2015 Intro: Kevin Estes

With the University of Wisconsin welcoming its 2015 recruiting class to campus this week, BadgerNation looks at the new Badgers joining the program, like San Marcos (CA) High offensive lineman Kevin Estes.

Commitment Date: 8/15/14

Accolades: Kevin Estes played for San Marcos High School … ranked as the No. 6 offensive tackle in California, No. 10 in the West and No. 55 in the country by Scout.com … named California Division III all-state by MaxPreps … first-team all-state selection by Cal-Hi Sports … first-team All-California Interscholastic Federation … also named All-San Diego Section … helped San Marcos average 199.8 passing yards and 133.6 rushing yards per game in 2014 … two-year team captain … also lettered in basketball.

Recruiting Competition: Estes committed to Wisconsin over offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, BYU, California, Colorado State, Duke, Miami (FL), Nevada, Oregon State, San Diego State, San Jose State, Utah and Washington State.

Why Wisconsin? “It was a big deal for me and my family and I was honored. Wisconsin is known as ‘O-Line U’ so that meant a lot.”

Scouting Report: 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 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 well-built 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.

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.

BadgerNation Prediction: The Badgers scored big in landing Estes and once again succeeded in California, something Wisconsin has continued with defensive coordinator Dave Aranda. Estes may not have the rating or the national fanfare of some other linemen, but that's simply because we haven't had a chance to see and evaluate him as much. He has a huge upside with his combination of length and feet, and assuming he can stay healthy and play with the same mean streak and nastiness in college that he showed in high school, the sky is really the limit for him.


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