Player Focus Breakdowns

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Player Focus: DE Kaseem Vauls - Vance Cougars


The Vance Cougars were one of the best teams in Charlotte last year, making it all the way to the 4AA State Title game, and they had a number of players who were impact players. Kaseem Vauls may not be a name you know, but this Class of 2021 DL prospect has a film that is very impressive.

I’ve seen Kaseem grow from his freshman year playing JV football, and to say his development has been fast would be a major understatement. The first thing that stands out to me is the fact he is just a relentless pass rusher. He gets off the ball extremely fast, which allows him leverage to really get into an OL and use his hands to gain advantages in getting to the QB.

Vauls works a couple of good moves off of that quick step, I’ve personally seen him use the speed rush, an inside rip move, and a spin move that is a great counter when an OL tries to overset outside, worried about his speed rush. His frame at 6’1 and 235 gives him room to still grow with two more years before the next level, and running a 4.6-4.7 40 already is a major plus, and could give him options to play in space down the road as well.

Kaseem also plays well against the run, in his film he plays inside at DT and going against bigger guards and centers, he holds the point of attack well, sheds blocks, and finds the ball carrier and tackles well. On getting to the QB, Kaseem does a great job in going for the strip sack, forcing turnovers for his team multiple times on film, as well as bringing some big hits to the QB.

Vauls has done well on the camp circuit already, earning some Top 5 awards at various camps. I would expect some schools to start taking notice of this talented prospect on a very good team who is bringing a lot of talent back this season to make another run at a state title. Very good player with a bright future right here.

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