2022 – RB –Jovantae Barnes – Desert Pines, NV – 6’0/ 190
247 Rank: National - 105 / RB - 6 / NV – 3
Commitment – Undecided
Name/Location/Date/Time of film for evaluation – Soph Film– Hudl – 12/14/2019 – 5m 33sec
Physical Attributes – We can start with a verified 4.53 40 & 4.08 short shuttle with Jovantae. With solid size and thickness added to his elite initial burst and acceleration with enough long speed to take it to the house on any given play. He shows excellent feet and twitch. He runs with power and explosiveness on every snap. He shows excellent hands to be a factor in the pass game along with the body to handle blocking in the pass game as well.
Position Specific Skills – His initial quicks, ability to burst at an elite level off his initial cut is second to none. He can flat out fly and it shows on film. His play speed is elite and his long speed is excellent. Not a big make you miss type runner but more of a one cut and go type guy. And when he goes, he goes. He has hands and he has the toughness and body type to block which will make him and every down back at the next level. He has the ability to break tackles with his thick lowers along with his ability to outrun defenders.
Overall – Jovantae is a one cut, elite burst running back that can be an every down back. A great zone runner whether it be outside or inside zone. Once he cuts he is off to the races. Jovontae relies on his elite burst out of his cuts and his vision to see the hole and hit the hole with the kind of burst that is a nightmare for defenders. He gets to the second level as fast as I’ve seen any back in his class do. If the second level defender takes a bad angle, Javontae will take it to the house. When the second level defender takes a good angle, Jovantae uses his lower body power and toughness to force a broken tackle, more often than not.
Paul GonnellaPaul is the CEO and Co-Founder of THE PROCESS Football Recruiting. His 10 years of experience as the Director of Player Personnel at Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, Miami, Purdue, South Florida, and Memphis make Paul one of the best evaluators in the country.