So a couple days ago I saw 247sports’ Hokie writer Evan Watkins sneak in a crystal ball for an unranked offensive tackle. Usually that means something is going on. Another couple ticks went off when both other 247 writers, Matej Sis and Sean Levy, put in as well. By the time the fourth CB went in, it was already getting late- and this was only a few days later.
Well, welcome to the class of 2017, Christian Darrisaw. Darrisaw is a Marylander, and has offers from…Central Connecticut State, North Carolina Central, and Morgan State. IE, we’re his only Power 5 offer. Now, he is teammates with big-time target Tariq Castro-Fields, so that could play into this, but his frame seems to me like he could be made into a good tackle. Let’s check the tape to make sure.
Christian Darrisaw (Upper Marlboro, MD. 6’-5”, ~290lbs. Offensive Tackle)
Okay, I like his upper body strength. He just pushes people over. He’s not going to be able to do that full time in college, of course, but he does a god job of locking up and keeping the rusher in front of him- either engaged in a fight or just by shoving him to the dirt. He angles out to the rush alright, but he’s going to need to learn a wider stance in two points in college- probably an angled one at that. He’s athletic ENOUGH to get to the next level/linebackers in high school, but again, we’ll see how that works out at the college level. He’s another project player for the offensive line, but there’s not exactly a need for a freshman to start immediately, so that’s fine. All offensive linemen need time and experience anyhow. Stick him with a redshirt and toss him into a weight room and have him work on technique. Quarterbacks and offensive linemen are the hardest to project, so a good lineman can come from almost anywhere. He joins Lecitus Smith, Silas Dzansi (who signed his NLI after prepping at FUMA, by the way; he’ll be here in the spring), and Aiden Brown as the fourth offensive linemen in this group.
Welcome to the class of 2017, Christian! Go Hokies!