Devante Peete recruit scouting report: Receiver with great hands

John Bastian

Devante Peete is a possession receiver recruit with great hands.

Devante Peete is a class of 2015 wide receiver with great size.

Peete, out of St. Thomas Aquinas in Pompano Beach, Fla., stands 6'5 and weighs in at 195 pounds, and he runs a reported 4.5-second 40-yard dash. As of April, he's a consensus four-star prospect, according to 247Sports, Rivals, Scout and ESPN. ESPN is the most bullish on the 18-year-old, ranking him No. 10 at his position. The 247Sports Composite ratings, a compilation of data from the four major recruiting services, list him as the 166th-best player in the nation, 19th-best wide receiver and 23rd-best player from the state of Florida.

Peete is receiving interest from many top programs around the country. He holds scholarship offers from Ohio State, Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Auburn, Clemson, Michigan, South Carolina and Tennessee, among others.

Fans can follow Peete on Twitter @DPgoingD1.

Why does Peete have so many offers? Size and potential. With schools increasingly wanting bigger and bigger cornerbacks to combat receivers, having the size to allow a receiver not to be pressed is extremely valuable. Peete certainly has that in spades.

Peete is also quite good at making contested catches. He has good body control and shields defenders well, and strong hands to bring in the football. And he is not afraid to go over the middle.

But Peete does not offer much after the catch and does not have great speed. Because of this, he must improve his route running quite a bit before he will be able to shine in college. If he does not, defensive backs will be in his pocket and knock away passes quickly. In high school, Peete thrives on his physical skills. But in college, he profiles as a possession receiver and a red-zone threat if he can become a good route runner.

Because of his size, Peete also offers value as a blocker at the receiver position.

I think Peete is capable of being a multi-year starter at the major college football level, but he may not be an instant-impact player. He is also a full year older than his grade level, and some take that into consideration when evaluating a player's physical maturity and projected future growth.

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