To a lot of college football fans, Jean Delance is the recruit who de-committed from Oklahoma after the horrible racist incident involving a fraternity. In a couple of years they very well could all know him as one of the top offensive tackles in the nation.
He is a terrific athlete and is someone who is likely going to become an elite player at a school like Ohio State, Michigan, Alabama, Texas, or Texas A&M.
Moves like a superior athlete at his position. He has great feet and is a knee-bender. A little light in the pants right now and will need to gain weight and strength at the next level, but has the frame to easily get to over 300 pounds. Physically he has all the tools anyone would be looking for in a tackle.
Not super technically sound in terms of hand placement and body position in the run game, but plays with good effort and has finisher’s mentality. Wants to drive people into the ground. Will at times stop his feet on initial contact, but will regroup to fight to win his block.
He will catch at times at the second level, but moves incredibly well to get to his block and is balanced. Once he gets his technique straight and is more consistent with his pad level, he is going to make a significant impact with getting to linebackers and locking on to linebackers.
Moves incredibly well in his pass set and can handle speed rushers fairly easily. Again, not the most technically sound guy with his hands and needs to develop a stronger punch, but his feet are what stands out. It’s little things he needs to work on like not getting as wide with his base. He mirrors as well as any left tackle prospect I’ve seen this cycle.
I think he is pure left tackle prospect.
He’s not technician yet, but you can’t teach what he has with his athleticism and great feet. Throw in that he wants to finish in the run game and it would be very surprising if he doesn’t develop into an outstanding player at the college level. It might take some time to get him ready, but I think he has the potential to be an All-American some day at the college level and be an elite player in pass protection.
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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)