Name: Andrew Sprague
High school: Kansas City (MO) Rockhurst
Weight: 290 lbs.
Position: Offensive tackle
Offers: Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Boston College, Cincinnati, Colorado, Duke, Illinois, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon, Penn State, Purdue, Stanford, Texas A&M, UNLV, USC, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin
Notes: ESPN 4-star, #15 OT, #220 overall, #5 in MO…On3 4-star, #14 OT, #142 overall, #4 in MO…Rivals 4-star, #17 OT, #225 overall, #9 in MO…247 Sports 4-star, #12 OT, #133 overall, #4 in MO
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Strengths: Elite height and length for the tackle position . . . Quick feet with ability to shuffle and mirror pass rushers . . . Solid run blocker with aggressive finish . . . Good flat puller because of speed and overall athleticism . . . Does a nice job of changing directions and adjusting on combo blocks . . . Shows quick feet on reach blocks and ability to work hips around to playside
Weaknesses: Questionable initial footwork . . . Kick step is virtually non-existent . . . First step in pass pro is so slow that some edge rushers may get into his body before his first step gets in the ground . . . Tends to open up and give rushers his chest . . . Initial stance is too high and straight-legged . . . Needs to keep butt lower with more bend in knees . . . Needs to work on playing through the whistle . . . Has a tendency to occasionally watch instead of finishing plays . . . Lacks firm punch in pass protections . . . Tends to hop on “skip pulls” rather than using proper footwork/technique . . . Also hops a little too much in pass protection
Overall: Sprague is an excellent tackle – specifically left tackle – prospect who has a lot of technical work to do. Playing basketball has probably taken some time away from his development, but once he focuses on the football side to clean up his technique, he should be a very good player. He is someone I would look to as a year two or year three player.
Projection: Power Five all-conference starter. He has everything teams are looking for in a tackle when it comes to athleticism, and he will have NFL size (bulk) by the time he’s done in college.
Reminds me of: Some people might not like this, but he has a Taylor Lewan level of both rawness and athleticism. Lewan was tall but spent a lot of time in high school playing defensive end – and was even recruited by some schools as a defensive player – before settling in at left tackle. Lewan had/has some issues with his attitude, but there’s a comparison to be made here for the player on the field.
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