Commitment Analysis: OL Stephan Zabié

Feb. 1 -- Scout takes a look at what UCLA is getting in new offensive line commit Stephan Zabié from Austin (Texas) Westlake...

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Profile: Stephan Zabié 

Position: Offensive Tackle

Location: Austin (Texas) Westlake

Height: 6-5

Weight: 290  

Recruiting: Committed to UCLA over Mississippi and Texas.

The Scouting Report: Zabié has an extremely high ceiling as 2015 was his first year playing football and he emerged as one of the top offensive line prospects in the state despite his limited experience. He is long and agile and carries his weight extremely well. He could add 30 pounds and you would not notice it much at all. He is an edge-setter in the run game and is solid in his pass protection. Zabié was ruled ineligible for his senior season, so he's had time off, but as long as he stayed in the shape we saw him during the spring camp circuit, there shouldn't be anything to worry about from that standpoint. He can improve technical aspects of his game, such as hand placement, but Zabié is a high-ceiling offensive tackle with very little football under his belt, meaning he should really take off as a player once he's immersed in a high-major football program.  -National recruiting analyst Greg Powers

Overall Analysis: UCLA needed offensive tackles in this class. Badly. And when they lost Jaxson Kirkland a week ago, it made it even more imperative they land Zabié. He's an interesting story, having missed his senior year because of a transfer.  UCLA started recruiting him when Adrian Klemm was still on staff after they had been pursuing his teammate, Levi Jones.  UCLA went down and had an in-home and brought him in for an in-home when they didn't have an offensive line coach.  Hank Fraley got down to see him last week, though, since he arrived on campus after Zabié left his visit.  Texas had him in for a midweek visit and then Zabié visited Ole Miss and most thought one of those two would be the pick.  But UCLA struck gold in landing Zabié and he immediately becomes their top offensive line commit in this class and could play early from a need standpoint.  Of course, the ideal plan would be to redshirt him, since UCLA has played too many tackles the last few years as true freshman and maybe before they were ready.  But with his size and skill set, and his high ceiling, he may be the most valuable offensive recruit in this class and an early feather in the hat of Fraley, who went into Texas' backyard and stole a kid they wanted in his first two weeks on the job.


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