Allbite 2018 Early signees: offensive edition.

Darien Harris

Emory Jones: A four star quarterback and long time Ohio State commit flipped on early national signing day and signed his NLI with the Florida Gators. It was a huge a pickup for first year head coach Dan Mullen and his staff, days leading up to to Emory’s decision Florida lost it’s long time commitment in Four star QB Matt Corral to Ole Miss. However, with speculation of Emory flipping Mullen and his staff put a full court press on getting Emory on campus to sway his decision towards the Gators. Days leading up to ENSD Emory visited Gainesville from dec 16th up until the 18th, with gator nation on watch many experts on 247 sports began putting crystal balls to Florida for Emory. Even though the following day he took an official visit to Tallahassee to visit in state rival FSU. Ultimately, the late push from Florida State wasn’t enough to sway his decision from the Gators.

Strengths: Emory has one of the strongest arms in the country. While he delivers a beautiful deep ball, he is also accurate enough to fit tight windows. He throws exceptionally well on the run and can run your offense from under center or in shotgun. Stands tall in the pocket but he also has the athleticism to make plays happen with his legs when things break down. Another strength of his is his natural build, he’s already 6’3 195 pounds with his frame he can easily add an extra 15 pounds of weight.

 Player Comparison: Getting Emory Jones was a enormous pickup, with the consistent poor quarterback play at Florida he has the chance to start day one. With that being said my player comparison for him would be former Clemson and now current Texans QB Deshaun Watson. This is a bold comparison, but however both players have the same build, throw really well on the run, dangerous with their legs , and are difference makers to their respective ball clubs. Florida is in great shape with emory jones under center.

Dameon Pierce: Another elite player Florida snatched out the peach state would be the talented Dameon Pierce. Originally committed to the former head coach Jim McElwain and his staff , pierce was a huge necessity for Mullen after getting hired as head coach. During his senior year pierce rushed for an impressive 2123 yards while getting 227 attempts and adding 32 TDs to his decelerated year.

Strengths: Pierce makes his presence felt in the backfield . A very powerful running back with a 5’10 205 pound build who could dust you in open field with his break away speed. More so quick than fast he also has the ability to make defenders in open space look foolish with his sudden moves. He has all the characteristics of being a ever down back.

Comparison: Damien Harris, given his size, speed and strength Pierce’s game is very reminiscent of the current Crimson Tide running back. Both are very patient runners who hit the hole hard and have the speed to break away from opposing secondaries.

Iverson Clement: Clement like Pierce , originally committed to Florida while McElwain was still the head coach. When new head coach Dan Mullen stepped in he also made Clement a priority, during Clements senior year he rushed for 1419 yards on 199 carries while also scoring 13 TDs.

Strengths: Clements versatility brings a lot to Floridas offense. He’s a down right weapon, he can play running back , receiver, return kickoffs, and also return punts. Standing 5’11 and 190 pounds he’s strong enough to run between the tackles , shifty enough to make defenders look silly in open field, and just flat out has acceleration to run pass a opposing defenses secondary. Another thing that stands out with clement is that he’s a excellent pass catcher. Screens, dump offs, and swing passes will also be go to plays for Clement when he enters the game.

Player comparison: Looking at Clement’s film he reminds me a lot of former Oklahoma sooner now current Miami Dolphins running back Damien Williams. Similar running styles both players can run through tackles, have quick feet, and have the ability to see open holes well. With clement’s skill set he’s a guaranteed six points.

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