An Anonymous D1 Coach Analyzes a High School Offensive Line Prospect

How does a D1 coach determine if a high school offensive lineman is worthy of an offer? Coach X breaks it down using prospect Jaeden Roberts.

Because NCAA rules prevent college coaches from speaking publicly about recruits, it's often difficult to get an inside-look at how coaches actually scout high school players. At a glance, every highlight reel looks good. But what exactly matters to college scouts? What type of traits do they look for when trying to predict success at the next level? Coach X is an active coach at the FBS level. Over the years, he has evaluated thousands of players. In this series, Coach X gives you a behind-the-scenes look at how he breaks down high school prospects.

Prospect Name: Jaeden Roberts

Height/Weight: 6-6, 330 pounds

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Because NCAA rules prevent college coaches from speaking publicly about recruits, it's often difficult to get an inside-look at how coaches actually scout high school players. At a glance, every highlight reel looks good. But what exactly matters to college scouts? What type of traits do they look for when trying to predict success at the next level? Coach X is an active coach at the FBS level. Over the years, he has evaluated thousands of players. In this series, Coach X gives you a behind-the-scenes look at how he breaks down high school prospects.

Prospect Name: Jaeden Roberts

Height/Weight: 6-6, 330 pounds

Position: Guard

School/Class: St. Thomas Aquinas (Overland Park, Kansas), Class of 2021

Current Offers: Nebraska, Minnesota, Kansas State, Iowa and Missouri

Link to Highlight Film

Coach X's Breakdown

  • Solid initial punch
  • Plays with great power
  • Athletic! See the play at :14 in his film. An opposing defensive back is returning a fumble, and Jaeden sprints all the way across the field to run him down. This play showcases both athleticism and excellent hustle
  • Aggressive on his pulls
  • Does a good job of finishing off his blocks
  • Understands leverage
  • Keeps feet moving after contact
  • Has no trouble blocking second-level defenders
  • The one concern moving forward would be flexibility and his weight. With him at 330 pounds as a sophomore, you're looking at a kid who could be 360+ as a senior. Those really heavy guys tend to struggle with movement and mobility

Player Comparison: Chance Warmack, OG, Philadelphia Eagles. "I see a lot of Chance Warmack in Jaeden. He's bigger than Warmack, but their style of play and strengths are similar."

Who would you like to see Coach X evaluate next? Submit the prospect's name and film to CoachPotts@topspeedtraining.com. Prospect must have a current FCS/FBS offer to be considered

Photo Credit: Ryan Wallace, 247Sports

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