Blaney Breaks Down Texas Tech Commit Clark

Texas Tech has a commitment from 6-foot-5, 250-pound offensive lineman Le'Raven Clark from Rockdale (Texas) High, and Saturday he was took part in the first practice of the ESPN Under Armour all-America game. Brandon Blaney, a former assistant and recruiting coordinator at Kansas, Ohio State and Oklahoma, gave Scout.com a detailed scouting report on what the Red Raiders are getting.

This season Scout.com is excited to have former Kansas recruiting coordinator Brandon Blaney at the ESPN Under Armour All-America game to offer his insight and observations.

Blaney also served as the tight ends coach under Mark Mangino and was instrumental in evaluation and bringing in the talent that led the Jayhawks to the 2008 season. He also worked at Ohio State under coach Jim Tressel and Oklahoma under coach Bob Stoops.

Blaney used his eyes to evaluate Texas Tech commit Le'Raven Clark, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound offensive lineman from Rockdale (Texas) High during Saturday's practice at the UA game.

Here is what he had to say:

"Clark has a complete tool kit right now in terms of physical ability and physical potential on the offensive line. The exciting part is going to be watching him learn to use those tools in the next couple of years at Texas Tech.

"I love his range, love his height, love his base, love his movement. He needs to continue to get stronger. He's playing left tackle in a right-handed stance. Once that gets cleaned up and he has comfort in playing left tackle with a left-handed stance, I think you're going to see a lot of growth with him.

"He does a great job of climbing up to the second level. I've seen limited plays with us thus far on the front side blocking somebody on the line of scrimmage."

Blaney explained why using a left-handed stance is imperative for a left tackle:

The biggest thing is on pass protection, and really on the footwork on your blocking, when your inside hand is down on the ground and your stagger, meaning that inside foot, is back as opposed to up, it throws your shoulders off, and it forces you to open your shoulders a little more on the blocks ,and the biggest thing is on pass protection, it completely opens up the inside move on the pass rush.

That is why you always see tackles in a stance where their outside foot is back and staggered.

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