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BadgerSport ELC Offensive "FAB 5"
PISCATAWAY, NJ: This past weekend, the top lineman from around the country converged on the campus of Rutgers University for the BadgerSport Elite Linemen Challenge. And even the blistering cold blizzard that hit the northeast, that weekend, could not keep these prospects from tearing up the bubble in hopes of heating up their recruitment. Scout.com breaks down the top offensive performers at the camp. Anthony Zettel - A few words that come to mind when you say the name Anthony Zettel are athletic, freak, and relentless. Zettel's combination of size and athletic ability makes it almost impossible to project him at only one position. The position Zettel ends up playing will ultimately be determined by the system of the school he chooses to play for. He can play, OG, DT, DE, and even some stand up hybrid DE in some schemes. He plays with a high motor, explosive in his get off, uses his hands well, and is extremely powerful. He was easily the top OL during one on ones and was unstoppable when he switched to the defensive side of the ball. Zettel won the camp MVP. Cyrus Hobbi - Hobbi is as mean as a rattlesnake and when the competition was at its peak, that mean rattlesnake reared his head up and struck. Killing everything or everyone that stepped up. Hobbi, took rep after rep and flat out dominated. He was patient, moved his feet well, and was sound in the technical part of the game. Trip Thurman - Thurman is an athletically built offensive tackle that carries his weight extremely well. He plays with tremendous technique and understands the leverage game. In his pass set, which was visible during one on ones, Thurman set back with a great base, solid knee bend, and good posture. He also moved his feet well. Once the play was in motion, Thurman packed a powerful punch and with his wingspan, he consistently kept defenders at bay. In drills, Thurman showed off his Football IQ as he was rarely told to do things more than once. Derek Farniok - Farniok was easily the biggest prospect at the camp. Pushing 6'9 and weighing 319 pounds, Farniok is massive. And for a guy his size, Farniok had fairly good knee bend. At times, he tended to over extend but it wasn't because of his body control, he was just trying to adjust to the speed of the defensive ends. Because the level of competition Farniok plays against in South Dakota isn't the greatest, Farniok is going to need a year or two to adjust to the speed of the college game. Marcus Jackson - Jackson doesn't "WOW" you with his appearance but plays much better than his looks would suggest. Awkwardly built, Jackson is going to have to reshape his body before he gets to college. Luckily for Jackson, of all the possible things that can be changed in an offensive lineman, reshaping the body is the easiest and it happens to be the only glaring thing Jackson needs work on. He has great footwork, plays with a nasty deposition, and is technically sound. The Miami commit showed why the Hurricanes offered so early during one on ones where he won a majority of his reps. ON THE CUSP Garrett Clark - Aggressive, athletic, and strong. Bernie Sarra - Smart, finishes blocks, works hard, and a technician. Lack the ideal height for a major college lineman. Mike Romano - Very good footwork, powerful body structure, and relentless. Tends to over extend. Rotchill Mendor - Massive, powerful, and athletic. Won the strongman prelim heats.
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