School: Riverside Community College (JC) of Riverside, CA
Position: Offensive Tackle
Vitals: 6’6″, 295 lbs
- 247 Sports: #24 (JC OT)
Other Offers of Interest: Idaho, Ohio U, UCLA
Best Attributes: Strength, Physical
Prediction & How He Improves Cougars in 2013:
The Cougs led the entire NCAA FBS division in sacks allowed in 2012. It was so bad, that neither Conner Halliday or Jeff Tuel could stay upright or fully healthy throughout the season. That health included from-the-neck-up illness, which is to say that both quarterbacks suffered from not being able to trust protection enough to stand in and deliver a pass consistently.
Seydel brings the element of a physical presence to the O-line and should shore up a major issue at right or left tackle. When looking at his highlights, I’m not altogether sure he is your typical “blind side” protector. I think he’ll fit in on the right side, probably moving Jake Rodgers inside to Guard, where I think he is more apt to succeed.
Rodgers really struggled out on the island of tackle with the wide splits because he wasn’t quick-footed enough to handle the speed of Pac-12 D-Ends. Seydel, meanwhile, brings quick feet and ability to control a smaller opponent to the table. Whichever quarterback ends up taking snaps, they should feel much more comfortable in the pocket with this kid stepping in.
All Coug’d Up Recruit Grade (out of 5): 4