Commit Analysis: James Empey

What is Utah getting in local offensive lineman James Empey?

Smart. Savvy. A technician. Strong hands. Great feet. Outside of his frame that is a bit undersized right now, James Empey is pretty close to how you draw up an offensive guard prospect. I've seen Empey in person multiple times and watched him just demolish his foes with picture perfect technique time and time again. He drive blocks deep down the field and never gives up on a play. First step in pass protection is near perfect and has a nice bend. Can't rave enough about what he WILL be.

Size is one right now as Empey is a bit light. A mission (that he'll serve right away) may help him pack on more pounds. Doesn't have the widest shoulders though and that could work against his weight addition to the upper body. Isn't the greatest athlete in the world.

Final Thoughts
We're not going to call this a coup for Utah as we've generally felt that Empey was theirs to lose, but that shouldn't take away how big of a get this is. The struggles recruiting in-state this season have been well documented, but this definitely helps in this regard. Empey is better than his ranking would indicate and has all the makings of a 3 year starter at guard for Utah. Can't sneeze at a prospect that you beat Oregon State, Washington, Utah State, BYU, and Boise on. Great get.

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