There are some dudes that can walk into a room and don’t even have to say a word to announce themselves as a football player. I imagine that’s what it must be like for E.J. Price wherever he goes. He looks like an offensive lineman is supposed to look like.
He also has all of the tools to play just like coaches want an offensive lineman to play. That’s what makes him one of the top offensive tackles prospects in the country and why he’s heading to The Opening finals after earning an invite to the big event with a great performance at The Opening regional in Atlanta.
Price already looks like a upperclassman in terms of his size. It’s going to be scary once he fills out a bit more, but he has awesome length for the position and checks all the other boxes for what an offensive tackle should look like. He moves well for his size and has pretty good feet. I want to see him bend at the knees a bit more and be more flexible.
Anyone this size at the high school level should be a dominating run blocker and Price shows he can be. He needs to get a bit more explosive hip snap off the ball and get his pad level consistently lower, but he wants to finish blocks and put guys on the ground. Not only that, he’ll look for the next guy to block too. I love that attitude.
He shows he can get out to the second level and do more than just get in the way. He is athletic enough to pick up players that lot of other players his size would fail to latch on to.
Length is obviously a huge asset for him, but it’s only an asset if he can deliver a solid punch with great timing. He does that and has some violence with his hands. He can be light on his feet, but tends to shuffle a bit in his pass set. I don’t worry as much about that part of it as this stage for him. He’ll improve technique wise as he progresses in his career and the athletic tools are there for him to do so.
He could end up playing the left side, but I feel his best spot is as a right tackle in college.
Price may take a year or two to get right with some technique issues, but he has all of the physical tools to develop into a multi-year starter at the college level. Those tools combined with his attitude as a blocker could translate into him developing into a dominant player.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach).