Commit Analysis: Close Look at Oregon Commit Chris Steele

247Sports takes a look at what Oregon is getting with their new DB commit, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco/Florida transfer Chris Steele…

Profile: Chris Steele

Position: Defensive back

Height: 6-2

Weight: 190 pounds

Recruiting: To say Steele's recruitment was a whirlwind would be an understatement. He originally committed to UCLA when he was just a sophomore. He backed off his commitment and then committed to USC the summer before his senior year. During his senior season, Steele de-committed from the Trojans and ended up committing to Florida at the All-American Bowl. After making it through Spring Ball, Steele decided to transfer out of Florida and committed to Oregon earlier today. In looking back at his recruitment, Oregon is the school we think Steele always wanted to be at. He had a closer relationship with Duck DB coach Donte Williams  than any other coach and always raved about the program and his comfort level after every one of his unofficial visits there. Next up for Steele will be petitioning the NCAA to gain immediate eligibility this fall but in light of a few other cases we have seen this year, it will be a major surprise if the NCAA denies their petition. 

What to Like: Steele is as competitive as they come. He plays with a serious edge to his game and is arguably the most physical defensive back in the country. He offers the positional versatility to play corner or safety and has a chance to be an impact player at either spot. He has always played corner and that’s definitely his dream position. He’s strong in press coverage, is technically sound and has good straight line speed. He’s strong in run support and when you look at his ability to play a physical game with his size and football IQ, it’s easy to see a transition to safety would be an easy move for him. He’s a kid who never takes a down off but plays with a ton of passion and energy. His off the field work ethic is extremely high as well and he has a strong desire to not just be good but a great football player. He’s a lean 190 pounds and as he fills out, we could see him playing at 6-2 and 210 pounds easily. He’s a true tough kid who will scrap and claw all day long and is the kind of player you hate to play against but love to have on your time.

Areas to improve: As mentioned, Steele has good straight line speed but we want to see him continue to improve his fluidity and ability to change direction. His ball awareness is another area we think he can get better at. The times he was beaten last year, he was solid in coverage but doesn’t always see the football. He loves to talk and plays with a lot of swagger to his game. There are times it can be a little over the top but as long as he stays focused and plays his game, he should be just fine.

Overall Analysis: Steele was a huge pick up for the Ducks. He’s a high academic kid and when you land him, you basically land a corner and a safety since he can play either spot. He should be a very good recruiter and is very popular among his peers. Steele just seems like an Oregon type of player and fits what they want to do in the secondary with his size, toughness and energy. We have often compared him to former USC DB and Baltimore Ravens draftee Iman ‘Biggie’ Marshall in terms of his size and physical style of play and if he continues to develop and maximizes his potential, there’s no reason why he can’t have an excellent college career and a future playing on Sundays as well.

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