A belated SotS that may have been foreboding with the benefit of hindsight. Or was it?
Whatever the case, MOAR LINEMEN GUYS PLZ.
Dayton (OH) Centerville HS offensive linemen Jared Weyler committed to the Gophers on January 27th, jumping on the opportunity to play in the Big Ten. A long time Bowling Green pledge, Weyler flipped to Minnesota shortly after receiving an offer and taking an official visit to Dinkytown on the 24th.
Jared is rated as a 3 star prospect according to 247Sports' Industry Composite and listed offers from Miami-Ohio, Akron, Air Force, Ball State, Buffalo, Middle Tennessee, Ohio and Toledo. Weyler is the 3rd offensive line commitment for the Gophers in the 2014 cycle and 3rd Ohio recruit.
Gopher247's Kyle Goblirsch with a commitment article ($):
"It feels awesome to announce I’m a Gopher. It’s been a long ride, but I ended up at a great place. The future looks awesome and going to be bright. ... It’s incredible. Absolutely incredible. It’s an opportunity in life that you only get once. An opportunity that not a lot of people get. I’m truly humbled and blessed for this opportunity to play for the University of Minnesota and be a Golden Gopher."
ESPNU Evaluation ($):
Weyler has a nice blend of height and size for the offensive line. His length will be an asset at the next level once he gains experience as a pass protector. Flashes good playing strength but mostly over powers current level of competition with his size and positioning. Is more productive blocking everything in front of him; shows some stiffness both in the hips and ankles when moving in space.
(Likely Fraudulent) Measurables
Weight: 266-280 lbs.
Fake 40 Time: NULL linemen don't run 40 yards
Senior Year (all QB highlights), via Hudl.
I'm not going to mention that thing about that kid that happened. Nope.
So, Weyler is a nice pick-up in my eyes. He's tall, has a wide base and plays with a nasty attitude. Jared moves his feet well and shows an ability to get out in space and hook linebackers. I didn't see much in the way of pulling from his tape, so the staff will have to determine his ability to get out and move in space once he arrives on campus. At this stage in his development, Weyler is a line up and maul the guy in front of you type tackle prospect. Minnesota tends to do well with these sort of recruits.
Jared feels like the type of recruit that MAC-level schools try to hold on to and keep secret, hoping a larger program doesn't come and poach them at the last minute. Weyler has the frame and finishing temperament you want out of an offensive linemen, one that simply needs a few years of S&C development to bring up to Big Ten size. In a few years, Weyler could be a solid contributor to the offensive line depth at either right tackle or guard depending on how he responds to Coach Klein's program.