On December 12, 2015 Tyrin Summers gave his pledge to the Bearcats, which proved to be a surprise to many. Rated a three-star recruit by sites such as 247Sports and ESPN, he had offers from programs such as the Miami Hurricanes and West Virginia Mountaineers. The ability to gain a commitment from such a dynamic down the field threat against other top programs should show its dividends right away, as Summers looks to be a candidate for early playing time.
Deeper Look Into the Game of Summers:
Strengths: Ridiculous speed, often looking like it is a video game when he is on the field against his opponents. The speed allows for him to eat up the space defenders give him in off coverage quickly, and put defenders in a vertical bind. The speed also allows for him to avoid press coverage, since he is a smaller body this proves to be a huge plus for him. Lines up everywhere for his high school team, catching passes, taking jet sweeps, and taking handoffs from the running back position. Able to provide a great multitude of options for the Bearcats in the future.
Weaknesses: Currently he is a body catcher, meaning he lets the ball into his pads rather than catching it with his hands. This may prove to be an issue at the next level when coverage is tighter. Route running also appears to at the developmental stage still, mostly fade and go routes. Will need to develop a more complete route tree to become a big time factor at UC.
Projection: Will prove to be a big play threat from the time he arrives on campus. Will possibly look to impact the return game as a freshman, but limited playing time early. Look for him to continue to develop more consistent hands and route running to become a complete receiver for the Bearcats down the road.