Faced with a new coaching staff and learning a new offensive system, 4-star offensive tackle Christian Pellage of Brooksville (Fla.) Nature Coast Tech has been able to respond well and believes his team is in for a good season.
"Spring went great and as a team we did a lot better than I thought we would," Pellage stated Saturday. "Everyone learned the new system with the new coaches well. With the new coaches, they are using me a lot more in pulling, being left and right tackle, and doing some defense."
The defensive side of the ball isn't where he will play in college, but he isn't totally unaware of what he is doing over there.
"It's different, he said. "My freshman year I was a defensive end so I still know what I am doing. I will play anything as long as I am out on the field.
He has worked hard on his technique on offense and says that he has improved a good deal in some areas.
"My strength and footwork improved a lot," he said. "Down-blocking is becoming my favorite. I love pulling (as a tackle) also."
College coaches are very aware of Pellage and he understands why.
They like my size, ability to bend, move, my frame, and the way I finish blocks (aggressively)," he said.
At 6-foot-7 and 271 pounds, Pellage is a big target of the Florida Gators. The Gators lack numbers along the line and getting a pledge from a superior lineman like him would go a long way in helping that unit. He has interest in Florida as well and will be stopping by this summer to get to know the Gators and offensive line coach Mike Summers even more.
"I am going to a camp to work with Coach Summers to get a good fee of the coaching," he said before stating that the he does keep in contact with the Gator assistant. "We just catch up on some things and ask how things are going."Nowhere near a decision, Pellage will spend the time this summer to get to know some schools some more and then make a favorite's list "probably towards the end of summer'.
He does know what he is looking for in a program.
"I'm looking for a good education, good relationship with the coaches, and possible playing time as a freshman, even though I know that is earned based on performance," Pellage said.
Stay tuned as we keep in touch with this premier offensive tackle here on Scout.