During that timeframe, the Jayhawks have landed commitments from a trio of offensive linemen, including La Mirada (Calif.) product Bryan Peters. A 6-foot-5, 305-pound mountain of a prospect, Peters was one of the most heavily-recruited offensive linemen on the West Coast.
Phog.net spent a few minutes chatting with Brandon Huffman, Scout.com's
West Regional Recruiting Manager, about the future Jayhawk and his
Q: Why should Kansas fans be
excited about this pickup?
Brandon Huffman: One of the
things about the La Mirada line is he's the third prospect from that
line to commit to a Division One school, so it's a pretty talented line
and they're a big reason why they won their section last year. But what
I like about him is he's got a pretty good reach. He's not a
short-armed blocker. He's got real nice long arms, which helps in pass
Q: He plays tackle in high
school, but where does he project along the line at the next level?
BH: I think he probably plays
guard. He could potentially be a big center, but I think worst-case he
ends up as a guard with the ability to still play tackle in college. I
think the days of you having to be a 6-foot-7, 6-foot-8 left tackle are
over. You're seeing more schools using the 6-foot-4 tackles and right
in that range, so his versatility is what's going to allow him to be
either a tackle or a guard.
Q: What's the strongest part
of his game right now?
BH: I think he's probably at
his best in run blocking. Obviously playing tackle he's got the ability
to be a pretty good pass protector, and he is a pretty good pass
protector, but the strength of his game is in run-blocking.
Q: Is this a guy with the
ability to be a difference-maker at the BCS level of college football?
BH: No question. When you
compare him to his teammate Isaac Luatua who is committed to Alabama, I
think Isaac is more college ready right now. Now, that's not to say
he's going to walk into Alabama and play right away because they've got
the comfort of depth, but I see Isaac as more of a finished product
right now, whereas Peters still has his best football ahead of him. I
don't think he's reached his physical peak yet.
Q: How soon would you expect
him to be a factor?
BH: I don't imagine him playing
right away as a true freshman from a physical standpoint. But from a
mental standpoint, in terms of his technique and in terms of his
football IQ, I could see him playing early because he's got that
ability from a mental standpoint to adjust to the game.
But from a physical standpoint he'd probably be served to use a
redshirt year to get in tip-top shape. By his redshirt sophomore year
at the latest I would expect him to be challenging for a starting job.
I wouldn't be surprised – I haven't seen Kansas' depth chart to know
what they need in terms of linemen – but I wouldn't be surprised by his
redshirt freshman year for him to be in the two-deep and challenging
for significant playing time by his third year in the program, assuming
he redshirts his first year.
Expert's Take: Bryan Peters
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