Barry Ware recruit scouting report: Elite receiver

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Ware is one of the best players on the West Coast.

Barry Ware is a solid 2014 wide receiver prospect from Corona (Calif.) Centennial High School, and he's attracted interest from a number of schools on the West Coast.

Ware stands 6'3, and weighs in at 190 pounds. He's rated as a top 100 prospect overall by 247, and the 12th-best wide receiver prospect in the country. 247 has Ware rated as a four-star recruit, but Rivals and Scout don't seem to be as high on him, rating him as a three-star recruit, at least as of April.

Ware is committed to UCLA as of the end of April.

Derrell Warren, West Coast Recruiting Analyst: Ware is playmaker and a gamer with good playing speed. Though he's somewhat of a long strider, he's explosive off the line and eats up cushion quickly due to good turnover of his strides. While I'm unsure about his measured speed, the fact that he consistently separates from pursuers once the ball is in his hands is what's important.

When getting into his route he does a good job at "stacking" a defensive back and getting him attached to his hip. This is especially true when he takes an outside release due to using a hard jab step that feigns an inside release, making a cornerback lose leverage. Ware is featured prominently in the vertical passing game by his high school team and the traits that he shows on tape should allow that to continue at the college level.

One area that Ware can improve upon is his ability to fully extend his hands away from his frame when catching the ball. He allows too many throws to get into his chest plate. I would also like to see how he looks in situations where he is asked to make plays on contested throws in order to gain a better idea of his ball skills.

As a route runner Ware is more a 'speed cut' guy who 'crosses the face' of a defender, more so than the type who sinks his hips and explodes in and out of breaks. Once the ball is in his hands, Ware might not be the shiftiest player, but his 'one cut and go' style of running allows him to get vertical and use his speed to rip off chunks of yardage.

Ware possess the upside to be a multi-year starter who could eventually mature into a plus level No. 1 receiver as he expands his route tree and gains addition muscle.

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