We’ll turn to the offensive side of the ball for our next commitment spotlight. Specifically, the offensive line.
As is the case with lots of other position groupings, UW is still hoping to add some significant pieces up front in this class — namely, Lakes High’s Zach Banner and Shane Brostek of Kamuela, Hawaii. (And yes, it does seem like more players than ever are waiting until the final days to make their decisions).
But at the moment, UW has three offensive linemen committed — all local players from the greater Seattle area. Here’s a look at each:
OL/C Cory English, 6-4, 285, Auburn: English considered Oregon State heavily, as well, before committing to UW in December.,
He is rated two stars by Scout.com and the No. 20 center nationally. Rivals.com rates him three stars.
Auburn High coach Gordon Elliott said of English that: “He’s got good size. The one thing you need at that level, you need to fit a certain physical framework and he has that. He’s a pretty solid kid. The coaches who recruit him like his attitude, his sincerity and that type of thing. He’s big and strong and coaches like that. You can’t coach them to be that size, but you can coach a lot of other things when you get them.”
ESPN.com said of English:
“English displays the upper body playing strength necessary to dominate his present level of competition. Has the size with enough athleticism for the offensive guard position at the major level of competition; may be able to add some bulk to his frame provide quickness and agility are not compromised. Playing out of a three point stance we see flashes of good initial quickness and explosion when coming off the ball; gets good movement when down and double team blocking. Will need to work on lowering his pad level when single blocking however we see the agility and balance necessary to gain an advantage and sustain. This guy is a tough customer who displays the finishing attitude we like to see from offensive linemen. English does not appear to be an immediate starter at the BCS level of play; some time and perhaps a red shirt year may be needed to polish his skills.”
OT Nathan Dean, 6-5, 270, Kirkland (Juanita): Dean was one of UW’s earliest commits for this class, giving the word last June and staying committed throughout. He is rated a three-star recruit by Scout.com and also had offers from Arizona, Colorado, UCLA and Washington State, among others. Rivals.com also has him with a three-star rating.
Juanita coach Shaun Tarantola also coached current UW OT Senio Kelemete at Evergreen High and said of Dean that “he’s the total package as an offensive tackle. He can play a number of positions, but he can drive block and pass protect and reach and zone you and now he can finish a block. He’s not content unless he gets the guy on the ground, at least that’s what he’s shown the last few weeks in practice. He’s a player that has a huge upside.”
ESPN.com says of Dean:
“Dean is a mobile tackle showing dominant run blocking ability both on and off the line of scrimmage. Has the size and athleticism for the offensive tackle position at the major level of competition; his frame appears capable of adding body mass over time. This guy is a tough customer who is effective as a downfield blocker; is an aggressive, nasty finisher. Does a good job reaching front side and establishing an advantage setting the edge; his athleticism should allow him to consistently get a hat on active 1st and 2nd level defenders; demonstrates good pull/trap potential. With added bulk this prospect should have all the tools necessary to make the required run blocks at the next level. His arm length and nibble feet should be assets in pass protection. Because his offense is run oriented we feel all areas of footwork and hand use will need attention. Dean does not appear ready to be an immediate impact starter at the BCS level of play. However the athleticism and playing strength we see highly suggests that it won’t be long before he is seeing meaningful playing time.”
Here is some video of Dean:
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OG Jake Eldrenkamp, 6-5, 295, Bellevue: One of the newest commits to UW’s class, he joined the fold last week after also seriously considering WSU. He hopes to join the line of other Bellevue OLs to have success at the college level in recent years, such as David DeCastro (Stanford) and Stephen Schilling (Michigan).
ESPN.com says of Eldrenkamp:
“Eldrenkamp flashes the explosion and playing strength necesary to dominate as a run blocker at his present level of competition. Has the size and athleticism for the offensive tackle position at the major level of competition. Has a long frame which should be able to handle additional body mass over time. We see the athleticism necessary to reach and gain leverage on offset down linemen; is capable of consistently getting a hat on active 1st and 2nd level defenders and with added bulk and improved playing strength should be able to make all the required run blocks at the next level. His long arms and nimble feet will be assets in pass protection; plays in a run oriented offense therefore his footwork and hand use will need attention. However his balance and agility should serve him well. This guy is a tough customer who displays the nasty finishing attitude we look for when evaluating offensive linemen. Although we like Eldrenkamp’s size and athleticism we see the need for some time and perhaps a red shirt year to grow physically, improve his playing strength and polish his technical skills. Once this is accomplished he should have a long and productive career at the BCS level of play.”
Here is some video of Eldrenkamp:
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