Profile: Kevin Estes
Position: Offensive Lineman
Location: San Marcos (Calif.)
Weight: 270 pounds
Recruiting: Estes took summer visits to Arizona and Arizona State while checking out Duke, Oregon and California over the spring. He committed to the Badgers sight unseen saying he liked Wisconsin's combination of athletics, academics and reputation for producing outstanding offensive linemen. The tackle did a nice job of playing things close to the vest and never mentioned even having a short list of favorites but Wisconsin was always one of the first schools out of his month and definitely did great job making him a priority since the spring.
What to Like: The first thing that jumps out with Estes is his athleticism. When you watch his tape, there are times you'll see the big tackle 50 yards down the field making a block on a safety or corner. His ability to get out and run and play in space makes him very unique and he could be the most athletic tackle in the state. He has an ideal tackle frame as well, long, lean with plenty of room to add more size. He's a well built 6-foot-5, 270 pounds and should easily be able to carry another 30 pounds or so without losing any of his athleticism. He's an advanced pass blocker who can shuffle his feet and has excellent lateral mobility but is strong as a run blocker as well, using leverage and a quick get off to win at the point of attack.
Areas for concern: There really aren't too many things Estes is lacking as a next level prospect. He didn't attend any of the big spring/summer NIKE Camps, which is unfortunate because it would have given him an opportunity to compete against the best of the best. If you wanted to nitpick with Estes, you could say San Marcos didn't exactly play against a lot of teams with top level defensive lines so he was rarely tested against similar size. Still with his work ethic off the field and his high level motor on it, Estes should make a smooth transition to the college level.
Overall Analysis: The Badgers scored big in landing Estes and are putting together a very good OL class. They're recruiting California very hard and it's definitely paying off. Estes may not have the rating or the national fanfare of some other lineman but that's simply because we haven't had a chance to see and evaluate him as much. He has a huge upside to him with his combination of length and feet and assuming he can stay healthy and plays with the same mean streak and nastiness in college that he shows in H.S, the sky is really the limit for him as a player.