Monday, July 18, 2011

Dawg Night Spotlight: John Theus

Friday night's Dawg Night in Athens brought in quite a recruiting haul for Richt and Co. In fact that number of commitments totaled 5 and spanned 3 years and 3 states. If you follow recruting at all, it's pretty apparent that Dawg Night has become one of the most successful recruiting tools for the coaching staff at Georgia.

It gives them the ability to spend some time with some of the most coveted recruits and also gives them an opportunity to hear from some current players about college life, why they chose Georgia, and what they can expect of the day-to-day chores of being a collegiate student-athlete. The recruits also spend some time under the lights in Sanford with video montages of Larry Munson and such while they run through drills. Fish and barrels, you know...

Anyway, I'm sure in five years that none of this will be legal by the NCAA. That sure didn't stop us from landing one of the most coveted recruits in the country for 2012, in Bolles OT John Theus. He's a 6'6 295-pound ginger wrecking machine, who, because of elementary school children's propensity to tease those of the red headed nature, is 500% meaner than the average high school offensive tackle. There's a lot of pent up latent aggression there.

I say all of this to illustrate that Theus possesses the most important quality I consider for an offensive lineman - a mean streak. I want to see a kid finishing his blocks in high school and doing it with authority, especially when he's 30 pounds heavier and 4 inches taller than the kid he's head-up on. It's pretty easy to see that Theus has this going for him.

As far as other things go, Theus is ranked as the #2 OT overall by Rivals.com for a number of other reasons, including, but not limited to:
  • Agility -- He has great feet for a guy of any size, much less 6'6 and almost 300.
  • Speed -- Moves well and can get around the field very well.
  • Size -- Like I said, he already has the size to play in the SEC
  • Run Blocking -- Dominant drive blocker at this point. That most likely stems from the mean streak
  • Pad level -- He plays low and has great knee bend. Doesn't look stiff and shows a very low center of gravity.
There, however, is one glaring weakness in Theus' arsenal right now - pass protection. That's a pretty typical comment for most kids in high school. He's basically just overpowering guys right now and driving them into the second level, which is good, but isn't going to happen very much in the college game. With time and some practice this will come around, as he has all of the necessary traits to be very good here as well.

So now that you know what Mark Richt got with Theus' commitment, take a look at some video of the kid in action.

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