By Andrew Gorringe
It’s not often that Utah dips in to the state of Washington, as they currently have only one player on the roster from there, but the Utes were able to pull out one of the best offensive linemen in the state of Washington this season, as Central Valley HS offensive tackle Scott Peck committed to the Utes back in August, and enrolled in school just recently in order to participate in spring ball. Peck’s recruitment largely took place under the radar, mostly due to his absence on social media, which seems to be a rare commodity these days. Peck committed to Utah over scholarship offers from Washington State, Nevada, Army and Hawaii.
Peck has the prototypical frame for an offensive tackle, as he stands 6’6-275 pounds, and has plenty of room on his frame to bulk up around 300 pounds. Peck has the necessary arm length in order to be an effective pass blocker at the next level, but where he will excel in the run game. Peck has a mean streak on the football field, and is one of the more aggressive high school offensive tackles in run blocking that I’ve seen in the past few years. He packs a mean hit when he’s on the run, and has good enough speed for his size to be able to block linebackers at the next level. He also does a good job of not setting up to ‘upright’ in pass protection, which makes it easier for him to take on bull rushes from defenders.
With Peck having enrolled in spring semester, he’ll get plenty of early work with offensive line coach Jim Harding, which will only help him develop faster as a prospect. With his size and run blocking ability, Peck looks like a prototypical right tackle at the next level. He will need to work on his flexibility and ‘bend’ once he begins practicing with the Utes, and will also need to increase his foot speed in order to stay in front of faster edge rushers. With Utah returning 4 of 5 starters on the offensive line, two-part time starters and also bringing in the top rated JUCO offensive tackle in Garret Bolles, it’s highly unlikely that Peck does anything but redshirt during his freshman season, but he has all the tools that coaches look for in a nasty, run blocking offensive tackle.