going into his sophomore year at Tampa’s Jefferson High School.

His freshman year tape mainly showed Eskridge at tight end, linebacker, receiver, and defensive end. He even lined up at defensive tackle on more than one occasion. His permanent home will be at receiver. At 6’3″ 185 lbs., there’s going to be more growth and weight gain. Regardless if that happens or not, this is a big, big time player that I wouldn’t be shocked if he’s not a nationally-rated Top 5 player in 2018.

Recent 16 and 17 commitments served as warning shots that this is not your daddy’s Wildcats. Eskridge’s commitment is a college football carpet bombing.

When assessing underclassmen, I never focus on technique. That will come with experience. But Jermaine’s obvious and elite athletic ability was evident. He was extremely active on defense by causing turnovers, rushing the passer, and pretty much anything else he wanted to do. You see, football evaluation is not rocket science. While watching Eskridge, I saw an elite athlete that can run, jump, doesn’t shy away from contact, and able to perform football actions that are well beyond his age or instruction. Due to his tape not featuring him at receiver, evaluation details were vague. But it was more than obvious, the game comes easy to Jermaine.

When I was evaluating the sophomore to be, I couldn’t help to remember seeing Randy Moss in the ESPN 30 for 30, “Rand University.” I’m not comparing Eskridge to Randy Moss. Let’s get that straight. But much like it was for Randy, Jermaine will be the best overall athlete on the football field, no matter where he plays or who he plays against.

Oh yeah, YAHTZEE!

The fight to retain Eskridge’s commitment will last for three long years and most likely turn nasty. Many, many other suitors will follow. Keeping Florida in-state coaches away won’t happen. Regardless of geographical location, opposing coaches won’t simply give up after his Kentucky commitment. Having Mac Jones in his ear will help. UK is in uncharted waters. I can’t remember a rising sophomore ever committing to the football Wildcats. I also can’t remember watching a more physically gifted football player at his age.

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

6 Comments for 2018 5-star WR Jermaine Eskridge: Freddie’s Take

  1. Justin
    5:01 pm July 30, 2015 Permalink

    If the wildcats don’t at least make .500 and go bowling at the end of next season, they’ll more than likely lose a lot of these recent commitments. Certainly a player of Eskridge’s caliber. That said, you have to love what Stoops and his staff have been doing do to change the perception of this program.

  2. iNashville
    5:02 pm July 30, 2015 Permalink

    “I wouldn’t be shocked if he’s not a nationally-rated Top 5 player in 2018″…..You realize that means that you expect him not to be in the top 5 correct? Those double negatives get tricky sometimes.

    Huge get for the Cats! I know everyone is saying “But can we keep him that long”…and at this point that argument is irrelevant, the point is: a top player…a 5-star stud has just committed to Kentucky….not basketball…football. So, just accept it and let it be what it is. Time will tell the ultimate outcome, but recruiting is getting better, the team is getting better. Just enjoy it.

    And…..6-3, 180 as a Freshman in High School? Wow. He could be 6-8, 6-10 by the time its over with. Wonder if he plays basketball?

  3. sckysportsink
    5:21 pm July 30, 2015 Permalink

    This is getting CRAZY GOOD!

  4. Angelo
    5:54 pm July 30, 2015 Permalink

    What if he grows to 6-7? Will he still be a receiver? Freddie are you saying he is so athletic that his highest and best use will be at receiver?

  5. fatbrat
    6:11 pm July 30, 2015 Permalink

    I assume he earned his five-star rating at the camps because nothing about his video says 5 star WR. Stoops continues to roll!

  6. Ryoung
    5:50 am July 31, 2015 Permalink

    Nice get for UK. He may make it the distance! Landon Young committed to UK as a rising Sophmore. He is still committed and will sign in February of 2016!