Check out 4-Star DE and UCLA Commit Hunter Echols in Action From The Opening

July 16 -- Four-star and UCLA-committed Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral defensive lineman Hunter Echols is one of the top pass rushers out West and has made some steady progress this off-season.

Evaluation Notes:

Hunter Echols is an intriguing defensive end and has a chance to develop in to a solid college player. Watching him compete against what was arguably the best crop of offensive linemen we've seen at any The Opening event previously, the first thing that jumped out was that he needs to really work hard in the weight room and add both size and strength. 

Echols has put on some good weight since last fall and measured in at 6-foot-4, 232 pounds. So he has probably put on a solid 20 pounds in the off-season but will need to continue to add more strength as there were times he struggled getting off blocks and other times when he did get the edge, an opposing tackle would give him a shove and knock him off balance.

Once he adds the necessary strength, Echols should really blossom. He has a quick first step, a variety of pass rush moves and can beat a guy around the edge or with a quick inside move. He's a good athlete and showed some nice explosiveness jumping 33" in the vertical during the testing portion of the camp and there is some definite upside here. 

Recruiting Notes:

Echols remains committed to UCLA and has softened his stance a bit on taking all five of his official visits. Notre Dame is making a strong push and could be in line for an official visit but that could be the only one he takes. 

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