Midlands 2014: Scout 300 OTs
Braden Smith
Braden Smith
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Aug 20, 2013


Taking a closer look at the six Midlands offensive tackles who earned the distinction of being named to the Scout300 on Monday...

No. 13 Braden Smith - OT - Olathe (Kan.) South
One of the most physically impressive specimens in the country. He is a beast in the weightroom and that strength shows on tape. He has quick feet and good athleticism which allows him to pull effectively. Even though he is very muscular he is not robotic with his movement. He plays low, with good pad level and shows good flexibility. He plays both ways in high school and could play OT, OG or DT in college. He is a no frills, hard-nosed player.

No. 96 Roderick Johnson - OT - Florissant (Mo.) Hazelwood Central
He is huge and has long arms meant for playing offensive tackle. He has good weight already, but looks light on his feet. Many OL coaches probably fall in love at first sight. On the tape, Johnson shows that he is pretty athletic and has the ability to move his feet, run, and get up the field. He does have long arms he is strong in his upper body and uses his hands effectively and can easily push defenders away. He plays with a mean streak.

No. 104 Jovan Pruitt - OT - Dallas (Texas) Bishop Dunne - Arkansas
Physically, he is exactly what you want to see. A strong, raw prospect on the offensive line. He is extremely athletic and has the frame and length to be a true tackle. Has quick feet that also allow him to stand out and make some plays on the defensive side of the ball. Has work to do fundamentally in a few areas of his game, but plays hard and to the whistle. Is good at sealing the edge, but will get better with improvements in his technique.

No. 173 Brian Wallace - OT - St. Louis (Mo.) Christian Brothers College
A big prospect who has a ton of potential and moves very well for his size. It is no surprise that he is heavily recruited by BCS programs. He is tall and long, but has good weight in the lower body and a strong, balanced base. Has very good upper and lower body playing strength. Has a very strong punch that stops defenders in their tracks. Strong enough to finish once he locks on. Seems to be a prototype right tackle with potential to be a left tackle.

No. 254 Zach Ledwik - OT - La Grange (Texas) HS - Texas A&M
This kid is about ceiling. He will need to get bigger and stronger, but is also bringing a lot to the table. First off he has great feet, which allow him to stay in front of defenders on the pass rush. He is also very quick off of the ball and can get on blocks and to the second level in the blink of an eye. He struggles at times with the outside speed rush and the straight on bull rush. Has the ability to project as a high level OT.

No. 262 Ty Barrett - OT - Dallas (Texas) Skyline - TCU
Barrett is a raw prospect with a high upside. He is very athletic and has a great frame -- natural length and long arms. He is very solid in pass protection and protects the edges as an OT for a very prolific high school offensive attack. He has necessary size at over 300 pounds, but has the potential to develop in to a real freakish specimen as he matures physically and once he arrives in a college strength and conditioning program.


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