Scouting Report: Jason Speredon (How Good Is He?)

He's rated the fourth best offensive lineman in the West by PacWestFootball. But he only had four offers... what gives? Here's our analysis of Jason Speredon, the latest Utah bluechipper to commit to the Cougs.

I work with Greg Biggins, the leader of the site and for my money the best talent evaluator of anyone covering the West. Greg's job is to study tape and determine the top players in the states West of the Rocky Mountains.

I asked him to give me a rundown of Jason Speredon, who Student Sports had as a "Junior All-American" after a stellar underclass season in 2001.

Here's what Greg had to say after seeing the 6-5, 275 pound Speredon in person at the Colorado Nike Camp this past spring:

"He's one of the best offensive line prospects we saw anywhere on the Nike Camp tour this past Spring," Biggins said today (Friday). "Jason's an elite level prospect and one of the best lineman on the West Coast."

Speredon had a big junior season not allowing a sack all year and was tough defensively as well recoring close to 70 tackles with 13 quarterback sacks. As a senior his numbers were nearly identical: he had 75 tackles and 12 sacks.

Said Biggins: "At the Nike Camp in Boulder, Speredon was dominant in the position and one on one drills showing excellent feet, strength and athleticism. He plays with a real passion for the game and loves the physical side of the sport."

The senior blocker agreed with the evaluation.

"I'm a very physical player," he said. "I think one of my strengths is my will to win and beat my man on every play."

Speredon not only showed character and heart at the Nike Camp, he demonstrated great athletic tools when he ran a 5.21 in the 40, 4.87 in the shuttle and did 25 reps on the bench.

It's been a great week for BYU instate, getting Dan Van Sweden from Northridge to commit to a gray shirt situation and picking up verbals from Brian Soi and Dallas Reynolds from Provo Timpview.

Speredon called BYU tight ends coach Mike Empey last night and asked to speak with Gary Crowton, the head coach, so he could tell him the great news on his own. The head coach called back later and Speredon happily told the second year coach he was taking the Cougars' offer over ones from Utah, Oregon and Arizona.

It was evident within the last month that the talented blocker was leaning strongly to BYU. However, he won't play at Edwards stadium for a while as he'll likely go on a mission right out of high school.

"I just feel BYU is where I want to be," Speredon said last night.

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