Sunday, August 4, 2013

Fleming brings versatility and mean streak

Photo by Lorenzo J. Reyna
Future San Jose State Spartan and now, future Bullard Knight Nautica Fleming has the potential to become one of the more complete cornerbacks in the Central Section this fall.

Fleming (in gray shorts and black dri-fit), a senior this August, already brings plenty of size with his near 6-foot-tall frame. He's added muscle this off-season and has spent his off-season jamming wide receivers at different camps and tournaments.

He's got to be one of the top press cornerbacks already in the section. On film, wide receivers had difficulty shedding past his hands for three seconds and had their routes rattled. Fleming made a lot of quarterbacks hesitant about throwing the ball his direction.

He's not just very effective in the press, though. Fleming shows off a smooth backpedal when playing in a zone coverage and, when the ball is in the air, he closes quick like a hawk locating its prey.

His arms are long, too, and he became a swat down artist at Edison last season. He's also played safety in the nickel schemes and has disrupted potential first down throws.

He'll still need to add muscle for the next level, which will be the Mountain West Conference. He's also going to need to build on his speed, because the MWC has lots of that with schools like Fresno State and San Diego State relying on the spread offense, plus Boise State, Nevada and Utah State preferring to utilize speed with their offensive plans.

He's another college football commit through the Tony Perry Defensive Back Guru tree, since he's active with D.B Guru. If you like lock down corners, Fleming will be one to love through the 2014 class in the Central Valley.

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