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State Football Adds Another Commit

June 25, 2009
Defensive tackle prospect Thomas Teal, from Bennettsville, SC

There’s not much on Teal at the moment. Scout has him listed as a one-star prospect, but that typically means they haven’t had a chance to evaluate him.

He’s 6’1″ and a stout 330 lbs., a perfect size for an incoming DT. After a redshirt freshman season of weights and structured diet, he’ll probably shed a few pounds (down to somewhere in the 310 range, I’d guess) but gain a ton of strength and speed.

Here’s some of what the folks at ESPN had to say about him (graded him at a 78, by the way):

Teal is an interesting prospect. He is a big boy who carries a large amount of bulk for his build. On film though he seems to carry his weight well for a kid well over three-hundred pounds. He plays guard on offense and is a solid prospect there, but will likely fit better on defense in college. What initial[sic] jumps out at you about this kid is that for his size he moves pretty darn well. He can get off the ball well and flashes some good quickness at times and you would like to see that be a little more of a consistent thing. With his size he can take on a blocker and hold his ground. He does at times need to watch his pad level.

Sounds to me like a kid with plenty of raw physical talent that has some coaching to do. If O’Brien offered and landed him, I’d be willing to bet he’s a coachable kid that will develop nicely in the future.

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