Thursday, January 10, 2013

Van Nuys RB going unnoticed

One of the more versatile players in the Los Angeles City Section happens to be one of the more unnoticed during this last minute recruiting period.

Van Nuys High School running back Kyle Jean hasn't heard from too many people. Too me, this sounds perplexing since he's in the biggest hotbed for football recruiting - the L.A region.

Plus, after watching his film, I'm stunned not too many people have gone after this versatile and explosive player. He's also won over former state of California star and NFL running back Reggie Bush.

Jean runs the ball, returns kicks, catches out of the backfield and also snatched six interceptions for Van Nuys. He totaled 2,485 yards while being out on the field (2,035 rushing, 450 receiving). He was the main cornerstone for a Wolves team that finished 10-2 this past football season thanks to all those yards, picks and 35 total touchdowns.

On the field, Jean has burst and a juke. He'll fake out defenders with his elusiveness. He's also shown to be strong enough to go between the tackles despite his 5-foot-9 frame and along with his elusive nature, also has a spin move that can shake defenders.

I was most impressed with his second gear when finding an opening on the field. Once he bounces outside and takes off, he showed a quicker burst after the first five yards.

He does tend to rely more on his speed and elusiveness. I didn't see him run anyone over when he carried the rock, so that will make me wonder how powerful he can be as a runner. He'll also need to be more consistent with his stiff arm at the next level.

He has heard from New Mexico State and Montana, but Montana had no scholarships to offer according to him. He currently carries a 3.0 core grade point average. Sometimes I also wonder if some schools are turning him away because of his small stature.

In the end, however, this is not only one of the more explosive players in the L.A region, but he just may be the best kept secret in that renown recruiting region.

More on Jean can be found here.

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