Verbal View: Josh Sills

West Virginia added a second offensive lineman to its football recruiting class on Sunday when Josh Sills committed after a camp visit. We break down his game and fit in the Mountaineer program.

WHAT TO LIKE

The first thing that stands out about offensive lineman Josh Sills is his punch on initial contact. The Meadowbrook (Oh.) High School lineman delivers strong blows when coming off the ball, routinely knocks his foes off balance, and at times completely off their feet. From his right tackle position, he often overwhelms opposing pass rushers, and keeps them from getting much backfield penetration.

While Sills doesn't jump off the screen in terms of athleticism, he does get down the line well when pulling for blocks on running plays, and he is relentless in terms of getting finishing blocks and completing plays. He's the sort of grinder that gets the most out of his ability, and doesn't quit playing until the echo of the whistle.

Josh Sills Camp Video

Josh Sills Video


POSSIBLE CONCERNS

Sills' school, Meadowbrook, is a Division IV school in Ohio, placing it in the midst of the state's seven classifications, but on the smaller end of the enrollment scale. The school had just 204 male students last year, so that raises a bit of concern about competition levels. Sills has the size and mindset to become a very good Big 12 lineman, but his progression against better competition will be an item to watch over his first couple of years at WVU.

Perhaps due to his school's size and location away from big Ohio media centers, Sills was under-recruited for much of his junior season. However, he broke into the Power Five interest list with offers from Michigan, Cincinnati and West Virginia, as well as Michigan State, so it was clear that he was on his way to gathering more scholarship tenders as his senior season progressed.


OVERALL ANALYSIS

If there's a "poster child" for a WVU offensive lineman, Sills is it. Not the most highly rated or athletic guy on the block, Sills is just the sort of player that typically develops over time and becomes a rock for an offensive line. He brings to mind Ryan Stancheck, another Ohio lineman who built on his naturally aggressive approach to the game to become an anchor on Mountaineer blocking fronts.

Of course, Sills has a long way to go to reach that level, as he'll need work, like most linemen, on hand positioning and footwork. However, if he applies the same drive and intensity to his development process that he displays in game video, he'll have a chance to do just that.

Sills is rated as the #57 guard nationally by Scout.com, and the #3 guard in the state of Ohio.

West Virginia 2016 Football Verbal Commitments


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