In The Film Room: Alex Palczewski

Illinois saw the film, offered, and now have secured the commitment of Prospect (IL) OL Alex Palczewski. What in that film spurred the Illini to pursue and ultimately land him? Let's take a look.

First Impressions:

For a guy who didn't even play as a junior, Palczewski's senior tape is rather impressive, and is a big reason he was such a sought-after prospect late. He plays with a physical edge, which isn't surprising given that Palczewski is also a wrestler.

Tale of the Tape:

Left tackle body with a right tackle mindset. He approaches every play with the intent to put the defender on his back.  As a wrestler, Palczewski understands the techniques and fundamentals of gaining leverage on the guy standing across from him.

He did suffer a neck injury prior to his junior season, but his tape suggests that he bounced back just fine as a senior with no ill effects from the injury.

His hand placement allows him to engage defensive linemen, at which point he uses a strong leg drive to create lanes and finish blocks.  He will still need to add some weight, but has a pretty ideal frame and looks to be able to carry more weight.

How He Fits:

Palczewski is the 4th offensive lineman to commit in this class, joining Larry Boyd, Vederian Lowe, and Howard Watkins.  All four play a physical, nasty brand of football, though not all of them are expected to redshirt.

However, Palczewski, because he still needs to add another 20-25 pounds, will be a likely redshirt candidate and have time to develop further.  He plays with a mean streak, but will have time to better develop his technical abilities as an offensive tackle.  

With Palczewski on board, Vederian Lowe could very well move inside to a guard position, though Palczewski, with some improvement to his kick step, could eventually even see action at left tackle.  This class, now including Palczewski, joins linemen such as Gabe Megginson and Nicky Allegretti as the future core group in the trenches on the offensive side of the ball.

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