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Good Lord almighty I just looked at Tucker's SOPHOMORE film and I am blown away.
This is EXTREMELY impressive stuff. The first thing you notice is that Tucker has outstanding drive off the ball when run blocking. Once he engages he shows good technique and arm extension. Tucker demonstrates way above average ability to hook block, which is critical in a tackle, and has a nasty streak that leads to a propensity to finish blocks in humiliating fashion. One thing I look for in an offensive lineman is a desire to finish blocks with authority even when the play is over and Tucker has no problem putting a man on the ground if he can. He also does a nice job getting to the second level on run blocks and has the feet to get to a linebacker cleanly and finish the block. That being said, he lacks ideal speed in open space and can lumber a bit outside of the box, but he does do a very nice job of finding a target and finishing the block once he gets there. Since this is sophomore tape there is plenty of time to work on burst and speed for screens/pulls/traps through improved technique, conditioning, and physical maturity. Once Tucker gets his hands on a DT and engages a second drive it's all over. He does an above average job adjusting his angles in the box, but it would be nice to see a little more consistent initial explosion on that first pop. However, even without that initial burst Tucker consistently stops and drives his man, which is what you're looking for. Tucker needs to improve his technique/footwork when dropping back into pass protection - but so does every single highschool tackle to ever play the game. Despite this, he is an absolute wall in pass protection. Put simply, Tucker is just physically at another level than his competition.
If you want to know why this kid got offered as a rising junior take a look at the tape. My favorite clips are at the 0.19, 0.58, 1:23 and then I stopped counting. Take a look - I won't spoil it for you. Tucker's film is so good he actually looks like a Top 10 OT in the 2013 class. In fact, I'm going to go out on a limb here and say this that this is the best Sophomore Offensive Tackle film that I've ever seen - with the caveat that I'm not sure about his level of competition.
Would love to have Rich weigh in.
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Well the first thing I'll weigh in with is: outstanding breakdown, phear. Great stuff! I'll take a look at the film when I get a moment.
He sounds very Max Tuerk-ish with his ability to finish blocks and play with a nasty streak?
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Definitely a Tuerk clone has that nastiness about him and never seems to shy away from contact.
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If Tuerk was a sophomore in his senior film then yes.
Again - I don't know AZ HS football well enough to judge his competition in this film. But I don't think it's gonna get any easier for the opposing team as this kid continues to mature.
Thank you for your analysis, phear.
Thanks phear! Great analysis and makes me even more excited about this kid!
Chandler High is one of the best, if not the best football school in Arizona since the 2000s. They play the best in Arizona and sometimes travel to Texas for teams too.
Every other year they churn out a big time D1 Prospect, this includes: Brett Hundley UCLA, Dion Jordan Oregon, Cameron Jordan Cal. Every year they're sending kids to D1 Schools, Casey Tucker happens to be our first recruit from Chandler High though.
Beat me to it. The competition is as good as it gets, at least in Arizona.
Then this kid is a future 1st rounder.
Hamilton is the same school that recently produced Christian Westerman and Tyler Johnston. Well known for pumping out college offensive lineman.
Love to hear your take Rich.
Thanks Phear. Up vote.
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Outside of California, both Arizona and the Las Vegas markets are playing some high caliber football and putting some great talent on D1 rosters.
Any thoughts Rich?
Great breakdown of his film well done
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