This week, SI All-American released its watch list of over 1,000 prospects in the 2021 class.
Over the next few weeks we’ll be releasing the player profiles and scouting reports of the 15 LSU commits. JoJo Earle is one of the most electric prospects in the class and is one of three receivers that the Tigers have added to the class.
As a junior at Aledo High School, Earle brought in 84 receptions for 1,601 yards and 16 touchdowns while adding 429 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground. Earle told LSUCountry in April that one of the reasons he committed to the Tigers is their consistency of getting players to the NFL.
"They constantly put people in the league and I want to be one of those people," Earle said. "It's just crazy, when I was younger I used to like LSU a lot. I told my mom one time, she was like 'what college do you want to go to?' I was like 'LSU' and she brought that up the other day and it surprised me."
Earle’s role in Baton Rouge will probably be best served in the slot, something he’s talked with LSU coach Ed Orgeron about.
“The way they use their slots on the inside, they get them into space and when I get the ball in space, I can make moves and get to the endzone," Earle said. "I really model my game after Tavon Austin, a shorter guy who makes the most of his size by being elite in other areas."
Here is Earle’s scouting report and player profile:
Status: SI All-American Candidate
Vitals: 5-foot-9.5, 170 pounds
Position: Running Back
School: Aledo (Texas)
Frame: Lacks ideal height and length, but does possess a thicker frame and a strong build.
Athleticism: Agility and elusiveness jump off the screen. Earle has exceptional agility and balance, traits that allow him to play with top-level elusiveness, but also make him difficult to tackle in space. Gets to full speed quickly and shows impressive acceleration, traits that overcome the lack of true top-end speed.
Instincts: Makes quick decisions when working horizontally, either climbing over the top of the zone or leveling off underneath. Once he gets the ball in his hands he turns into a running back, and his decision making and anticipation are excellent. Subtle moves in the open field to win beyond speed.
Polish: Earle needs to clean up his ability to win against good re-routes, and his top ends can get a bit choppy, but his potential as a route runner is elite due to his agility, understanding of how to attack leverage and feel for finding openings in the defense. Consistently catches the ball away from his body and shows excellent timing as a pass-catcher.
Bottom Line: Earle was incredibly productive for Aledo, racking up 1,601 receiving yards, 429 rushing yards, 429 return yards and 26 total touchdowns in 2019. He's a highly intelligent pass catcher that is a threat vertically, horizontally, is dangerous against the zone and is dynamic with the ball in his hands.