Hey, sleepers and tall wideouts!
Proud to say that I have committed to The University of Minnesota pic.twitter.com/QYGwQxumj8— Shaddy P⭐️ (@thatboy_still) January 25, 2015
El Paso (TX) Andress HS receiver Rashad Still committed to Minnesota this evening while on his official visit. Rated a 2 star prospect according to 247Sports' Industry Composite, Still is the first true sleeper prospect of the class as the staff offered him just this week after watching him play basketball; Rashad reportedly choose Minnesota over UCF and Northern Illinois despite limited interest from hometown UTEP. Still is the 20th member of the 2015 class, the third player from Texas and the second projected wide receiver.
(Likely Fraudulent) Measurables**
** The section title is a bit. It's intentionally facetious comment on how recruiting sites (and even some college coaches) notoriously exaggerate traditional combine measures -- especially the 40. No offense is meant.
Weight: 200 lbs.
Fake 40 Time: 4.5s
Still's rawness as a wideout and under-the-radar nature are very similar to a wideout from the previous class: Desmond Gant. Gant, however, is more of a speedy wideout (he was tied with Donovahn Jones in Final Summer 2014 speed testing among wide receivers and 4th on the team overall) while Rashad is more akin to fellow 2015 WR commit Hunter Register: tall and long armed with a big catch radius. Still is much more raw than Register at this point, though length and hands cannot be taught.
Still has only been playing football for 2 years, as he was much more of a basketball player up until last season. That's a common tactic of this staff when evaluating prospects on the trail: getting a sense of overall athleticism and specifically leaping ability by watching them play other sports, namely hoops. Ultimately, Rashad fits into what this staff has been moving towards with their wideout targets: bigger bodied receivers who can win aerial battles and make life easier for QBs with a big catch radius. As an added bonus, Still's frame should also serve well as an edge run blocker -- and you all know how important that is to an offense than runs the ball roughly 70% of the time.
Still is very raw but has the height and arm length that made the staff take notice. He'll need to work on improving his entire game, starting with strength and explosiveness but also to avoid body catching and getting a better release off the line. Rashad is a redshirt candidate while he gets acclimated to a college S&C program and learning proper WR technique.
Impact on Other Prospects?
Kill had mentioned on the Sprots Huddle with EL SID they were looking to bring in 2 WRs, and they've accomplished that with the last two pledges in the span of a week. Unless a home run receiver or TE recruit emerges during the last week before NSD, the staff is likely done for the current cycle and looking ahead to 2016.