Scout's Take: Breaking Down Bars

IrishEyes.com takes an in-depth look at Scout 300 offensive tackle commit Alex Bars of Nashville (Tenn.) Montgomery Bell Academy.

The remaking of Notre Dame's offensive line under assistant Harry Hiestand is well underway.

The Irish offensive line guru is a shining reason so many highly rated prospects opted to sign or commit to Notre Dame, and the latest one to pledge was Montgomery Bell Academy (Nashville, Tenn.) Scout 300 offensive tackle Alex Bars.

The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Bars, who is the No. 24 offensive tackle in the 2014 class, was the fourth offensive lineman to commit in the class, and third offensive tackle. That is on top of five offensive line signees, including four projected offensive tackles, in the 2013 class.

So, where does Bars fit in? And what are the Irish getting in him?

IrishEyes.com takes an in-depth look at the latest Irish commit.

What to like
Bars is athletic and plays with a nasty streak. He not only wants to block the guy in front of him, but he wants to pound him into the ground. He plays physical and fast, and has no problem pulling as a left tackle or getting to the second left to make a block.

Bars is always blocking downhill and delivers heavy blocks. His legs continue to drive once he engages on a defender and he finishes plays well. When it comes to pulling or getting to the second left to block, he quickly locates his target and is physical in his first contact.

Looking at his junior tape (which is below), the second plays shows his athleticism and his quick feet. He pulls with ease and opens the running lane for the running back. At 6-6, 285 pounds, Bars makes it look fluid and easy.

At the 1:06 mark, Bars' explosion off the snap and ability to get to the linebackers is displayed. He gets out there in a heartbeat, squares his body and executes a nice block. The rapidity in which Bars goes from the snap of the ball to the second level of blocking is why coaches care about an offensive lineman's 10-yard dash time much more than 40-yard dash.

He pulls again at the 2:17 mark, and it looks similar. He gets out quickly and creates a running lane for the ball carrier by locating his target and delivering the block. And his footwork is clean and simple in allowing him to get there.

At the 2:55 mark, Bars has one of the few pass protection plays on the video, and he is comfortable. He plays with a strong base and his balance is on point as he easily controls the defensive lineman.

What Needs Work
Bars is a very good player, but there are a few areas of improvement needed. At the forefront is his balance. Several times Bars reaches for the defensive player and finds himself leaning forward too much. He makes the block because of his athleticism, but it needs to improve at the next level.

Bars has quick feet and when he is technically sound, he looks incredible, but there are times he leaning too much.

There weren't too many pass plays to view, but the one at the 1:45 mark shows his need to work on his kick step. Bars is slow to come out of his stance and the defensive end is close to getting around the corner because Bars uses his length to push him to the ground. It is not a comfortable play, but he got the job done.

In Summation
Bars is athletic and he moves well. He was recruited to play offensive tackle, but a move to guard seems plausible given Notre Dame's already loaded offensive tackle position in the last two recruiting classes. A vision of Bars pulling from a guard position and leading the way for the running back is entrenched in my mind.


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The Irish offensive line guru is a shining reason so many highly rated prospects opted to sign or commit to Notre Dame, and the latest one to pledge was Montgomery Bell Academy (Nashville, Tenn.) Scout 300 offensive tackle Alex Bars.

The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Bars, who is the No. 24 offensive tackle in the 2014 class, was the fourth offensive lineman to commit in the class, and third offensive tackle. That is on top of five offensive line signees, including four projected offensive tackles, in the 2013 class.

So, where does Bars fit in? And what are the Irish getting in him?

IrishEyes.com takes an in-depth look at the latest Irish commit.

Bars is athletic and plays with a nasty streak. He not only wants to block the guy in front of him, but he wants to pound him into the ground. He plays physical and fast, and has no problem pulling as a left tackle or getting to the second left to make a block.

Bars is always blocking downhill and delivers heavy blocks. His legs continue to drive once he engages on a defender and he finishes plays well. When it comes to pulling or getting to the second left to block, he quickly locates his target and is physical in his first contact.

Looking at his junior tape (which is below), the second plays shows his athleticism and his quick feet. He pulls with ease and opens the running lane for the running back. At 6-6, 285 pounds, Bars makes it look fluid and easy.

At the 1:06 mark, Bars' explosion off the snap and ability to get to the linebackers is displayed. He gets out there in a heartbeat, squares his body and executes a nice block. The rapidity in which Bars goes from the snap of the ball to the second level of blocking is why coaches care about an offensive lineman's 10-yard dash time much more than 40-yard dash.

He pulls again at the 2:17 mark, and it looks similar. He gets out quickly and creates a running lane for the ball carrier by locating his target and delivering the block. And his footwork is clean and simple in allowing him to get there.

At the 2:55 mark, Bars has one of the few pass protection plays on the video, and he is comfortable. He plays with a strong base and his balance is on point as he easily controls the defensive lineman.

Bars is a very good player, but there are a few areas of improvement needed. At the forefront is his balance. Several times Bars reaches for the defensive player and finds himself leaning forward too much. He makes the block because of his athleticism, but it needs to improve at the next level.

Bars has quick feet and when he is technically sound, he looks incredible, but there are times he leaning too much.

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Bars is athletic and he moves well. He was recruited to play offensive tackle, but a move to guard seems plausible given Notre Dame's already loaded offensive tackle position in the last two recruiting classes. A vision of Bars pulling from a guard position and leading the way for the running back is entrenched in my mind.

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