Everyone says that teams who run an option offense can never attract elite wide receivers, and while Georgia Tech really hasn’t had what you would call an elite receiver since Demaryius Thomas left in 2010, they do get some quality wide-outs. One such quality wide receiver is part of the Yellow Jackets’ 2014 recruiting class – Barnesville, Georgia’s Qua Searcy.
Searcy, like teammates and fellow Georgia Tech commits Lawrence and Lance Austin, is out of Lamar County High School, where he has had an exceptional career as both a receiver, and safety on the defensive side of the ball. It seems those Lamar County Trojans excel at producing ironman football players.
If you are looking for the next Calvin Johnson or even DeAndre Smelter, you won’t find it in Searcy. However, he does possess great quickness, and an exceptional vertical leap. His leaping ability, body flexibility and great hands will allow him to make some spectacular catches if given the chance.
The 5’11, 170 pound Searcy is very slight of build, and isn’t going to be able to knock defenders off the line on offense, or be able to play a safety position with any authority. Searcy will need to bulk up and add some size to his frame. However, at his height, the amount of weight he can add will be limited.
When playing on offense, Searcy will use his quickness and size to his advantage. Since he won’t be able to use strength to overcome press coverage, his ability to employ double-moves and quick cuts will allow him to get separation from defenders. He’s not a home run hitter, but could be a great possession receiver in the slot, or on quick outs. He does need to learn to become more disciplined in his route running.
On defense, Searcy has the ability to play a free safety spot, and has great ball instincts. At the FBS level, his size may limit how much playing time (if any) he will get at safety, but like some of the other incoming recruits, he could be a candidate for punt or kick returns.
Chances are that Searcy will be redshirted in his freshman year, but depending on how things shake out and which players declare for the draft, he could possibly work his way into the 2014 playing roster.