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Minnesota Golden Gophers recruiting analysis: LB Jonathan Celestin

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High School: Mundy’s Mill

Hometown: Jonesboro, Ga.

Position: Linebacker

Height: 6-1

Weight: 210

My Assessment: He is a bit passive when taking on blockers. He looks to avoid them rather than shed them, which usually forces him to make the play further downfield than he could. He is athletic and can run space. When he gets the chance, looks for the big hit and can make it.

Overview: Rated as a two-star recruit by 247Sports, which also tabs him as the 124th best linebacker in his class and as the 164th best player in Georgia.

ESPN Analysis: Shows good playing strength, particularly as a tackler - above average straight-line closing speed - has the burst to chase backs down from behind - shows good instincts and anticipation - will shoot gaps with good timing to penetrate backfield - ability to keep blockers away from frame - works to protect lower half when moving laterally - quick to get downhill and make contact - ability to play with leverage and use hands to get off of blocks - very explosive tackler - generates short-area power to drive through and wrap up on contact - will be productive to break down in space and make a solid tackle in space - power to knock back ball carriers in the short area - ability to keep his eyes on the QB while he drops to his zone.

High School: Attends Mundy’s Mill High School - helped lead his team to an 8-5 record, which was the best season in school history - team advanced to Class 5A quarterfinals - honorable mention All-State - named Clayton County’s top defensive player by the Clayton Daily News - moved from safety to linebacker during his senior season and led the team with 139 tackles (92 solo) - recorded 10 or more tackles in eight games - had seven tackles-for-loss and four sacks - caught seven passes for 81 yards as a tight end - high school teammate of fellow commit Rodney Smith - coached by Greg Manior.



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