Tale of the Tape: Ethan Adkins

Tale of the Tape: Ethan Adkins

Breaking down tape on one of Colorado's top offensive line prospects, Ethan Adkins of defending state champs Douglas County High School.

Bio: The 2007 class for the state of Colorado, has numerous solid offensive line prospects. Ryan Miller of Columbine, Levi Salmans of Monarch, Shawn Daniels of Mullen and Marcus Felker of Thornton are some of the offensive linemen who will be playing college ball soon. Along with this group, is 6'4 275 pound Ethan Adkins of Douglas County High School.  Next to Ryan Miller of Columbine, Adkins is receiving the most D1 attention of the group. Currently, Adkins has offers from Colorado, Kansas State, Colorado State, Oklahoma State and Wyoming



Position: Offensive left tackle.



Jr. Stats: Adkins was a big part of a Douglas County offense that scored over thirty-eight points a game on the way to a 13-1 state championship season.



Tape Type: Head coach Jeff Ketron of Douglas County High School provided me with almost two hours of tape regarding Ethan.  The tape was not a highlight tape, but rather game footage of Ethan.


Breakdown: For a big kid, Adkins gets off the ball well and shows a solid first step.  A further testament to his agility, is his ability to make blocks at the second level, not only does he reach the linebacker, he makes effective blocks once there and at times even gets to the secondary.  Often times, at the high school level, a lineman will get to the second level but lunge and flail making his efforts ineffective.  Adkins does not have this tendency.  Adkins is a very good drive blocker and consistently maintained lower pad level and leverage against the defensive linemen across from him.  Like most high school offensive linemen, Adkins looks much more comfortable as a run blocker as opposed to a pass blocker.  In pass protection, he will reach and over extend from time to time.  When he does not over extend and gets his hands on the pass rusher he is very solid and maintains a good base and form.  In the film, speed rushers gave him problems at times. This will need to be improved on at the next level.  



Bottom Line: Adkins is a very good high school offensive tackle and deserves the D1 attention he is receiving.  Watching him on tape you can tell he is well coached and sound fundamentally.  At the next level, I feel he projects as a guard or possibly a right tackle.  With additional upper body strength and improved pass blocking technique he will be a solid player for the school of his choice.




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