Sunday, August 5, 2012

Recapping 2012 WR Commit Jehu Chesson

One of the biggest needs in the 2012 class was wide receiver and Michigan snagged a good one in Jehu Chesson. Jehu Chesson hails out of Ladue, Missouri.  After the departure of guys like Junior Hemingway (NFL) and Darryl Stonum (transfer to Baylor) the wide receiver position was going to be a big time need for Michigan to fill and Jehu was one of the two pieces that went towards doing so.  Roy Roundtree is the obvious #1 guy but it's really a toss up as far as the rest of the depth chart will go.  Sure Michigan has good receivers in Drew Dileo and Jeremy Gallon but neither of these two guys have good size.  Good short, speedy slot receivers so Michigan went out there and got a guy in Jehu Chesson that's got good height in 6'3" and he can go up and get the ball.  Denard Robinson has a bit of a tendancy to throw up some jump balls so having another receiver that can go up and get it is definitely something the Michigan offense needed.

Jehu is a true freshman this year and these guys don't necessarily get on the field a whole lot at Michigan but I think wide receiver could be where you see some young guys get playing time.  He doesn't have that elite speed after the catch, but he has the ability to go for jump balls, as well as that "no fear" mentality when it comes to going across the middle and catching footballs in that intermediate distance.  With Michigan converting to the Al Borges "pro-style" offense, I think Jehu will be a great fit and was a pretty solid pick up.



Here are the basic listings for Chesson:

Height
6’3”
6’3”
6’3"
6’3"
Weight
182 lbs
182 lbs
175 lbs
185 lbs
Position
WR
WR
WR / DB
WR
Rating
3*
3*
3*
3*
Position Rank
#58
#91
#82
#56
National Rank
NR
NR
NR
NR



So to pretty much summarize the scouting services, Jehu is a consensus 3* across the board.  All listed him at 6'3" and right around 180 pounds.  Top 100 player at his position and not ranked nationally.  From what I could see, all of the sites basically said they liked his ability to go up and catch the ball as well as running routes across the middle without fear.  Weaknesses were that he could definitely add on some weight, which I agree. I think 200+ pounds would be ideal and they said he's not very elusive after the catch.  I could definitely compare him to a Jason Avant having those great hands and ability to catch.  A good solid third down type of receiver that will get you those much needed first downs and be a good weapon down inside the red zone.  He doesn't have that elite speed after the catch, but he is an excellent route runner and ran track in high school, so he does have some speed.  He also played time on the defensive side of the ball as Scout even listed him as a WR/DB as you can see above.  I watched some of his highlight film and he does have good recovery speed and good ball skills.  I believe the guys that are two-way players are definitely good and it shows the type of talent they have.  Michigan is definitely set at DB so I don't expect to see him on the defensive side of the ball.


Big question is whether we see Jehu on the field as a true freshman? Well, that's a good question and I think it's very possible.  As I eluded to above he could very well possibly see the field.  Pending he has a good fall camp and the coaches like what they see its possible.  There are plenty of receivers listed on the spring roster, but only three of them are above 6 feet tall and Jehu Chesson is one of them. Roy Roundtree, the team's top returning receiver, is only listed at 6'0" so Chesson could definitely be in play.

However, because of his inexperience and the likely development of some of the other receivers, a redshirt here probably seems the most realistic.  Michigan's other 2012 commit, Amara Darboh, seems more college ready and will probably go in before Chesson.  Along with this, there is always the question about Devin Gardner moving to wide receiver.  Given these circumstances, we probably won't get a chance to see him until the spring or fall 2013.

I think Jehu will be a big weapon down the road and once they get into the full on pro-style after Denard Robinson moves on he could have a big time impact.  Jehu is a solid football player and expect great things out of him at Michigan.  It might be a bit before he's a major contributor, but once he gets settled and puts on some weight, he should be a good player for Michigan.

Here's his highlight video:

1 comment:

  1. Jehu runs a 10.77 100 meters.He was state champ at this event.

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