Ball State Class of '09: Evan Neff

BallStateInsider.com will continue the tradition of highlighting each player that signs a letter of intent for a given class. This time around it is the class of 2009. Here is a brief scouting report on each of the 22 players in the class. Today we have the 16th of those 22 installments.

Evan Neff, 6-4 255, OL, Kettering, OH (Archbishop Alter)

What he brings: Evan has great natural footwork and technique, He is something that is very hard to find in a high school player, he is a natural C. Evan shows the skills to be able to make the snap and still have the quickness to get his hands on the man across from him no matter how quick his opponent is. The best qualities that Evan brings though, are his intelligence on and off the field and the fact that he comes from a winning program.

Areas of improvement: Obviously Evan needs to pack on the pounds. Right now, the best bet is that Evan will redshirt as a freshman and then compete for playing time from there. Evan needs to get into the 280's, but he certainly has the frame to hold the weight and still remain quick. Also, manning the C position is a very difficult task, C's have to make a lot of reads and calls on blocking and that will be something that Evan will have to learn in a new offensive system.

BallStateInsider.com grade: Despite his areas he needs to work on, I can foresee Evan being a force in years to come at C. If he can learn all he needs to wrap his head around and pack on good weight, there is no reason that Evan cannot be a starting C or even OG for the Cardinals in a few years.


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