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Jamal Peters recruit scouting report: Hard hitting safety

Jamal Peters
Jamal Peters

Unanimously considered to be top player in his home state of Mississippi, Bassfield (Ms.) safety Jamal Peters certainly sports the prerequisite athleticism and size to be an impact player at that position -- he runs a reported 4.4 40 with his 6'3, 200 pound frame.

According to the June 2014 247sports composite, Peters checks in as the third ranked safety in this class. No recruiting service has him any lower than the 5th ranked safety.

Peters is also highly thought of on the national level, as well, sitting just inside the top 50 on the 247sports composite.

Both Ole Miss and Mississippi State have offered the Bassfield native, but they will certainly have stiff competition for his talents. Peters is being courted by nearly every major school troughout the deep South -- Alabama, Auburn, Texas A&M, Florida State, LSU, and Florida are among the others recruiting him, as of February 2014.

There is quite a lot to like about Peters. He's a huge safety prospect, checking in at 6'3, 200, with the frame to add more good weight and end up looking like a small linebacker.

With that size, he combines some very nice athleticism and speed. Peters really does a nice job of closing on ball carriers, and exploding through them. And he recognizes plays fairly well. He often plays more of a linebacker role, and blitzes quite a bit.

Peters shows excellent ball skills, skying to get position and then plucking effortlessly with his hands away from his body.

What I don't see from Peters' Hudl tape is elite change of direction in coverage, but he does change direction fairly well against the run. He simply is not asked to play man coverage all that much, despite how he is aligned close to the line of scrimmage. It looks like he frequently patrols a zone or is asked to blitz.

Peters gets by on his athleticism a lot right now, and will need to improve his technique. Once he does, he can be a multi-year srarter at the highest level of college football.