Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Countdown to Signing Day: Andy Dodd
By Gary Laney
To gear up for 2013 national signing day, GeauxTigerNation's Gary Laney will break down every commitment in the Tigers' 2013 recruiting class.
Vitals: OL Andy Dodd, Lindale, Ga./Pepperell, 6-foot-4, 315 pounds
Committed: July 20
ESPN.com grade: 83. Four-star prospect
Picked LSU over: Alabama, which once had a commitment from him, along with Florida State, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Miami, Mississippi State and South Carolina.
State of the position: Many think Dodd will end up at center, where LSU will loser three-year starter P.J. Lonergan after the bowl. Elliott Porter will be the heir apparent, but it's unclear what LSU will have behind Porter come spring, so there is a real opportunity for Dodd to quickly move up the depth chart in Baton Rouge.
Pros: A good athlete who played tight end before his senior season, Dodd "displays the ability to quickly get out of his stance and into defenders. He shows explosion in the run game and can deliver a good initial pop," according to the ESPN Scouting Report. " He runs his feet and, combined with good toughness and effort, can push defenders off the ball. He has good feet and displays the ability to handle inside quickness as well work to the far number and reach defenders. "
Cons: "He will need further development and refinement in all areas of blocking, but more so in pass protection." -- ESPN scouting report.
Similar to/potential role: Josh Dworaczyk was a good enough athlete as a redshirt freshman at LSU to play tight end in some of the Tigers' short-yardage packages. Dodd has similar athleticism though, unlike Dworaczyk, he'll likely end up at center.
Expected impact: Porter will be a junior when he inherits the starter job from Lonergan next season, meaning Dodd could be on schedule to take over the center job in 2015, which would be either Dodd's redshirt sophomore or true season. If he ends up at offensive guard, he could compete for a job after his true freshman season as LSU would be due to lose potentially two of its top three guards in 2013 senior Josh Williford and junior La'el Collins, who will likely be seen as a pro prospect after next season.