- Brandon Chatmon, ESPN Staff Writer
Leading up to signing day, 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 Josiah St. John (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley Community College) | 6-foot-7, 300 pounds
Committed: Dec. 19, 2012
ESPN.com grade: 83
ESPN.com rankings: No. 6 in ESPN JC 100
Picked OU over: Kansas, Baylor, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and others.
State of the position: OU is looking to amp up the competition to replace Lane Johnson at left tackle. Junior Tyrus Thompson returns after starting several games in 2012 but will have to hold off St. John to secure a starting spot. In addition, OU prefers to rotate its tackles so the opportunity to play is wide open.
Pros: “St. John is a big prospect with good ability. He can use further refinement and development in areas, but demonstrates the natural tools to come in produce as a starter if needed while still possessing further upside.” - ESPN scouting report
Cons: “He needs to work to play with better pad level on a more consistent basis.” - ESPN scouting report
Similar to/potential role: Thompson. Ideally, St. John will show the ability to be a swing tackle like Thompson and give OU more options up front.
Expected impact: 2013. OU didn’t battle to secure him out of the junior college ranks to watch this fall. He should play some kind of role for the Sooners in 2013 even if he doesn’t earn a starting spot.
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