Ball State Class of '08: Steven Yoder

BallStateInsider.com continues to highlight each player in the class of 2008 and doing a brief scouting report on each of the 23 players in the class (21 new players signed and 2 greyshirts). Today we have the twenty-first of those 23 installments.

Steven Yoder, 6-3 300 OL, Canal Fulton, OH (Massillon Washington)

What he brings: Excellent size and athleticism. Let me start by saying this – Steve Yoder played FB in high school. Not every down, but he was athletic enough to not only make blocks on short yardage situations, but also could carry the ball. Steve was a high school DL, so he has learning to do, but you cannot take away this kids major upside. He is already 300 pounds, so adding weight will not be an issue. He is also very strong and very athletic. He was a force on Washington's DL as a 290-plus pound DE last season, so he should be able to hold his own from an athletic standpoint as a projected OG.

Areas of improvement: Transition and learning the position. It is a totally different beast playing on the offensive line. Yoder must learn not only to block with technique, but also to learn a whole new set of schemes. There is a lot to learn, so a redshirt year is imperative.

BallStateInsider.com grade: I love Yoder's potential. He may be playing a whole new position and having quite a lot to learn, but the athleticism and size are there. He has the potential to be a force on the offensive line, but he has a lot of work to do to get there.


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