For as long I have been doing the scouting service, every year I make a trip to Bedford High School to watch at least two of their prospects, sometimes more. This year will be no different. At the recent Cleveland Browns Showcase, Decarleon Townsend (2019) got my attention.
Just a sidebar, but his high school coach, Sean Williams, was one of those players that I went to see many years ago. Former NFL player, Eric Beverly, back in the 1990’s is another.
Actually, I first met him last summer at the Youngstown 7on7 competition. Liked his attitude and his ability. Played fast. Just learning then, but showed tremendous improvement over last season.
Last fall, I only watched him for a half. Typical Bedford player for me. Tough. Had some burst. Ran well. Closed well. Really physical. Played with an attitude.
As I talked with him at the Showcase, I saw much the same thing. But what I also saw was his ability to lead. Seemed to get DB’s in the right position. Understood what was being asked. Was trying to make the younger players better. I liked his leadership, period. Like his 2.85 GPA and 21 ACT score, as well.
Decarleon measured 5’11-190. In actual testing, he ran an electronic 4.56. In the pro shuttle, he ran 4.2. Broad jumped 9’3. Verticaled over 33 inches. Excellent measurements. 4.56 electronic in March is really good.
Also watched him at the Under Armour Camp a few weeks back. There he ran a 4.52 electronic. At that camp, he did everything that he did at the Browns Showcase. One difference – better competition at Under Armour. True to my liking – there was no back down. He competes.
Liked his ability to turn his hips, but he needs to improve his hips. Can backpedal. Anticipates well. Really like his closing speed. Toughness is always evident.
Remember last fall watching him run from the RB position. Looked good. Avoided tackles, but also ran over defenders. For me, an ideal strong safety. Too fast. Too strong. Too physical. Not to be.
Decarleon is flying under the radar right now. Some interest from some MAC schools. But that never bothers me. After he gets in front of big school “decision makers,” his ceiling will be high. FWIM – he is one of the MSR’s top 25 prospects in the Ohio Class of 2019.