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Updated scouting report on Top247 4-star edge Joshua Mickens – 247Sports

Joshua Mickens, a 2023 four-star edge out of Lawrence Central in Indianapolis, plans to announce his commitment Sunday. Ranked in the top 170 overall nationally, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Mickens has taken official visits to North Carolina and LSU, with the latter leading the 247Sports Crystal Ball as of Saturday afternoon.

Schools such as Michigan State, Purdue, and USC have also pursued Mickens, who’s reported more than 30 offers to date. Mickens combines excellent physical tools with impressive on-field context and a stellar athletic profile as a three-sport athlete.

In Fall 2021, Mickens’ production took a big leap as he registered 70 tackles, 22 1/2 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, and five forced fumbles. He primarily played with a hand on the ground in a four-man front, which he could do at the next level, in addition to his potential as a standing edge rusher.

Below is the updated 247Sports scouting report on Mickens. His Sunday commitment is expected to come at noon EDT.

247SPORTS SCOUTING REPORT

Possesses requisite physical tools for a true edge projection, whether putting a hand on the ground or standing up in a hybrid role. Good height with wiry strong frame that holds ample space to add needed mass.

Plays with his hair on fire. Unregulated motor with accompanying pursuit athleticism. Shows chase-down ability and provides dangerous back-side threat. Flashes encouraging dip-and-bend athleticism to run the arc. Highly productive junior season with 20-plus TFL, a dozen sacks, several forced fumbles.

Efficient in hand violence with little wasted activity. Flashes some heavy-handedness in dislodging pop against bigger blockers. Quick first step adds juice to pursuit acceleration.

Owns an outstanding overall athletic profile with three-sport participation. Averaged 13 points and seven boards per game in a junior hoops campaign that featured not only good athletic context, but sport-specific skill (53 percent FG, 72 percent FT). Decorated shot put competitor with at least three throws from Spring 2022 indoor and outdoor competition beyond 50 feet.

Will need to continue adding mass to combat point-of-conflict size and strength at the high-major level. A bit unorthodox in movement patterns, gets the job done, but can get looser and twitchier in short-area lateral scenarios. Generally a good tackler but occasionally compromises form for a big hit. Can get more consistent in snap anticipation to further elevate pass-rush threat.

Bona fide Power Five-caliber edge prospect who checks a number of desired attributes in regards to frame, athletic foundation, and production. Projects as a potential impact player down the road for a high-major school with the long-term potential to become an NFL Draft candidate.

Source: https://247sports.com/article/updated-scouting-report-on-top247-4-star-edge-joshua-mickens-189588229

Joshua Mickens, a 2023 four-star edge out of Lawrence Central in Indianapolis, plans to announce his commitment Sunday. Ranked in the top 170 overall nationally, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Mickens has taken official visits to North Carolina and LSU, with the latter leading the 247Sports Crystal Ball as of Saturday afternoon.

Schools such as Michigan State, Purdue, and USC have also pursued Mickens, who’s reported more than 30 offers to date. Mickens combines excellent physical tools with impressive on-field context and a stellar athletic profile as a three-sport athlete.

In Fall 2021, Mickens’ production took a big leap as he registered 70 tackles, 22 1/2 tackles for loss, 12 …….

Joshua Mickens, a 2023 four-star edge out of Lawrence Central in Indianapolis, plans to announce his commitment Sunday. Ranked in the top 170 overall nationally, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound Mickens has taken official visits to North Carolina and LSU, with the latter leading the 247Sports Crystal Ball as of Saturday afternoon.

Schools such as Michigan State, Purdue, and USC have also pursued Mickens, who’s reported more than 30 offers to date. Mickens combines excellent physical tools with impressive on-field context and a stellar athletic profile as a three-sport athlete.

In Fall 2021, Mickens’ production took a big leap as he registered 70 tackles, 22 1/2 tackles for loss, 12 …….

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