Expert's Take: Bryan Peters

Head Coach Turner Gill and his staff at the University of Kansas have enjoyed a serious recruiting hot streak in the past seven days.

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 recruitment.

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 protection.

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.
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