Committed To: Miami (Fla.)
What to Like
The first thing that stands out to you about rising senior offensive tackle Brendan Loftus while watching his junior highlight tape is his size and length. The rising senior is every bit of 6-foot-6 and 285-pounds and will likely only get bigger. Loftus has long arms and his frame carries 285-pounds easily and will certainly accommodate another 30-40 pounds as he continues to develop. He has good but not great feet and moves around well. In pass protection Loftus does a good job of getting his hands inside and staying with his block. He also does good job of running the pass-rusher past the quarterback on speed or "Jet" rushes off the edge. In both pass protection and run-blocking Loftus does a good job of trying to establish inside hands and works hard to maintain his blocks. Loftus also seems comfortable and displayed some athleticism blocking at the second-level of the defense.Questions and Areas for Improvement
There are several things that Loftus can work on between now and the time he arrives on campus as a freshman to become a better player. At this point in his development Loftus has a tendency to play too high both in the run game and in pass protection. Loftus also needs to get into the weight room and get stronger in the lower body which will help with explosion and his push coming off the line of scrimmage especially in the area of run-blocking. This season, as a senior, Loftus should show improvement after another off-season working on the fundamentals and as he continues to learn to move around in his big and growing frame. The rising senior must also learn to "sit" more (play with bent knees and a wider base) in his pass protection set. This will help improve his ability to move from side-to-side and also improve his initial punch on the pass-rusher. It is yet to be seen if Loftus has the lateral movement to consistently block elite pass rushers off the edge, there simply not enough film of him in these situations to draw a conclusive opinion. Where does Loftus project in college? Will he possess the athleticism to play left tackle at the highest-level of college football or will he end up at right tackle or guard in college?Thoughts
Loftus picked up an offer from Miami (Fla.) in May during spring practice and then confirmed that offer with a strong camp performance in late June. He received strong interest from Penn State this summer but ultimately didn’t get offered by the Nittany Lions which cemented this commitment for the Hurricanes. The questions on Loftus likely will only be answered as he continues to grow and mature physically and fundamentally. He will more than likely need a red-shirt year to develop his strength and flexibility. He moves well but there are questions on his ability to handle edge rushers at the major college level. You would also like to see Loftus become more consistent in finishing off blocks and being a more dominant run-blocker. Loftus’ best football is well ahead of him especially after missing the first half of his junior year with an injury. He possesses a lot of raw physical tools and it is hard to argue with Miami offensive line coach Art Kehoe’s ability to evaluate and develop offensive lineman. Loftus has been told by Miami coaches that he will start out at left tackle upon his arrival.