Analyzing New TCU Offensive Line Pledge John Lanz

Scout and take a closer look at new TCU pledge John Lanz, a top-five offensive guard prospect in the Lone Star State.

The above video features junior-season clips of 2018 offensive guard John Lanz.

John Lanz, 2018 OG, Denton (Texas) Guyer

Size: 6-4, 280

Recruiting: Lanz committed Friday to TCU. He also owns offers from Arizona State, Baylor, Colorado, Purdue, Texas Tech, Colorado State, Houston, Memphis, SMU, Southern Miss, Tulsa, and UCF.

Rankings: Scout ranks Lanz as the No. 4 offensive guard in the state of Texas' 2018 class, as well as No. 28 nationally at the position.

Evaluation notes

John Lanz is a Power Five conference-caliber offensive lineman with experience at left tackle who projects best to a guard spot in college. Lanz thrives in the run game and is a consistent and willing block-finisher.

He keeps a wide base in pass protection and plays with active feet.  Lanz' ability to anchor and slide in the passing game helps him compensate for his lack of an overly long reach.

Lanz can improve his body control at the snap and when engaged with opposing defenders. Once he gets going, Lanz is plenty athletic for a guard prospect, but he needs to get quicker initially. He's tested very well in camp settings -- a respectable 5.27 40 and a great 42-foot powerball throw at The Opening Dallas in March 2017 -- so the potential to be a good athlete relative to his position is certainly there.

Lanz owns the potential to be position-versatile because of his playing experience and effectiveness, but it's most likely that he will be an interior prospect only in college because his frame is somewhat limited from a developmental aspect.

Nevertheless, if you're looking for a tone-setting run-blocker who also provides solid play as a pass-protector, Lanz is a great pickup. He's a consistent, physical presence on the offensive line and should be able to eventually compete for a starting guard spot. - Gabe Brooks

  • Aggression
  • Block-finishing
  • Drive-blocking ability
  • Pass-pro potential

Areas to Improve
  • Body control/balance
  • Quickness at the snap

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