Joshua Mickens

  • Pos Edge
  • Height 6-5
  • Weight 236

Prospect Info

Ohio State Buckeyes

  • Jersey #52
  • Class SO

As a Prospect

  • Class 2023
  • Committed 12/21/2022
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H.S. Scouting Report

Evaluated 06/30/2022

Gabe Brooks 247Sports Scouting Analyst

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.

H.S. Athletic Background

Also plays basketball and throws shot put.
Won the Midwest Indoor Championships shot put title as a junior with a 52-0 throw in March 2022. Also posted a 53-0 PR during indoor competition. Indiana outdoor state meet qualifier in the shot put with a 50-4 outdoor PR.
Averaged 13.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.2 blocks during junior basketball campaign, shooting 53 percent from the field and 72 percent at the free-throw line.
Finished sophomore basketball season averaging 11.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.4 blocks, and 1.2 steals per game.
Posted a 48-4 shot put as a sophomore in May 2021.
- Gabe Brooks

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