Signee Spotlight: Alex Palczewski

Illini Inquirer's Ryan Easterling and Jeremy Werner break down what impact Mt. Prospect offensive tackle Alex Palczewski will make at Illinois

Ryan Easterling’s Scouting Report

Reminds me of: Pretty much every Wisconsin offensive tackle in the last 15 years.  Ok, that’s probably a cop-out, but how often have you seen Wisconsin take a guy that’s 6’5”, 280 pounds, and tough as nails out of high school and turn him into a future pro offensive lineman?  Happened a lot, and Palczewski is the type of guy who has many of those same traits.

I absolutely LOVE the fact that he’s a wrestler (just like Kendrick Green & current Illini OL Nick Allegretti).  He understands techniques for getting leverage, but also has the raw power to blow up a defender off the snap.  His quickness is unique, and he has great length to one day step into a weakside/quick tackle spot.

First-year impact

Palczewski is a high-ceiling prospect but needs a year to add strength and develop. Remember, he missed an entire year of high school football -- which is exciting given how good he was as a senior -- but he needs at least a year to mature physically and hone his technique. With Gabe Meggison and Christian DiLauro at offensive tackle, there’s no rush either.  - Jeremy Werner

Werner’s narrative

The beefed-up Illini scouting staff never sleeps. Director of scouting Pat Embleton and scouting analyst James Kirkland and company are constantly re-evaluating film and searching for late-bloomers, sleepers and diamonds in the rough -- especially from the state of Illinois. They found a great one in Palczewski, who missed his junior season due to a neck injury but had a monster senior season. The Illini discovered Palczewski’s film in mid-November, quickly got him on campus and offered that weekend. Two months later, the Illini closed the deal despite other power-five offers (that they helped spur on). Palczewski is a big scouting department win for the Illini.

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