There were 5 commitments in the Mountain West last week. I’ll get to the point. Let’s look at each of them on their film to see what kind of players they may end up being in college and hear from a few of them as they discuss why they made a verbal commitment.
Moa Heimuli: UNLV
Why did he chose the Running Rebels?
“I just like it out there ! Haha they have got good coaches and I feel like it's the best choice for me! The coaches have showed me great support since day one and they always keep in contact with me to see how I’m doing. I’ll be playing DT and they really like how I play gap sound football.”
Moa appears to have great athleticism and speed on the interior of the defensive line. Lining up mostly at Nose Tackle, he is quick off the snap and fights off one, two, sometimes three blocks to make a play. He displays a high motor, not giving up on plays, gets off his blocks pretty well and consistently finishes his tackles. UNLV, like most middle of the conference teams, needs to find players who are the hallmark of consistency to plug in to spots and pencil in as 2-4 year starters. Heimuli could be one of those players for them.
Jamie Navarro: SJSU
Why did he want to play for the Spartans?
“Coach Bernardi, the offensive line coach, showed constant effort to get to know me and establish himself throughout the whole process. The whole young coaching staff welcomed me. I’m also attracted by the new generation of this team under Coach Brennan and look forward to being apart of a great growing young team. I am also very attracted by the area, San Jose, the whole bay area is a beautiful place where I immediately fell in love once I’ve visited. I believe the school will provide me great opportunities to figure out the career path that I will want to take that I will truly enjoy. They are going to plug me in somewhere on the interior of the offensive line.”
The first thing that jumps out about Navarro on tape is he is not afraid to find somebody to hit. He brings a physical presence, a bit of a nasty factor. There are times on his tape where he appears to stand up a bit too straight but that is a struggle for many athletes, especially offensive linemen, and should be easily fixable once he gets to college. Jamie is an extremely hard worker and his technique will only keep improving the more reps he gets. The attitude though is what cannot be coached and it’s easy to see on tape that Jamie possesses that, driven to become the best he can be.
Lorenzo Burkes: SJSU
Burkes will give the Spartans something they lack: another playmaker. He makes a habit of making players miss and seems to have a knack for finding the end zone. He looks to be at his best as a one-cut and go type of runner, although he can do more than that. However, he has great size as well in order to handle short yardage running and taking hits between the tackles. It’s hard to imagine a scenario where he doesn’t make an immediate impact for SJSU next season. A really nice pick up for a team that needed one.
Frank Crum: Wyoming
Another offensive line player who opens holes for the skill players and is always looking to make the next block. Appears to do well anywhere on the line, playing both inside and outside on a few plays here. While it is hard to tell, Frank appears to have a high football IQ due to the observation that he seems to know exactly where to go as soon as the ball is snapped. Smart players on the offensive line are essential assets to any team. Crum makes some punishing hits on his film and his frame looks like he can definitely add some weight to it. If he does, he appears to have the potential to be a force in college.
Tim Patrick: Utah State
Tim is a dynamic athlete, and that is probably an understatement. Whether it is Wildcat QB or WR, he is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. While he is a bit undersized, that won’t be exposed in the Mountain West Conference. Instead, he will become the type of player that defenses will key on as he will probably line up in a variety of ways. His speed and quickness as extremely apparent on film, as well as he vision as he keeps his head up and sees the field nicely. A great pickup for a struggling Aggies team.