Croot Loops: LB Jameer Outsey

Outsey will give Iowa's D a pursue and punish element

Published: February 18 2014 | 1:42 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 3:49 am in
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We'll allow lists to introduce Jameer Outsey.

The 6-3, 225-pound linebacker was listed at No. 26 on NJ.com's list of top area preps. On this list, Outsey is surrounded by players from Boston College, Virginia Tech, Miami (Fla.) and Northwestern. He's also seven spots ahead of fellow Iowa commit DE Terrance Harris.

On the NJ.com's list of New Jersey's top five linebackers, Outsey is listed No. 4. "The athletic 6-3, 210-pound senior could play several different positions at the next level, but he is strongest at linebacker, which is where he figures to be when he heads to Iowa next year."

Outsey recorded 51 tackles as a senior, with 13 tackles for loss, five sacks and an interception return for a touchdown. The first-team all-Somerset County pick also had 13 receptions for 193 yards and three touchdowns.

Outsey, who picked Iowa offers from Pitt and Akron, is another Hawkeye recruit with position flexibility. He played linebacker, tight end and defensive end at Franklin High (N.J.) School. Oh, he also played some offensive tackle.

At Iowa, it looks like weakside linebacker is where Outsey, who played outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense for Franklin, will begin. Where he ends up? That's a future conversation.

"As of right now, I haven't heard anything about it, but I'm not sure down the line," Outsey told HawkeyeReport.com on the possibility of defensive end.

Outsey committed to the Hawkeyes and Iowa City sight unseen. He committed in June and didn't visit until October.

"I just learned that you need to come in there as a freshman and just listen and learn as much as you can," Outsey told HawkeyeReport. "Talking to the guys that are there, they tell you what to expect, they tell you how practices are going to be, and they tell you how everyday life is going to be, so I just want to come in there and learn and be open minded and humble about everything."

Basics: Franklin High School (Somerset, N.J.), 6-3, 2255, linebacker

Dent the depth chart in ’14? — Special teams would be the ticket. Don't count that out. LB Christian Kirksey spent his freshman season playing special teams exclusively. He started the next three seasons. If he shows a knack in camp, don't be surprised if he gets a look at pass rusher. Or course, you remember the "raider" package from last season? That allowed true freshman Reggie Spearman to get on the field. It looks as though he's parlayed that into a shot at starting WLB. Outsey could see a similar path. He also could spend the year in the weight room and come out 245.

Off-the-top-of-my-head Hawkeye comparison — Jonathan Babineaux (Yes, going out on a limb. When Babineaux signed with Iowa in 2000, he was 6-2, 235 and began his career as a fullback. He ended up an all-Big Ten defensive tackle and is still getting paid to play defensive line with the Atlanta Falcons. Outsey is 6-3, 225. He's tall with broad shoulders. Potential starter kit, but we'll see.)

ESPN.com scouting snippet — Outsey is a talented athlete with multiple position skills. He lines up as a linebacker playing from a two-point stance on the line and also a three-point stance as a defensive end. Very effective running short routes and blocking as a tight and slot receiver. However, we feel his size, strength, range and playing speed appear best suited for the outside linebacker position at the BCS level of play and his frame appears capable of supporting additional bulk over time. He is a strong tackler and blocker. Does a good job blocking on the edge and sealing off linebackers. We see good defensive range and playing speed to the sideline. . . . Outsey should be productive as a special teams player and also brings tight end talent to the table. Does a good job running basic short routes with the ability to settle and get into dead areas vs. underneath zone coverage. He is a relaxed hands catcher capable of working the middle of the field, competing in traffic and finishing strong over his pads. An efficient edge blocker with the ability to gain and sustaining an advantage on the line and at the second level. Settling into the linebacker position will require time and most likely a redshirt year prior to challenging for playing time at the BCS level of competition.

What Iowa said . . .

Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz on recruiting the east and crediting assistant coach Chris White: “Chris had some good ties back in that part of the country. He recruited there at Syracuse and up at Holy Cross, so it became apparent to me traveling with him out there, that he had good ties to people out there who really trusted him. And Chris also resonates really well with young people. The guys on our football team were certainly prospects, and Chris i sa really impressive guy. He does a great job representing our program. He did a really, really nice job."

Iowa recruiting coordinator Eric Johnson on where Outsey starts: “He's a linebacker and he'll probably start on the outside and just kind of see where he fits. He's athletic, tough. Big-framed guy."

What Rivals.com said . . .

Midwest recruiting coordinator Josh Helmholdt: “I had not seen him before our Rivals camp in New Jersey last year. Even before he stepped on the field, he was one of those guys who immediately pick out. He just looks like a college linebacker should look. From there, I thought he handled himself very well in the camp setting, which usually doesn't benefit linebackers. They usually end up against running backs and go one-on-one with running backs. I thought he handled himself very well in the one-on-ones. I wrote down, 'Always around the football.' That means his IQ for the position was very high. Combine that with his physical tools, he fits the bill. I know he's one Iowa fans are excited about."

What I think (FWIW, obviously) . . .

Outsey pursues and punishes. On a few snaps here, he lost the ball carrier initially, but instead of jogging and trailing, he closed and made backside tackles. He showed here he can beat and get off blocks. When he gets his hand on you, you're tackled. He seemed to prefer playing stand-up on the edge. The majority of this particular YouTube shows him in that position, but he also rotated inside a few times and played with his hand on the ground. No matter where he ends up, Outsey looks like the pursue-punish defensive player any team can use.


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