In the film room…Parker Boudreaux

Parker Boudreaux has the savvy and wherewithal to be a right tackle. But his aggressive nature and upfield blocking skills make him an ideal interior offensive lineman.

• 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. Exceptional pad level out of his three-point stance with the ability to thrust from a low power base. Makes it incredibly difficult for a defensive lineman to disengage.

Shows good footwork and a level of quickness needed to play a right tackle position on the next level, although that wouldn’t be a maximization of his strengths. Works hard to gain the edge as a pass blocker with rapid-fire footwork. Shows a nice, wide pass-blocking base.

• Room for improvement: Pass blocking – even as an offensive guard – will be his greatest challenge. His aggressiveness sometimes leads to overextending and allowing his upper body to get too far out in front of his churning lower body. Because he is so difficult to disengage from, he has to be careful about the perception of holding penalties. Plays like an emotional ticking time bomb, which potentially could be a negative at times. Must find a comfort zone within the Notre Dame environment.

• 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.

• Why Notre Dame: His offer list, from the outset, was off the charts. He could have chosen virtually any school in the country. He eventually narrowed his list down to a top 10: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia Southern, Iowa, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Mississippi State and Penn State.

Ultimately, it was cut to a top five with the top three – in addition to Notre Dame – including Clemson and Oklahoma.

After visiting Notre Dame in early June and spending considerable time with Irish offensive line coach Harry Hiestand, Boudreaux was convinced Notre Dame was the place to be.

“I loved how unique and different it was,” said Boudreaux to Scout’s Anna Hickey on June 11. “The campus is beautiful, the people are nice, and everyone wants you to succeed.”

Boudreaux also spent time with Irish head coach Brian Kelly.

“(Kelly) was saying how it’s all about the family of Notre Dame and how much of a priority I am for them,” Boudreaux said. “He told me about how the alumni base is so large and friendly that when you’re done with football, you can always count on someone being there for you.”

• ND’s 2015 offensive line recruiting: The Irish could have pitched a “perfect game” with their offensive line recruiting had they been able to land Ben Bredeson (Hartland, Wis.), who recently committed to Michigan. Unless the Irish can sway Bredeson – which is unlikely – Notre Dame’s offensive line recruiting is almost undoubtedly complete with the trio of Boudreaux, Tommy Kraemer and Liam Eichenberg, which is one of the finest three-man O-line classes in the land.

• ND’s 2016 offensive line depth chart: When Boudreaux, Kraemer and Eichenberg arrive at Notre Dame in 2016, Nick Martin will be out of eligibility and Ronnie Stanley almost undoubtedly 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 each will have two. Offensive linemen entering 2015 with four years of eligibility include Alex Bars, Quentin Nelson, Jimmy Byrne, Sam Mustipher, Trevor Ruhland and Tristen Hoge.

• 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.

Perhaps the greatest obstacles facing Boudreaux are harnessing that enthusiasm and passion for physical play, and then adapting to life in the Notre Dame environment, which has been challenging for Notre Dame linemen through the years wired similarly. Harry Hiestand and Boudreaux’s fellow offensive linemen should provide great assistance in this area, but ultimately, it will be on Boudreaux’s shoulders.

Another challenge for Boudreaux is fine-tuning the finesse aspects of line play to his incredibly aggressive nature. He likely will be a work in progress as a pass blocker because of his natural inclination to attack, which isn’t always the best approach when it comes to keeping pass rushers at bay and working in tandem with fellow offensive linemen.

But there’s no denying that when it comes to physical interior offensive line play, Notre Dame has landed an absolute gem of a prospect who adds an elite level of competitive spirit and physicality, which bodes well for the Irish rushing attack of today and tomorrow.

Landing Boudreaux is a huge building block for a running game that looked dominant against LSU in the Music City Bowl while serving as a potential harbinger of the future. Boudreaux is at the forefront of that future.



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