Ball State Class of '09: Kitt O'Brien

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 17th of those 22 installments.

Kitt O'Brien, 6-6 300 OG, Walton, IN (Lewis Cass)

What he brings: Kitt is a massive Guard that moves very well for his size and has all the makings of becoming a very solid lineman in the future. Kitt absolutely manhandled lesser competition in Indiana's Class 2A (second smallest) division. He was usually the biggest dude on the field, but his mix of size, athleticism and mean streak – meant foes were in for a long night on Friday nights. Kitt is very agile for a big man and showed great skill as a pulling guard with the ability to seek out and control people on the second level. He projects very well as a run blocker.

Areas of improvement: Kitt's level of competition certainly scared away some suitors, but you cannot deny this young man's talent. With that said, he will have to adjust greatly to the difference in size and speed at the major college level. Kitt will have to continue to grow in the technique area as well as he will not be able to just maul every person he lines up against from now on. Also, pass blocking skills will have to be addressed as Kitt did not have to do too much of this at the high school level.

BallStateInsider.com grade: Kitt has all the tools, great size, good athleticism and the ability to learn – which will help Kitt become a very productive player sooner rather than later for the Cardinals. I feel that he will be able to push the starters this season and then compete for playing time next year with an eye towards great things further down the road. Kitt might have been somewhat underrecruited, but believe me when I say he will be a force for Ball State on the offensive line.


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