Post by sunshinepreps on Jun 22, 2005 7:49:01 GMT -6
I have my theories on this but I would love to hear from you guys what your opinions are on why colleges put such a premium on height when it comes to OL. Also tell me if there is such an emphasis on this at the HS levels and how it relates to what type of offense you run.
i don't care about height as much as i care about long arms for ot's mainly for pass blocking purposes
other than that, height is not an issue at all for me
colleges probably are concerned with it because of the boosters, if a giant kid flops, well, he was a giant and just didn't pan out, if a shorter kid flops, then "that dang coach is recruiting midgets, he needs to be fired"
Post by sunshinepreps on Jun 22, 2005 8:09:16 GMT -6
I tend to agree about the pass protection purpose. Would the height of a OT also relate to how much ground he can cover in the first step on a pass set to pick up a speed rushing DE?
For interior lineman on both sides of the ball it seems like the emphasis would be on weight instead of height. In particular lower body weight. I believe that the closer you get to the middle of the field (C/G, DT, MLB, SS) the weight/strenght of the lower body becomes key due to the angle of attack.
We tend to lean towards the heavier, stronger kids for our c/g postions. For the last two seasons, we have had two guards who are around 5'9" tall. Both can squat a ton and are quick as hell! One is around 250, and the other is about 265. A little fat, mostly stocky. I have never seen better set of trapers and who can get to the second level so fast. Our tackles are generally more athletic. Not as heavy and more agile. We feel this is better for those long counter pulls as in trey, and for getting to the second level. This will lend itself to pass blocking and getting down on inside DL to stop penetration.
As far as what college coaches look for, I have my own theories, which probably mean nothing. But, I believe that they are after taller linemen because they are more likely to be more agile and quick to cover more ground with more weight in their butts. Shorter, dumpier linemen aren't as likely to move as well, and if they put on weight, where will it go? The taller kids have room to grow. Shorter kids can't carry much weight without sacrificing mobility. I'm sure they are out there, but you're more likely to seen them on DIII campuses.