To gear up for 2013 national signing day, GeauxTigerNation's Gary Laney will break down every commitment in the Tigers' 2013 recruiting class.
Vitals: Offensive tackle Ethan Pocic, Lemont, Ill./Lemont, 6-foot-6, 285 pounds
ESPN Grade: 84 (4-star prospect)
Committed: May 29, 2012
Picked LSU over: Big 10 powers like Michigan and Ohio State and SEC rivals like Alabama and Tennessee
State of the position: LSU was on schedule to lose two starters at OT after the 2011 season with senior Alex Hurst departing at right tackle and junior left tackle Chris Faulk figuring to leave after his junior year for the NFL. But with Faulk missing almost the entire 2011 season with a knee injury and with Hurst leaving the team at midseason, replaced by freshman Vadal Alexander, the Tigers now look to have two starters back. With Faulk coming off an injury and perhaps looking to leave for the pros after one more year, Pocic won't have to wait long to compete for playing time.
Pros: Pocic is a prototype for the tackle position. He's tall and long limbed and, according to ESPN's scouting report, has the agility to play on the edge. He's also shown a mean streak that allows him to finish blocks with authority. With his length and tenacity, Pocic appears to have excellent potential to be a good SEC lineman.
Cons: He will come to LSU as a young player who could use some time in Tommy Moffitt's strength and conditioning program to get up to SEC-level strength. Scouting reports say he played in a run-oriented offense in high school, which means he'll have work to do to become proficient at pass blocking at the college level. Like all tall players who are physically superior enough to dominate high school competition, he's going to have to discipline himself to play with a consistently low pad level. In high school, he may be able to control his man while coming off the ball too high. That won't happen in the SEC.
Similar to/potential role: Pocic has the length and body type that recalls Hurst. It'll be interesting to see if Pocic truly has the agility and footwork to block SEC speed rushers at left tackle or if Alexander eventually moves to the left side, allowing Pocic to compete for time on the right side of the line.