Prep Preview: Kurt Gavin

Frankfort (IL) Lincoln Way East OL Kurt Gavin has all the tools to be a good offensive lineman at the college level, but first, let's take a look ahead to his senior year and where he stands as a player.

Kurt Gavin is one of the state’s top offensive linemen in the 2016 class. The Frankfort (IL) Lincoln Way East standout follows in the footsteps of several quality offensive linemen from LWE, including current Illini and former Army All-American Nick Allegretti.

Gavin pledged to the Illini in early July (the 9th to be exact), and at the time, was only the second offensive line commitment in the class.

Gavin was close to pledging to the Illini around the time that the Illinois satellite camp rolled into his high school about a month prior, but he took his time, thought things over, and chose the Illini over offers from Cincinnati, Syracuse, NC State, Nevada, and others.

The Bio:

Height & Weight: 6’-5”, 265 pounds
Positions: OT

Physically, Gavin has the frame of a prototypical offensive tackle. Long arms, broad shoulders, and good flexibility at the knees. He is already fairly athletic, which should allow him to carry another 20-30 pounds of weight once he gets to the college level.

While we have not yet seen him in live action yet, he spent some time at the Illinois satellite camp in June while many of his high school teammates participated. Even though he was not taking part in camp action, he was playing around with a couple of his other teammates running routes and throwing bootleg passes. Even then, he was fluid in his movement and showed some natural dynamic athleticism.

That being said, he likely doesn’t project as a left tackle at the college level. Gavin is probably best suited to either play right tackle or grow into a left guard, but his frame and athletic ability make him flexible for future positions along the offensive line.


Season Outlook:

Week 1 Opponent: at Oak Park-River Forest
Toughest Matchup: Homewood-Flossmoor
When we’ll see him: Week 5 at Bolingbrook

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