Position: Safety

Kaine Williams

Kaine Williams possesses ideal size with a tall, muscular frame that should continue to fill out while retaining his great range and athleticism. He excels in coverage with instinctive ball-hawking skills and a real feel for route recognition and field awareness. He reads the quarterback eyes and knows where he is going with the football which allows for so many big plays. He is disciplined and rarely caught out of position. The ideal roaming safety who can read, react, and close on the football quickly from any alignment.

Against the pass, Williams covers a lot of ground and has ideal range/length to play a centerfielder-type role. While he transitions quickly and shows very good plant and drive ability defending underneath routes and limiting underneath production and run after the catch, he is also smooth at opening his hips and turning and running to track the deep throw. He shows very good burst getting off the hash and over the top of routes and the acceleration when the ball is in the air to get into position for the key break up or INT. He might not be a technician but wins most one-on-one situations when lined up over slots in man-to-man and even shows the ability to split out at the corner and lockdown.

He is far from just a cover guy, and against the run, he can get off the mark and aggressively come downhill and make the key run stop. He runs the alley without a lot of wasted motion but can chase the big hit to aggressively sometimes. However, he has the length and body control to provide a reliable last line of defense and make key stops in the open field as well.

The bottom line is that Williams has the skillset to become an elite safety. He’s versatile and doesn’t have many limitations as a back-end defender and may even grow into an outside linebacker or Bandit type.

M.J. Daniels

M.J. Daniels is a tall, fast and physical football player who could actually get recruited for a few different positions. While a productive WR, I feel he will end up on defense and would fit best at safety. He flashes a better closing burst than top-end speed. I am not sure how he will time in the 40-yard dash but is football fast.

Daniels is a playmaker from the safety position. He’s a sleek, fluid athlete but also has a physical side to his game which will only increase after a year in a college strength and conditioning program. He still needs to fill out and add bulk, but he’s a quick-twitched athlete with plenty of pop and explosion.

There is limited film of him against the run but shows great underneath pursuit speed, as well as the ability to recover long in pass defense. He’s quick to open his hips, change direction and find the ball. He has very good anticipation and ball tracking skills in coverage. Will read the QB and route development naturally and accurately and time his break to get in proper positioning to undercut the route and make a play.

Daniels turns into a receiver in one-on-one coverage. Has good ball skills and excels as a high-pointer. He has fluid hips, transition and overall movements that allow him to mirror receivers tightly in man, and he has the closing burst to make up ground when the ball is in the air. If he can’t undercut the route he will look to cause a collision and separate by contact. A secure wrap-up tackler in the open field who limits the run after the catch.

There is a chance that Daniels could end up on offense. He does have the talent to be a future starting wide receiver in the SEC but he has a shot to be a star at safety. I currently have Daniels as a 3-star because he needs to continue adding bulk to hold up as a run supporter. If there is more film during his senior season in run support, I expect him to bump to a 4-star.

David Daniel

David Daniel is a tall, lengthy athlete with prototypical size with fluid hips. He is well-built with very good height and length with the ability to match up with the bigger college receivers. He is aggressive and physical in the first level and plays with good functional strength getting over blocks and tackling. David displays better burst than top-end speed but he pursues smart and fast and can cover the field from most alignments.

He Shows really good instincts in coverage; anticipates and has a feel for where the QB is going with the ball. David is savvy and natural with his reads and diagnoses. Shows ball-hawk coverage skills and has the fluid hips and foot-quickness to mirror over slots and match up in man-to-man.

David is very active in run support and can play the run effectively from the first or second level. He has a feisty yet disruptive style to his play when deployed in the box and slips through heavy trash and is difficult to block. He takes good direct angles with little wasted motion.

David is a tough defender who is athletic enough to play all over the field. He is a high effort player who has enough speed and range to make plays from sideline to sideline. He is the type of player that really excels under Kirby Smart because he is disciplined and plays with a chip on his shoulder. David is also a player who could challenge for a 5th star next season.

