LSU's newest players will arrive in just two days to begin their college careers and go through summer workouts. One such player is Pepperell High School (Lindale, Ga.) offensive guard Andy Dodd.
Dodd is one of two players from the state of Georgia to sign with LSU during the 2013 recruiting class (Anthony Jennings). TSD's Austin Cooper takes a look at his road to LSU and how he will stack up in college football.
Dodd's recruitment had its share of shakeups very early on in the process. Dodd initially committed to Alabama in March of his junior year after attending a junior day in Tuscaloosa and picking up an offer from the Crimson Tide. Following his commitment to Alabama, the recruiting process picked up tremendous steam with Dodd collecting offers from some of the top programs around the country.
It was known from the beginning of the process that Dodd had high interest in LSU. It was just a matter of getting him on campus for a visit. That happened in July before his senior year for the second session of the LSU summer camp. While on his visit, he flipped his commitment to the Tigers and never looked back from that point on. Rated as a three-star prospect by Scout.com, Dodd was a very good pickup for the Tigers and will figure into the mix in the future.
As it was mentioned, Dodd stands at 6-4 305 pounds. He is very athletic for a player of his size and he already has above-average strength to go along with his speed. To give LSU fans an idea of his athleticism on the field, he also played tight end for his high school at times because they were primarily a run-first team. Throughout his high school career he showed the ability to be a nasty blocker as well as a player that is a good enough athlete to catch passes and get up field.
Dodd consistently shows his determination on nearly every play, as he is a great block-finisher. One of the aspects of his game that stands out the most is his initial drive off of the line of scrimmage. By the time the ball is snapped, it seems as though Dodd already has a step on the defender in front of him. He's quick out of his stance and has been known to force his block all the way down the field.
The likelihood of an offensive lineman seeing the playing field in their first year on campus is typically rare. Dodd will need time once he is on campus to get acclimated to the speed of the game as well as the schemes that he will be playing in at LSU. He will need some time in Tommy Moffitt's system to add some good weight to his frame.
Overall, Dodd will be a solid contributor for the Tigers in the future, but a redshirt year seems very likely for him at this point. The offensive line at LSU is stocked full of talent, but Dodd has the potential to be a starter in the future.
Before the players report to LSU on June 7th, TSD is taking a look back at the class of 2013 and providing analysis on each member. In case you missed it, the full list of updates is below.
DE Michael Patterson
DE Lewis Neal
DE Tashawn Bower
WR Kevin Spears
OL K.J. Malone
CB Tre'Davious White
LB Kendell Beckwith
DEF Melvin Jones
OG Josh Boutte
DT Greg Gilmore
DE Frank Herron
TE Desean Smith
DT Maquedius Bain
LB Duke Riley
ATH Jeryl Brazil
Signee Update: Andy Dodd
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