OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) traveled to McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.) Sept. 16 for a WCAC-MIAA battle. Terrapin Times was on hand to scout four-star Maryland commit Marcus Minor, a 6-foot-4, 285-pound guard who plays left tackle at DeMatha.
Our analysis of Minor is below and an interview can be seen above:
Minor can actually play all three offensive line spots, though he’s likely bound for the line’s interior at the next level. He probably needs a year or two in a college weight room to get his body ready, but Minor projects as a future starter down the road.
Physically, Minor possesses long arms and a lengthy, muscle-bound frame, complete with a stout base. Although he's a bit short for a tackle, he could probably hold his own at that spot in a pinch given his wide wingspan.
The most impressive part of Minor's game is his athleticism. He's able to execute at the second level, pull around end, pick off linebackers in space and quickly readjust to incoming blitzers. He runs well too, displaying above-average speed for an offensive lineman.
At the snap, Minor possesses a fast first step and comes off low and hard. He typically maintains leverage and strikes underneath the pads. Minor's initial punch and upward thrust are solid enough, and since he has those long arms, he keeps defenders out of his body.
On running plays, Minor does a good job getting downhill and opening holes. He keeps his feet moving after contact and drives from his base. As aforementioned, he can push past the first level and continue his block down the field before finishing at the second line of defense.
In pass protection, Minor sets up well and has improved his balance and steps. He has a sound kick slide and punch, while keeping his back straight. Minor is also agile enough and flashes deft enough footwork to adjust to various rush moves. Plus, he usually guides defenders past the quarterback or turns them to the outside.
Minor can execute higher-level blocks too. He has the ability to perform a backside block, a cross block, a down block and a combo with the guard.
To improve, Minor mainly has to add more strength. His point-of-attack power in the running game could be more potent as sometimes Minor can be neutralized.
And while Minor's hand placement is on-point most of the time, he does need to develop even more violent hands so he can readily stun or push back defenders. His initial punch could also be a tad quicker in order to consistently lift his man.
In pass pro, Minor has to make sure he doesn't lunge or compromise his stance. Sometimes he'll get caught leaning, which throws off his balance. Moreover, once in awhile Minor will take a misstep or look methodical, so he has to become more consistent with his technique.