The state of Washington never gets enough credit for the talent they produce every year in recruiting and Bellevue tends to be a big part of that talent on a regular basis. It’s consistently one of the top high school football programs in the nation and has the FBS recruits every year to further prove it.
Isaac Garcia is one of the top players from the state and from Bellevue in this cycle and has already committed to USC. They project him on defense and he shows the signs of being a very good run defender at the next level.
Garcia looks almost slight right now with how his body is composed relative to his frame and will likely be able to add quite a bit of weight at the next level. He has great length for his position. He’s a good, but not explosive, athlete that runs well, but doesn’t show dynamic movement skills.
It’s always surprising to me how so few of the top defensive linemen recruits use their hands well, but that is not the case with Garcia. He delivers a solid punch and creates separation from his blocker every time. He’s advanced as far as disengaging from blocks and it makes him a really good defender at the point of attack. He holds up well and does a nice job of shutting down plays run to his side.
He plays with good effort in pursuit and brings violence when he tackles as well. He shows the ability to be a good chase player from the backside.
The biggest issue with Garcia is how late he reacts off the ball. He is consistently the last person off the ball out of all of the defensive lineman on his team. He isn’t the most naturally explosive guy either so it looks even worse when you think about it in those terms. He needs to get a lot better in this area in order to succeed at the next level.
It really affects his ability to pass rush as does his tendency to always attack the full man. Yes, he uses his hands to disengage and shows a nice push-pull move. He also does a good job of knocking down the football at the line. He can never be a good pass rusher if he doesn’t get off the ball quicker and attack an edge. It’s imperative that he changes that.
Some of him attacking the full man may have to do with scheme and him trying to keep offensive lineman off of linebackers so they can flow freely to the football. I don’t know that is the case though and either way, he is not going to be playing that same kind of role in college.
It was interesting to read that USC liked him as a outside linebacker because I don’t see that. I think he is best suited to play with his hand in the ground at defensive end in their scheme.
I’ve seen players who were slow at reacting to the football become a lot better so I don’t think Garcia won’t be able to overcome that with some improvement. I do think he has the talent to develop into a very good run defender as his career progresses, but I don’t see him ever becoming a dynamic pass rusher. Even without that, he should be a solid player on the USC defense for multiple seasons.
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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).