Posted: 7:46 am Thursday, October 1st, 2009
By Jason Lieser
Royal Palm Beach wide receiver Jared Dangerfield believes he is on the brink of receiving some scholarship offers. Given his size (6-2 1/2, 180, No. 36 on The Big Board) and his first two games, it seems like colleges are sleeping on a quality prospect.
In two games, Dangerfield has 10 receptions for 110 yards and two touchdown catches, plus a special teams score. To give those numbers some perspective, that yardage accounts for more than half of the Wildcats’ total passing offense.
All three of his touchdowns have been spectacular. He dragged his feet on a leaping 14-yard grab for the game-winner against Palm Beach Central, fully extended his body on a 25-yard diving catch against Glades Central and blistered the Raiders’ special teams coverage for a 90-yard kickoff return.
“I’m changing minds,” Dangerfield said. “I can be a threat with the ball in my hands, not just on a jump ball. I’m not just a possession receiver. I’m a full-package receiver.”
It appears a few schools agree. Dangerfield said he has spoken with Buffalo, Florida Atlantic and Appalachian State and believes all three schools will offer him. Louisville and West Virginia have requested copies of his transcripts, Dangerfield said.
He has also drawn interest from Florida State, Florida International and Hofstra. His older brother, Jordan, currently is a freshman defensive back for Hofstra.
“I think a couple other schools will come later in the season, after I have good stats and good film,” Dangerfield said.
“I’m still on Florida State’s radar. They said they want to see how I do this season. That’d be a dream. If they offered, I would commit A.S.A.P.”
One thing holding Dangerfield back is his speed. He said he runs a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash, but there are some doubters.
“A lot of people thought I didn’t run a 4.5,” he said. “They said, ‘You look like more of a 4.6 or 4.7 guy.’ I can run a 4.5. I’ll show you guys. They’ll believe me after the Glades Central game with that kick return.”
But let’s say, for argument’s sake, that he does run a 4.6. One thing to remember about Dangerfield is he just turned 17 years old. If he had lived in Florida all his life, he probably would be a junior (Dangerfield moved from Long Island to Royal Palm Beach in 2005). He likely is not done growing or developing. If a school signs him then redshirts him, that program could be looking at a 6-4, 200-pound receiver who runs a 4.4 or low 4.5 by the time he actually sees the field. Obviously it’s impossible to give a precise projection, but it is something to consider.