Profile: Jake Fruhmorgen
Position: Offensive Tackle
Location: Tampa (Fla.) Plant
Recruiting: Fruhmorgen committed to Clemson over Florida and Michigan. He had scholarship offers from teams all over the country.
What to like: There is so much to like about Fruhmorgen, who is one of the most coveted offensive tackle prospects in the country. He has terrific size and even better length. Fruhmorgen gets off the ball extremely well, displays good feet and wonderful balance. I like the way he can move laterally in pass protection, as he shows the ability to stay in front of defenders and mirror them.
As a run blocker, Fruhmorgen is tough and hardnosed. He's a high motor go that plays through the whistle and certainly tries to finish defenders off. When he does play with leverage Fruhmorgen is hard to beat because of his combination of size, length and athleticism. When he's on he keeps those legs driving.
What may be of concern: Fruhmorgen hasn't scratched the surface of just how good he can become. He needs to become more refined and work on his technique. And like most kids at this stage he needs to gain strength, particularly throughout his upper body. That's to be expected.
Because of his size, Fruhmorgen does have a tendency to play high. That gets him in trouble, especially with smaller, quicker players at this level.
Overall analysis: Fruhmorgen is a great looking junior tackle that is huge and has a terrific frame. He's a long tackle with quickness and above average athleticism. He gets out of his stance so well and can bend and really move. He can block in space and shows the footwork necessary to either drive defenders in the run game or stay in front of them in pass pro.
Fruhmorgen is still young and growing. He needs to bulk up and get stronger, which will happen as he continues to put in the work off the field and in the weight room. In a few years that this kid will be in the 320-pound range and play with better hands and technique.
What a get for the Tigers, as they have now picked up Fruhmorgen (No. 10 ranked offensive tackle) as well as the No. 1 recruit at this position in the country in five-star Mitch Hyatt (Suwannee, Ga./North Gwinnett). Heck, it's not even mid-April yet and Clemson has reeled in these two outstanding bookend tackles. You couldn't ask for a better start to the 2015 recruiting class if you are coach Dabo Swinney. Barring injury, the Tigers future is set over the next three or four seasons with this pair of outstanding offensive line prospects.
Commitment Analysis: Jake Fruhmorgen
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