Max Wray is a part of the 2018 recruiting class and if last week is any indication, the Franklin high school (TN) tackle is already positioning himself as one of the top tackle prospects not only in the South but the entire country.
Kentucky, LSU and Vanderbilt became the first three schools to offer Wray and of course all of them are from the Southeastern Conference. Tennessee, Oregon and a few others are also interested and it would not be surprising to see more offers arrive soon.
Standing 6’6 255 pounds, Wray has the size and frame to grow into an elite level college recruit. He is also a strong student in the classroom, so he will undoubtedly have every option from across the country to choose from. (EDITOR'S NOTE: North Carolina also recently offered Wray)
Breaking Down the Film
Wray, like many lineman in high school, has a lot to learn before he reaches college football but has all the tools and the potential is there. Wray already has the height you want in your tackle. Being 6’6 helps to begin with but his length all the way from his legs into his arms, makes the 2018 tackle a guy you want to work with. Wray has extremely long arms and uses them well when engaging into his opponent. His hands are very quick as well. He gets to the second level quickly and then extends his arms keeping the defender away from the ball. Wray’s run blocking is ahead of his pass blocking but it’s not far off.
Pass blocking is something you continue to learn as you grow in the game of football. Wray is striving to get better in this area but when watching his film, you see where the potential is for him to be great at it in time. He plays right tackle for his Franklin team and that’s where his future could be in college. Wray could potentially play on the left side as well but his skills may fit better at right tackle. His athleticism along with his length allows him to handle pass rushers. Wray does well at getting out of his stance quickly and putting his hands in position to control the pass rush. His improving strength helps in this area too.
Overall, Wray has everything you want in a college tackle. He is still going through his sophomore season, so there is a lot of time for Wray to get better. With three SEC offers in hand, look Wray to see his stock skyrocket and eventually become one of the most sought after lineman in the country.