Sunday, June 5, 2011

2011 Countdown: #85 Chris Rock

Chris Rock
Name: Chris Rock
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 250 lbs.
High school: St. Francis DeSales High School in Columbus, OH
Position: Defensive end
Class: Freshman
Jersey number: #95
Last year: Rock was a high school senior (commitment post here)

TTB Rating: 58

As you can tell from Rock's commitment post, I'm not especially high on Rock.  He's essentially a wild card, because I think he has pretty poor technique.  There are things on virtually every play I've seen that concern me (mostly playing too high).  But he's 6'5", probably weighs more than 250 now, and can run a little bit.  Some of the physical attributes are there, but he's not a high-caliber natural athlete.  If he wants to be good, he's going to have to work - hard.

Rock is probably a little weak to play this season, and he's not enough of an athlete to help much on coverage units.  He should find a niche eventually as a strongside end or even a 3-tech defensive tackle if he puts on enough weight, but that might be a few years down the road.

Prediction: Redshirt

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  1. I can't believe that Dantonio, Pelini, Rodrequez, Harbaugh, Spaziani, Bielema and Kelly (Brian and Chip) are all wrong about this guy.

  2. @ Gorgonzola 9:06 a.m.

    You never know...

  3. I suspect he was more of an RR recruit than someone Hoke would have targeted. It looks like he will need time to develop, but he will not have that luxury because the following class will be stocked with DL. I think his best shot is to bulk up considerable and try for the 3-technique.

    In retrospect, it is looking like Hoke may have been better off banking a few of his scholarships last year and re-considering some of the legacy commitments. Of course, pulling a kids scholarship at the last minute is not great PR.

  4. Rock's offer list is more impressive than any of the 2012 DL recruits.

  5. Good point about the offer lists and then what you see on film. If he's just an SOB on the field when "engaged" then the staff probably knows that they have to bring out the beast. I do also agree that Hoke might have just been kind with the offers that he inherited. He also didn't know that he was going to have the spring he is having on the trail so he felt better just honoring those that had already been offered as apposed to creating a huge gap in that year.