Scouting Report: Caleb Bluiett

Here, we break down Texas commitment Caleb Bluiett's performance at the Fox Sports Southwest Texas State 7-on-7 Tournament, based on an in-person viewing.

You wouldn't figure that Caleb Bluiett would project well to a 7-on-7 setting. This is a player who played defensive tackle for most of his highlight film, and he projects as a defensive end for Texas. But Bluiett, who will play linebacker this year for Beaumont West Brook this year, still impressed as one of the top linebackers in attendance this weekend.

The first thing that stands out about Bluiett is his athleticism. He moves well for a player who is 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds and really accelerates and gets to the ball in a hurry. He's more fluid than you would think at his size, and his effort level allows him to make plays that other players might have quit on. He's raw at the position as you might expect, but Bluiett has the requisite athleticism and fluidity to play linebacker at a high level in college.

If he's going to play with his hand on the ground as a defensive end, Bluiett probably needs to add 15-20 pounds with his frame and length. With his quickness, he stands out as somebody who could bend the edge and make plays in a college system. With the way he defended the pass in the weekend's 7-on-7 play, he would easily be able to handle the plays when the Longhorns choose to employ the zone blitz, as his drops were more smooth, and his breaks on the ball better than most college defensive ends are capable of.

Right now, it would appear that his best position would be as a rush linebacker in a 3-4. He just doesn't quite have the thickness just yet to project at end, and while he's athletic enough, I'm not sure he's an ideal outside guy in a 4-3. But he's certainly somebody that Texas can be happy to have in the program: a player with a lot of athleticism and versatility that could plug into different spots.


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