There is a misconception amongst people that haven’t watched a lot of Baylor games that think they are a finesse team because they play the spread. That couldn’t be further from the truth. They have been physical upfront under Art Briles and should continue to be by recruiting players like Patrick Hudson.
The offensive tackle from Silsbee, Texas is a massive young man that is a surprisingly good athlete. Briles and the Baylor staff have to be ecstatic that they have a player with his kind of potential already committed for 2016.
Wow. The way this kid moves is remarkable for his size. I expected to see a giant mauler, but he’s almost nimble. He has scary size for his age, but isn’t close to maxing out. When he re-shapes his body in a college strength and conditioning program he’s going to be even more impressive.
As I mentioned, the big man can move. He looks like a fullback running when he pulls and has no issue when getting out to the second level to reach linebackers. His pad level is good the majority of the time, but he is a little bit of a waste bender and needs to work on his flexibility.
He can be dominating in the run game and even shows some explosiveness out of his stance. He has the ability to finish and pancake just about every player he goes against, but must improve his hand fit. He needs to sustain blocks longer and could play a bit meaner.
He has the athleticism and feet to develop into a very good pass blocker, but there is not a ton of video of him doing it. He is going to need to develop his technique, but has the raw tools to work with though. I don’t see it being a long term issue for him.
It looks to me like he is a good enough athlete to play left tackle at the college level, but I could see him playing the right side or even at guard.
Hudson’s potential is through the roof. He is well over 300 pounds and a talented athlete, but still has a lot of room to grow as a football player. It will be very interesting to watch him progress before he gets to Baylor where he should be a starter 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). In addition to here, he breaks down Virginia Tech recruits for 247Sports’ VTscoop.com, Notre Dame recruits for SB Nation’s One Foot Down, and is the recruiting editor for SB Nation’s Pac-12 blog, Pacific Takes. Jamie is also the former Sr. Editor, Digital Content and News for theScore.com.