Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Rising star watch: Isaiah Renfro

Sierra Canyon-Chatsworth wide receiver Isaiah Renfro has had a quiet recruiting period so far with one offer from Utah. That could change, though, judging by what I saw on film and if he has a breakout camp and senior season.

He's capable of it with the physical traits he possesses.

WHAT TO LIKE: Renfro is a tall target who wins a lot of one-on-one battles off of height and speed. He finishes his routes and completes his catches. With his size, he's effective in the red zone but can also stretch defenses as a deep threat. He damages zone coverages by finding a gap in the secondary then getting open. At 6-foot-3 and 188 pounds, he's tough to bring down and can break tackles. Does an excellent job adjusting his body in the end zone during the jump ball sequence.

WHAT TO BUILD ON: Though he gets open and has a nose for the end zone, Renfro runs a 4.6 40-yard dash right now and can get that down to the 4.4 range over the off-season. I haven't seen him fight off jams at the line and noticed most defenses played a zone coverage against him. Also made most of his catches either at his chest or above his head, but not low to the ground. Needs to prove he can also make the low grabs.

OVERALL: One opposing head coach said Renfro makes the kind of plays you'll see on Saturdays in the PAC-12 or Southeastern Conference. I have to agree. Renfro is a rocket ready for takeoff. Right now, he's got the size, route running and big play capability most colleges should love.

More on Renfro: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1697861/highlights/83149380?autoplay=1

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