Jacob Fieler is now Charlottesville, Virginia bound after committing to the Cavaliers on Wednesday.…
Commitment Impact: OG Jacob Fieler
Committed Over: Jacob Fieler committed to Virginia over offers from Old Dominion, Cincinnati and Southern Miss. Rated: Fieler is a post-graduate and not yet rated by Scout.com. However, he projects as a two-star offensive guard. On Film: There are things Fieler does that gives hope he can develop into a very good starting offensive lineman in the ACC, and it starts with the first play of his tape (below). His explosion at the snap is ok, and he remains low, engages and then turns the defensive player and creates a very nice running lane. Consistency, though, is the key, and the 6-foot-6, 290-pound Fieler needs to show more of it. There are times he doesn't fire off the ball well and doesn't demonstrate a forceful initial punch. He needs to work on his athleticism and being able to find defenders on the second level, and his feet need to improve so he can be effective pulling as a guard. In pass protection, Fieler has a tendency to sit back on his feet, and that will create balance issues when defensive linemen use different moves to get past him. The biggest thing, though, is Fieler needs to improve his footwork, and that includes taking the correct steps when coming out of his stance and making sure his feet are under him when he delivers a block. Recruiting Impact: The Cavaliers needed to add another offensive lineman, and the pool of candidates is not huge this team of year. The goal was to grab someone on the interior of the line of scrimmage, and that is where Fieler fits in. Virginia was also looking at Fork Union guard Darius Garcia, but opted to move on Fieler, who has a better reach and a higher upside. Virginia already has a pair of offensive line commits in four-star Steven Moss of Fredericksburg (Va.) Chancellor and Will Richardson of Burlington (N.C.) Hugh M. Cummings. It hurt Virginia when offensive tackle Marcus Applefield committed to Rutgers, and although Mt. Lebanon (Pa.) High four-star offensive tackle Alex Bookser is still listing Virginia as a possible school, the Cavaliers are not a serious player at this point. Quotable: "UVa is great. I wanted to get an offer like that from an ACC or a Big 10 type of school. That's why I went to prep school, to get an offer like that." Final Thought: When in doubt when going after offensive lineman later in a class, size is always a good thing. Fieler is long, and if he can increase his strength and his foot speed it could turn into on a nice late pickup for the Cavs. Fielder wasn't a big prospect coming out of high school, but the post-graduate stint at Fork Union allowed him to compete against better players and grow in his ability to run block. This isn't a move that will pay off immediately, but taking a 6-6, 290-pound kid with some agility and he could turn into a steal for the Cavs. It's always about development, especially for the offensive linemen, but the physical skills exist for him to one day be a starter on the offensive line.
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