Kadarius Calloway

Kadarius Calloway is one of the most intriguing prospects in the nation. I am not a fan of giving players listed as athletes high rankings. Normally if a player doesn’t have a defined position before they arrive on campus, they’re unlikely to live up to the hype. They will spend much of their college career trying to find where they fit in best. Just because a player is good at several things in high school, does not mean he will be great at one thing in college.

Calloway is different because he could develop to an All-SEC player at two positions.

As a receiver, he is a natural, confident pass catcher with quick, strong hands. He demonstrates very good body control with the ability to adjust to throws outside of frame and can track the ball well over his shoulder. He led his high school in receiving yards (770) while averaging over 25 yards a catch.

As a Safety, he could utilize his excellent range and wingspan to make plays in pass coverage. He consistently gets a good break on the ball and is quick to get in position to undercut. He gets over routes as well with ease and has excellent high-point and ball skills.

Calloway Wins most 50/50 balls and provides great matchups on taller receivers in the red-zone. He has experience in man and understands the concepts of press coverage and gaining leverage with his long arms.

For NFL potential, he might best fit at safety. However, I believe he would be most effective at the collegiate level as a wide receiver in Mike Leach’s system.

Donovan Kaufmann

Scouting Report: (7/12/19) Donovan Kaufmann is on the smaller side but is muscular, durable and plays bigger than his measurables. While height is not ideal, I don’t believe it will be an issue on the collegiate level. He is a fierce competitor and never backs down from competition. 

Donovan is aggressive and physical in the first level and plays with good functional strength getting over blocks and tackling. Displays better burst than top-end speed but he pursues smart and fast and can cover the field from most alignments.

He Shows really good instincts in coverage; anticipates and has a feel for where the QB is going with the ball. Donovan is savvy and natural with his reads and diagnoses. Shows ball-hawk coverage skills more than technical refinement but has the fluid hips and foot-quickness to mirror over slots and match up in man-to-man.

Donovan is very active in run support and can play the run effectively from the first or second level. He has a feisty yet disruptive style to his play when deployed in the box and slips through heavy trash and is difficult to block. He takes good direct angles with little wasted motion and excels as a blitzer coming off the edge. Donovan has a quick first step off the snap, will bend and close with great burst and closing speed. He will uncoil on contact as a tackler and his pop will jar the ball loose.

Donovan is a tough defender who is athletic enough to play all over the field. He is a high effort player who has enough speed and range to make plays from sideline to sideline. He is the type of player that really excels at Vanderbilt because he is overlooked and plays with a chip on his shoulder. This is a player that I might move to 4-star by the end of the season.

Antonio Johnson

Scouting Report:(6/14/2019) Antonio has very good height and length on a leaner frame with room to add size and strength over the next few seasons. He is an explosive athlete with a long stride that allows him to cover a lot of ground in pursuit.

Johnson is an excellent run supporting safety. He is quick to make his reads and gets downhill with sharp angles and very little wasted motion to the ball carrier. He keeps proper leverage on the ball and makes explosive contact. Strong wrap-up tackler who drives through and knocks ball carriers back.

Antonio utilizes his excellent range and huge wingspan to make plays in pass coverage. He consistently gets a good break on the ball and is quick to get in position to undercut. He gets over routes as well with ease and has excellent high-point and ball skills.

Johnson Wins most 50/50 balls and provides great matchups on taller receivers in the red-zone. He has experience in man and understands the concepts of press coverage and gaining leverage with his long arms.

Antonio has all the tools to be a productive safety at the college level and under Jeremy Pruitt could turn into an All-SEC defender.  Although the transition from high school to the SEC always has its challenges, it will help that East St. Louis runs a 3-4 defense.

He finished his junior season with an impressive 81 tackles and five interceptions. This is even more impressive when you consider he also caught 33 passes for 642 yards and nine touchdowns.