Analysis: Cabral eval and ASU OL overview

Cohl Cabral became Arizona State's second offensive line commit in the 2016 class, a big development because it's a position of need for the Sun Devils. Here's a Cabral evaluation and ASU position overview.

Offensive Line

Ideal scholarship roster number: 15

Potential returning number: 11 (Stephon McCray, Evan Goodman, Devin Goodman, Jack Powers, Quinn Bailey, Sam Jones, Steve Miller, Cade Cote, Zach Robertson, Dillon Faamatau, Mason Walter

Likely returning number: 11

Commitments: 2 (Marshal Nathe, Cohl Cabral)

Remaining ideal number: 3

The Skinny: Even after signing five offensive line commits in the 2015 class, the position group remains one of need for Arizona State in the year ahead. Odds are good the Sun Devils will attempt to sign at least four players in 2016 as they try to work back to their ideal goal of a minimum of 15 scholarship players in the group in any given season.

If ASU can land a good haul in 2016, it'll go a long way to securing the health of the group for the foreseeable future, particularly if the last cycle proves as fruitful as it appears to have been on paper. It's possible ASU may have as many as eight or nine youngsters at the group over a two-class period, depending on whether it goes the junior college route for one or more of its 2016 additions.

Odds are pretty good the Sun Devils will try to sign at least one junior college tackle in 2016 and they're now well positioned in the class to more easily reach their target, with two high school commits in the fold, Peoria (Ariz.) Centennial High guard/center Marshal Nathe and now Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos tackle Cohl Cabral. If they indeed take one junior college tackle they really only need two additional high school commits in the class as long as they keep Nathe and Cabral in the fold.

It's possible ASU takes five total offensive linemen in the class if its coaches are feeling good about the players they can nab, even though it will put them one above their ideal roster number assuming everyone with remaining eligibility returns in 2016.

Cabral is an extremely versatile prospect because of how well he bends and moves at 6-foot-5. He long snaps and plays defensive end for Los Osos, and even though he projects as a tackle initially at ASU, Cabral has the ability to play inside at guard or even center due to how well he coils into a stance and can play with impressive pad level and leverage.

But it's on the outside where Cabral's foot quickness and agility really make an impression and a leading reason he had some high profile offers, reportedly including Michigan, Oregon and USC, and is the No. 5 ranked offensive tackle in the region. At 255 pounds, Cabral is going to have to be able to maintain his athleticism as he gets considerably bigger, but there's ample reason to believe he can do that.

Cabral is very efficient coming out of a stance, doesn't tend to false step releasing off the football and is extremely light on his feet. His lateral quickness and range are bordering on excellent for an offensive tackle prospect, which means he has terrific potential when pulling or kicking outside and running in space on range blocks, or reaching the second level.

Cabral also tends to run his feet and have relatively good form through engagement in space, and he gets on defenders well, though he's perhaps a bit high and doesn't have enough strength or size at this stage to be able to ward off against being jostled around or dislodged by similarly sized players.

A lot of the technical work ahead of Cabral will center around his pass protection footwork, and staying within his framework and under his feet as much as possible. He's not bad at this but it's just not an area he's had to really develop and tap into given how his high school plays and the limited amount he's tested.

As a run blocker, he's like a lot of young linemen in that he'll need to learn to work on using his base better for balance and accessing his core strength by making sure his feet are properly set up and he's coming through his hips as he initiates and sustains engagement. He has a really great upside given his level of foot quickness on seal blocks that can help backs access outside run lanes.

If he's able to be anywhere near as athletic as he is after adding 40-50 pounds -- and that will be the biggest challenge and question over the next couple years, but Cabral seems to have the frame to do it -- Cabral is a clearly above-average Pac-12 offensive line prospect.


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