Aggie Websider's David Sandhop attended Saturday night's game between the Blinn Bucaneers and the Northeast Oklahoma A&M Norsemen to see Texas A&M DL commit Logan David and Aggie RB target Marion Grice. Here's his scouting report from the game.
After hearing the talk about him being overweight and some unflattering reviews from other sources, my expectations were not very high. And when David didn't go out with the first unit I'm thinking what has the A&M staff gotten themselves into especially with the significant need for help next year on the DL. David went into the game on the second series and he promptly shed his blocker and ran down the NE Okla A&M QB for a 10 yard sack that energized the defense. On the next play he again shed his blocker and hit and dropped the running back just short of the line of scrimmage.
In doing so, the big man (and I do mean big) showed he has surprising speed for a 340-pound DL and he has a motor when he's fresh. But, as the game went on and David's reps increased, that explosiveness died down and I think fatigue entered the equation. But while his explosive plays weren't there after the 1st quarter, nobody was moving that guy off the line of scrimmage and he allowed others to make the plays while he neutralized the point of attack.
The Blinn radio announcers named David their defensive MVP for being that presence at the line of scrimmage and helping Blinn limit the opponent to 51 yards on 33 carries.
My final thoughts:
There is no doubt that David needs to get in better shape, but there is a football player in there somewhere. If he does change his lifestyle and gets the motivation to work hard in the weight room that will allow him to play with a high motor the entire game, he could be a very nice collegiate player. If not, he'll be a specialty player that helps in some spots.
What stuck out at me when I first saw him in pads is that he's got nice height at 6-foot-0+ and about 210 pounds. I was expecting more bulk in the lower body, but he's pretty slender from the waist down. In the first half, he had a few nice runs in the first series gaining around 25 yards, but he was dinged up and saw little action the rest of the half. In fact, he had only five carries by halftime. If the A&M coaches left at halftime (I didn't see them in the second half but could have missed them), I wouldn't expect a quick offer.
But in the second half, the Bucs went to the Grice well early and often. If you are looking for a physical running back that can grind out yards between the tackles, Grice isn't your man. He simply doesn't have the lower body strength and leg drive to get the tough yards.
However, if you want a RB that has a jet pack on his back and can get from 0-20 in a step in open space, Grice is your man. He is very good in space. He can cut, has a nice spin move, and he can rumble downfield with anybody.
He finished with about 160 yards on 26 carries and either 2 or 3 TD's.
My final thoughts:
The issue for A&M coaches is what kind of RB do they want to compliment Christine Michael and Trey Williams next season. If they want a bigger back that can wear down a defense and get the tough yards between the tackles, I don't think Grice is your man. If you want a guy that has great acceleration, has good hands out of the backfield, and can give you some big plays in space, then Grice is your man.
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