In the film room…Parker Boudreaux
• Assets: A ferocious frame of mind on the football field. Looks intent on annihilating anybody and anything that comes in his path. Craves contact. Will run an opposing defender halfway up the bleachers if allowed. Plays angry.
Quality athleticism for a player of his size. Very active feet. Will bring feet through the defender and drive him up to and beyond the whistle. Very good pad level out of his three-point stance with the ability to thrust from a low power base.
Shows good footwork and a level of quickness needed to play a tackle position on the next level. Works hard to gain the edge as a pass blocker with rapid-fire footwork. Shows a nice, wide pass-blocking base.
• Room for improvement: If he wants to play tackle on the next level, it likely will come on the right (strong) side, although he looks athletic enough to narrow the gap on the left side. Has to guard against allowing his upper half to get too far out in front of his lower half. May have to learn to corral his enthusiasm for contact and take the foot off the pedal once he has a defender on the ground, which is a good “problem” to have.
• Schools of interest: Notre Dame. SEC: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Kentucky, Mississippi, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt; Big Ten: Iowa, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State; ACC: Clemson, Duke, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest; Big 12: Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, West Virginia; Pac 12: Arizona State.
• Early line: With a remarkable 70 or so verbal offers, Boudreaux is one of the most coveted seniors-to-be in the country. He has said he hopes to get his list down to 10-to-15 by this spring, but the list is so long, it will be difficult.
That puts Boudreaux’s timetable behind a lot of top prospects that want to make a decision by this summer. Schools Boudreaux seems to have mentioned most frequently of late are in-state Florida, Clemson, Alabama, Notre Dame and Ohio State.
He visited Florida during Valentine’s Day weekend and has expressed an interest in making a return trip in the upcoming weeks. Boudreaux has developed a solid relationship with Gators’ offensive line coach Mike Summers.
He is slated for a visit to Clemson on the second weekend of March. Boudreaux appreciates what the Crimson Tide has accomplished in Tuscaloosa.
“They said I’m a beast and perfect for Alabama,” said Boudreaux to Scout. “They said they can really see me as an athletic tackle there.”
In late January, as Notre Dame was securing the Class of 2015 and making inroads with the Class of 2016 before signing day, head coach Brian Kelly and then-running backs coach Tony Alford visited Boudreaux in Orlando.
“Coach Alford told me, and he always tells me this, that Notre Dame doesn’t want me; they need me,” recalled Boudreaux of conversations with the Irish running backs coach before Alford moved on to Ohio State.
At the time, Boudreaux told Scout’s Anna Hickey: “Clemson and Notre Dame will hopefully get visits soon. I’d like to see their spring practices.
“Their coaches really show me a lot of love,” added Boudreaux of Notre Dame. “A degree there is something very important to them, and it’s a top tier football program.”
• ND’s 2015 offensive line recruiting: In addition to verbally committed offensive lineman Tommy Kraemer (Cincinnati), the Irish are taking an early look at offensive tackles Liam Eichenberg (Cleveland, Ohio) and Michael Jordan (Canton, Mich.) as well as Ben Bredeson (Hartland, Wis.) and Boudreaux, who could end up at guard.
Additional tackle offers have gone out to Gregory Price (Allen, Texas; Texas A&M commit), Erick Swenson (Downers Grove, Ill.; Michigan commit), E.J. Price (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and Willie Allen (River Ridge, La.).
• ND’s 2016 offensive line depth chart: When Kraemer arrives at Notre Dame in 2016 – provided he follows through with his commitment and signs with the Irish – Nick Martin and Matt Hegarty will be out of eligibility, and Ronnie Stanley likely will be headed to the NFL. Steve Elmer will be down to his final year of eligibility while Mike McGlinchey, Hunter Bivin, Colin McGovern and John Montelus will be down to two apiece. Then there’s Alex Bars, Quentin Nelson, Jimmy Byrne and Sam Mustipher as well as Trevor Ruhland and Tristen Hoge, the newest Irish offensive linemen.
• Summary: This dude is wound tightly, and if you show him the slightest degree of weakness/vulnerability, he will drive you into tomorrow. You can’t teach an athlete to love the game, enjoy the contact and wrap himself in the thrill of physical competition the way Boudreaux does. He’s found his niche on the gridiron and attacks it with gusto.
Notre Dame figures to be in Boudreaux’s top five – at least initially – but the push from Florida and the Gators’ new coaching staff will be extensive. Clemson appears to be one of Boudreaux’s favorites out of the ACC, and the successes of Alabama and Ohio State have caught his eye.
And yet with a modest goal of narrowing his list down to 10-to-15 by the spring, there would appear to be a long road ahead in the recruitment of Boudreaux, whose body language states loud and clear just how much he loves playing football.
Some have him pegged as a guard, but with his footwork and athleticism, he should be able to play right tackle on the next level if his team of choice decides to use him in that capacity. If his on-field demeanor is any indication of his preparation for the game off the field, this young man is destined for a whole bunch of success on the next level.
If you want to see someone embrace the game with enthusiasm, take a look at Boudreaux in action. Every coach wishes he could get that type of love for the game and effort out of his players. This guy plays like it’s personal.