When it comes to being a play maker in the college level, size is not always a factor. What matters is your work ethic, ability to be a leader, and knowing what to do at all times. When you have speed, quickness, and potential to score every time the ball is in your hands, you have the chance to be very useful to any offense in the nation.
Insert Malik Rutherford: WR at Champagnat Catholic High School.
The current Georgia Tech Commit is a very dynamic, under the radar, playmaker that is heavily involved with his teams success. Throughout the 2A State Champion’s High School career, he has been honored with First Team All-Dade (Junior Year) and Second Team All-Dade (Sophomore Year), and definitely plans to receive more accolades after his Senior Season.
When it comes to his 7v7 team ,SFE (South Florida Express), they have won 3 tournaments and are always visiting top Universities in the area due to all the talent on the team. There is no doubt that Florida produces some of the best talent in all of football, so it is never a bad idea to target these athletes. Miami knows that if they are successful on the field and in the recruiting trail in South Florida, then things can change for the better real soon.
This underneath crossing route from Nick Vattiato @canesqb11 to @MalikRutherford was working all day for @SouthFLExpress. They take home varsity title at @FootballHotbed #7vs7 varsity tournament today. pic.twitter.com/7RSKDiasHC— Marcus Benjamin (@_BenjaminReport) February 15, 2020
Malik Rutherford 2019 Junior Season Highlights:
In his Junior year, Malik missed two games but still recorded 1,057 All Purpose yards, 18.5 Yards Per Catch, and a total of 8 touchdowns.
When it comes to his play on the field, he demonstrated how he is able to play all around the field. At just 5’9, he lined up out wide, in the slot, at QB for runs, and would even motion out of the backfield.
Besides Malik’s ability to always make the first defender miss, one of my favorite things I witnessed is his willingness to block the defender until the end of the whistle. There is no questions he will need to gain weight for the collegiate level, but that is just the icing on the cake with someone who has these traits.
With him being clocked at a 4.48, he can be a game changer with his speed and ability to gain yards after the catch. Although he is 3 star as of now, I should remind you all that stars do not determine players success once those stars are a thing of the past. It is how you attack each practice and ability to make everyone around you better.
We are very capable of making him useful in our new offense, and even have him put up similar numbers as Louisville WR Tutu Atwell, former Miami Northwestern Alum.
Tutu Atwell is a great comparison for Malik Rutherford due to the size (5’9, 153 pounds) and play style. Tutu just had a career year by having 70 catches, 1,276 yards, 18.2 yards per catch, and 12 Touchdowns.
I am hopeful Malik is able to receive a Miami offer soon because I believe he would love to be a Miami Hurricane and be apart of Miami’s success.