Each week SoonerNation will take a closer look at the Class of 2013 prospects currently committed to Oklahoma. The in-depth analysis pieces will take a look at the ranking, estimated year of impact and potential role of each future Sooner.
Vitals: Offensive tackle Christian Daimler, Houston/Stratford | 6-foot-6, 270 pounds
Committed: Dec. 19, 2012
ESPN.com grade: 75. Three-star prospect.
ESPN.com rankings: No. 96 offensive tackle, No. 196 in Midlands region, No. 153 in Texas
Picked OU over: Arizona State, Colorado, UNLV, Colorado State and others.
State of the position: The Sooners have some quality young tackles in on the roster in Daryl Williams, Tyrus Thompson and Derek Farniok but they need to start securing the future at the position. Some developmental prospects with upside are needed.
Pros: “Has the size and athleticism for the offensive tackle position at the major level of competition. Lining up in a three point stance we see very good flexibility, agility and balance; shows the ability to play on his feet in space; has tight box mobility and does an excellent job adjusting his feet to open field change of direction movement.” - ESPN scouting report
Cons: “All areas of hand use will need refinement; must work on getting the hands inside on initial punch. Has excellent feet, however, we want to see improved explosion and initial quickness when drive blocking." - ESPN scouting report
Similar to/potential role: Tyrus Thompson. Daimler is a guy who could develop into a swing tackle, who plays right tackle and left tackle, similar to Thompson. His long arms, long frame and quick feet should keep him at the tackle position if he develops.
Expect an impact in: 2014. Daimler needs a redshirt season and is a good prospect to bring into the program next summer. He needs at least a year in the weight room and needs to improve his fundamentals making him a terrific redshirt candidate. Since he has good physical ability, Daimler could be ready to become a rotation player, or even more, in 2014 if he develops quickly.