Profile: Christian Pellage
Location: Brooksville (Fla.) Nature Coast
No. 32 OT in nation
Even better is his athletic ability. He has good feet and agility. Pellage can bend and move. He comes off the ball well and shows he can be powerful at the point of attack in the run game. In pass pro, Pellage shows he can mirror defensive ends and keep them at bay. He can slide and move well laterally.
Overall, this is a kid that plays hard and with a good motor. He plays through the whistle and loves to finish defenders off.
What may be of concern: Pellage played at 245ish last season. He’s now up to 292-pounds. That’s a lot of weight to add in less than a year. It will be interesting to see how he plays at that size. Certainly he has the frame to hold much more than that but can he transition that quickly and still play at a high level? Either way, he would be best suited for a red-shirt year to continue his development both physically and mentally. Pellage is also close to 6-foot-7. Being that tall can sometimes pose problems because it’s tough to stay and play low. For his height he does a pretty good job but it can get better. In terms of pass pro, Pellage just needs to keep working on technique and the use of his hands. That will come with reps and experience.
Overall analysis: I don’t see Pellage as an offensive tackle ready to play as a true freshman. Rather, I see him as more of a guy you red-shirt and see what happens. When he’s ready I have a feeling Pellage can really develop into a good one. He has terrific size and length and one day will emerge as a beast at 320-pounds plus. He just needs to catch up to his body, gain strength and really fill out his frame. The athletic ability is there. So too is the attitude and effort. He just needs time and fine tuning of the fundamentals of the position.
My take is that he will develop into a good SEC tackle in Columbia under coach Steve Spurrier.