Monday was a banner day for Alabama that showed how strong the program is as they completed one of the most dominant seasons in the history of college football with a National Title. That doesn’t, however, mean that the other schools in the SEC are giving up and while the Crimson Tide were busy preparing for their date with Ohio State, LSU was adding to its class of 2022 with Valdosta (Valdosta, GA) cornerback JaDarian Rhym.
By Steve Wright
Rhym is a 4-star prospect per the 247Sports Composite Ranking system. He is the No. 145 player overall in the nation, the No. 17 CB, and the No. 15 player in the class coming out of Georgia. At 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds he already has the height and length to compete with the better WRs in the conference and getting into a college strength and conditioning program will see him put on the extra muscle to take his physicality in coverage to the next level.
Rhym is a player that produced for the Bobcats after earning a starting spot as a sophomore. His biggest assets as a defender are his length – expected to be one of the longest defensive backs in the entire class thanks to his plus wingspan – and his instincts to make plays while the ball is in the air, often attacking it better than the wide receiver he is covering.
The very first play of the highlight film shows Rhym’s instincts as he sees the quick pass to a running back coming, driving forward with speed to make a huge hit that knocked the ball loose. The fourth play shows why scouts love Rhym as a man-to-man coverage guy. He is able to use his quick feet to mirror the offensive player before turning and running with him to be in a perfect position to break up the pass. He looks like a good one.