Offensive lineman don’t have the reputation of being the best athletes on the field, but Michal Menet is an exception to that. The Exeter Township offensive lineman moves well enough to project on the defensive line even if his future is on offense.
He’s got the right amount of nasty to go with solid technique and it’s why he is one of my favorite offensive lineman I have watched so far in this recruiting class.
Menet is a tremendous athlete for an offensive lineman. He moves really well for his size and has great feet. He doesn’t appear to have ideal length for the tackle position and has the frame to add more weight. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him way over 290 and carry it well during his college career.
This kid gets after it. He plays with good pad level and delivers a solid pop on contact. His hand fit is always good and he finishes blocks. He has some nasty to his game and wants to drive players out of the play and put them on the ground.
His movement when he pulls or performs a fold back looks natural. He does a great job of getting out to the second level and then properly fitting his block. He’s very quick when stepping to reach on the edge.
He delivers a solid punch in pass protection and does a great job of bending at knee and staying balanced in his kick slide. He pitter pattered with his feet a few times when he was short setting at guard, but I don’t think it’s too much of habit based on some other plays I saw him not do it. He has the feet to handle speed on the outside.
Menet has the mentality and athleticism to play anywhere along the offensive line in just about any scheme.
I think Menet has the chance to be an outstanding offensive lineman at the next level once he adds weight and strength in a college strength and conditioning program. He already has a lot of good habits that an offensive line coach can build on. If he plays guard, I think he can become an All-American caliber player, but also could end up being a very good tackle as well.
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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).