Once Casey Roddick graduates from Ventura, Calif., St. Bonaventure, the Seraphs won’t have to look far to find their next best defensive line punisher.
Roddick’s top line replacement resides on the opposite side of the highly-recruited left tackle: Class of 2018 right tackle Tyler Ostrom, a junior who head coach Adam Guerra said has been “killing it this year.”
During the first month of the Seraphs’ season, the 6-foot-3, 260-pound Ostrom accounted for 18 pancake blocks. If Seraph running back Chuck Wick wasn’t running up Roddick’s side, he would burst through an open running lane that was created by the massive arms and powerful blocking of Ostrom.
Does Ostrom believe that his recruiting process will look similar to Roddick’s down the road? One that saw his 6-foot-4, 342-pound teammate rack up nine scholarship offers?
“I hope so. I don’t want to be cocky or anything, but I hope to be the next recruited lineman (at St. Bonaventure),” Ostrom told Scout.
Ostrom hasn’t had a college coach verbally tell him that he’s been offered a scholarship yet, nor has he started to receive an influx of letters that indicates he’s on a college program’s radar. But he told Scout that he has had recent conversations with two Pac-12 assistants in Colorado's Gary Bernadi (tight ends and fullbacks) and UCLA's Adrian Klemm (offensive line).
His top advisor on the recruiting trail, plus one of his fiery inspirations who won’t hesitate to get in Ostrom’s ear, is Roddick.
“The biggest thing he teaches me is physicality; he’s a big kid, he’s physical and he gets after it. He’s taught me the best,” Ostrom said. “I love Casey and I want nothing but the best for him. He’s a great lineman and I can’t wait to see what he does at the next level.”
While the sun starts to set on Roddick’s prep career, Ostrom is already thinking of ways to become a better lineman, as St. Bonaventure has already looked to him as the next top trench standout and Ostrom himself is looking to carry on with Bonnie’s tradition of winning and sending players to the college football ranks.
“I want to work on my aggressiveness, my footwork and try to get bigger. I hope to grow a few more inches and add a few more pounds,” Ostrom said. “When St. Bonaventure comes to mind, I think of a brotherhood, a team and how we’re real close. It’s not a big school, but we get it done.”