Publisher's Notes: Every weekday until the LSU football team reports for Fall Camp on Sunday, Aug. 4, TSD will unveil another player in our top 50 Tigers for the 2013 season. We arrived at this list by combining individual rankings from TSD's Austin Cooper, Ben Love and Hunter Paniagua. For example, a player who received a No. 1 vote got 50 points, a No. 2 vote got 49 points, and so on. Every player who received votes had his points totaled across all three individual lists, and the result was our final TSD ranking. All players, including incoming signees, were eligible for selection.
No. 39 – OL Ethan Pocic
The first of seven offensive linemen who will appear in TSD's top 50, Pocic started to make a name for himself this spring as an early enrollee. Not only was he on a college campus when other signees were still in high school last semester, but he also tackled the chore of learning a whole new position. Pocic, a 6-foot-7, 285-pound high school offensive tackle, spent the majority of his time at center during spring practices.
The Lemont, Ill., native is being groomed as a backup center to first-year starter Elliott Porter and, presumably, as the player of the future at the position. He's got good footwork and mobility for his size, something that fits in well with what Les Miles and Greg Studrawa like to do. Pocic is also showing the versatility to cross-train, another plus in the Miles/Studrawa OL system. He's got a good chance to contribute some in year one at LSU, bolstering the offensive line rotation.
By The Numbers
Pocic's highest ranking: 37th
Pocic's lowest ranking: 39th
Why this ranking is too high
Pocic has to start all over at a new position. He definitely made some strides this spring, but there were multiple reports and instances of botched snaps and center-quarterback exchanges involving Pocic during the five weeks of practice. And, considering Pocic is a true freshman, there's always a lingering sense of uncertainty as to how ready the player is, particularly when going up against the interior of SEC defensive lines.
Why this ranking is too low
At 6-foot-7 and an athletic 285 pounds, Pocic is one of the best-looking prospects LSU inked in 2013 in terms of passing the eyeball test. He's got considerable size and proved this spring he's no stiff on the offensive line. Pocic can move. Given all he's got going for him, and the fact that Porter is still an unproven at center, Pocic could really become a factor in LSU's plans by the time the 2013 season is complete.
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