Jakari Dillard - Wescott Eberts (SB Nation)
Dillard is a wide receiver prospect in the class of 2014, and one of the top 100 players from the state of Texas.
Jakari Dillard, a wide receiver prospect from Princeton High School (TX), is a consensus three-star prospect in the class of 2014 and one of the top 100 players from the state of Texas. He has scholarship offers from Texas Tech, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Syracuse, and has received interest from plenty of other programs.
Dillard is 6'4 and weighs 185 pounds. He caught 45 passes for 557 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012, all of which were career highs. Scout considers him a three-star recruit and the No. 46 wide receiver in the class. He is also considered a three-star prospect by 247Sports, and that service rates him as the 49th-best wide receiver in the class.
A star on the basketball court as well as on the gridiron, Dillard is an Oklahoma legacy whose father, Stacey, was a defensive tackle there -- meaning that the son is currently more than 100 pounds below the father's playing weight.
At a lanky 185 pounds, the first thing that Dillard will have to go when he reaches college is log some heavy minutes lifting weights. Since he projects as at his best in the redzone and in jump-ball situations, he's going to have to work on his upper body strength to beat press coverage at the line of scrimmage and that may take some time to achieve.
The most consistently impressive element of his game is one that transfers over from the basketball court -- his leaping ability. At 6'4, Dillard towers over opposing cornerbacks at the high school level and will continue to have a significant size advantage in college, as well.
During a live viewing last summer at the state 7on7 championship, Dillard was able to elevate over defenders to snag the football at the highest point multiple times. Moreover, he also showed the natural pass-catching ability that not every high school wide receiver possesses, catching the ball away from his body by attacking it with his hands instead of letting it get into his chest.
Dillard also does well finding holes in zone coverage and presenting a big target for his quarterback, another advantage to being 6'4. At times in pads he can also break some tackles with decent lateral quickness and some lower body strength belied by his lanky frame.
Other than pure strength, the major knock on Dillard is his speed -- he's more fluid than fast and will have to continue using his double moves to set up defenders in college since he won't be running away from them. Of course, with many long striders, their film speed can be deceptive, which may be the case with Dillard, who could also benefit from speed work in college since his basketball obligations cut into his training for football.
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SB Nation Recruiting analyst Wescott Eberts contributed the scouting report.
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