Name: Junior Nieves
School: Peoria (Az.) Centennial
Size: 6-3 290
Centennial has produced a number of very sound offensive linemen in recent years including Zack Schlink (Arizona State), Jordan Lowe (Arizona) and Mikal Brewer (Stanford). This year the Coyotes have three OLs that will be D1 kids including Nieves. Teammates Nick Rowland and Dylan Lusk have gotten a ton of publicity after performing well at various camps and combine. Nieves was hurt during Spring ball and was unable to attend many of those, so right now he is flying under the radar so to say.
I feel that he is an OL that can play multiple positions, has good size and adequate speed. Watch his tape, the big fella can run. He is athletic enough to pull and reach block and will finish his blocks. His size enables him to just engulf opponents. He uses his hands well and delivers a strong punch.
Right now the biggest knock on Nieves is that he has been injury prone. Watching his tape, he tends to plays high and often times you will see him slow his feet on contact and twist DLs to the ground. That will not work against much bigger college DLs but is something that is fixable.
Nieves does not currently have an offer and it would be hard to believe that he will not have some before it is all said and done. Offensive linemen are one of the most highly recruited positions for the simple fact that it is hard to find big athletic kids. Nieves is exactly that. I think he can play right tackle but may be more suited to play guard at the next level. He just needs to prove he can stay healthy.
Judge for yourself, watch junior here. RT #76: