The commitment of Hamilton (GA) Harris County offensive lineman Tyler McGarr surprised many on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-4, 275-pound future center/guard camped with the Bearcats in July and showed enough future potential to earn an offer from the Cincinnati staff that he accepted on Wednesday.
WHAT TO LIKE
McGarr is a high school tackle who does a solid job of setting up his base with the ability to move laterally. He already has the physical size to compete early in his career at around 275-pounds. A move to center or guard will be his future at the college level as he lacks the length you want from a tackle.
WHAT ARE THE CONCERNS
McGarr is a project but one the Bearcats coaching staff was able to work with in camp. While his camp performance didn’t blow you away, he showed enough potential for the staff to take a chance on in a class looking to take five offensive linemen. While McGarr does a solid job of setting up his base, he at times gets too high, loses his balance and shows a lack of explosion from the hips in delivering a blow to a defender. Most of these issues are a lack of technique and can be corrected at the college level.
As a projected center, McGarr should be considered a project when he arrives on campus. However, it should not take him long to pick up the small techniques needed to take his game up a notch and we wouldn’t be surprised to see him pushing to get in the two-deep rotation during his second year in the program. Adjustments will be needed to make the move from tackle to center as you become more responsible for line calls plus adding the snap out of the shotgun or when a quarterback goes under center to your overall technique. This is one you have to trust the Bearcats coaching staff feels they found a diamond in the rough they can polish and make into a top level lineman.