Scouting Darren Lake

Darren Lake, three-star defensive tackle from York-Sumter Central, Ala., committed to the University of Alabama during the summer. Andrew Bone watched the Tide commitment in action for the first time this past Friday night.

What to like: Lake is a 6-foot-3, 325-pound monster on the field who can move. He is athletic for his size and physical. He has a great build and definitely already looks like an SEC player. He is a powerful player who causes offenses to run away from the middle. He is space eater, but he can also rush the passer when moved to defensive end. He is a sleeper recruit who emerged during the summer. Lake has a lot of potential and a chance to become a great player in the future at Alabama.

Areas to improve: Lake's size is the first thing you notice. He definitely looks the part, but doesn't take on a game like one would think. He should man-handle just about every player he faces, but struggled a little bit on Friday night. He needs to improve his explosion off the ball and needs to work on fighting off blocks. He can run, but needs to improve his lateral quickness.

Overall thoughts: Lake will need time to develop. The potential is definitely there with a very high ceiling. He is a raw prospect who needs time to learn under Alabama defensive line coach Chris Rumph. He can become a great player in the middle once he hits the Alabama weight training program, learns the proper way to come off the ball and use of hands.

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