SYKESVILLE, Md. – In a non-conference bout between South Carroll (Sykesville, Md.) and North Harford (Pylesville, Md.) Sept. 11, the home team Cavaliers came away with a 36-30 victory. TT was on hand to scout the Terps’ targets participating, including offensive tackle commit Brian Plummer.
Our take on his game is below, while a video interview can be viewed above:
With Plummer, it’s all about development and upside. Fact is, he’s 6-foot-8, 280 pounds with pole-length arms and big, strong hands. From a pure physical standpoint, there’s plenty of tools to work with here.
As far as his game is concerned, Plummer is a tough guy, flashing a mean streak. A fighter and a scrapper, he has the ability to finish blocks with a pancake -- sometimes at the second level.
Fundamentally, Plummer’s fairly on-point too, showing the ability to hold blocks throughout. When pass blocking, he shifts his weight well; gets his arms extended; strikes underneath the pads; and anchors well. And when run blocking, Plummer latches on with those potent hands and pushes through the whistle.
Moreover, Plummer has a high football IQ and seems to anticipate well. For example, he can pick up a blitzing linebacker when they shoot through the gap.
To improve, however, Plummer has to become more sudden in his movements. At the snap, he has to develop a rapid initial burst/first step. It takes him a second to get into his stance, which is OK against Carroll County competition, but probably won’t fly in the Big Ten. Fast-fibered defensive linemen will be able to beat him to the inside, or come around his backside before he can readjust.
Also, Plummer has to fire his hands up quicker -- in both pass protection and when run blocking. Again, he can get away with that now, but against better competition defenders are will get into his body.
Speaking of the latter, Plummer has to come off the ball lower and harder in order to consistently win the leverage battle. Once in awhile you’ll see him stand straight up, which is a recipe for getting knocked off the ball. And when Plummer does stand up, he tends to lean every now and again, throwing off his balance and further restricting his point-of-attack potency.
If Plummer can keep his base down, it would certainly help with his initial punch. Right now, he has some trouble drive blocking and stalemating defenders at the point of attack. We’d like to see Plummer generate power from his base (he relies on his upper-body strength a little too often) and hit the opposition with a rapid, forceful thrust to completely neutralize them.
In terms of footwork, Plummer has to keep his feet pumping when he engages. Sometimes he can be methodical, limiting his ability to adjust to a defender’s moves or push to the second level.
When pass blocking, Plummer has to refine his kick-step, which tends to be a bit mechanical as well. He has to prove he can move his feet pitted against an elite defensive end, guiding them past the quarterback.
Finally, it would behoove Plummer to continue working on his overall athleticism. Currently, he’s not asked to pull or block much out in space. Plummer has to show he can hit the edge, pick up a linebacker and hold his block so his running back can find daylight. We’d also like to see him consistently push to the second level and finish.
Much of the above will improve once Plummer builds his body and enters a college lifting program. Right now, he’s still a developing specimen, but one with potential if he keeps refining his game.