The Florida Gators added the final piece to the 2022 recruiting class when the Birmingham (California) athlete Arlis Boardingham committed to UF on Wednesday night, exactly one week after National Signing Day.
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Boardingham is a versatile prospect who has the ability to play multiple positions on either side of the ball, but it looks like he’ll slip into tight end to be coached by William Peagler.
When you watch Boardingham’s film, the first thing you notice is his ability to play with the ball in his hands. I have to admit, I didn’t expect to see a 6-foot-4, 220-pound prospect return punts when I released the Boardingham tape, but the first two clips are exactly that.
While he’s not someone who’s going to blow your mind with his speed or sneakiness, Boardingham does a good job of getting upfield after securing the ball, using his height to get rid of tacklers and his long stride. to walk away. Boardingham is a very physical prospect, both on the line of scrimmage and after the catch as a receiver as well as on defense as a linebacker, and the latter should bode well when he moves to tight end. to the next level.
You don’t see Boardingham online as a tight end at all in his band because he’s mostly split as a receiver. However, I wouldn’t expect to see him play that role in Florida either, as the TE/WR hybrid has become much more prominent in college football and that’s how Boardingham is likely to fit in.
Although he has a particular talent for the position and it would not be fair to compare players, consider Kyle Pitts‘role in Florida’s attack when you imagine Boardingham’s role.
Boardingham’s greatest strength is his ability to mount and point the football to make contested holds. He uses his big frame and long arms very well to frame defenders and is physical at the point of capture, often getting over players in cover and clearing the ball away from them.
The one thing that wasn’t very obvious in Boardingham’s film was that he was blocking. With Boardingham poised to be a tight end when he arrives on campus, he will no doubt be asked to do so at the college level. He showed plenty of physicality to suggest blocking won’t be a problem, but he’ll need to develop his technique and learn the intricacies of responsibility before he can take the field for the Gators.
You can watch Boardingham’s senior season highlights here.
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