Ed. Note: Apologies for the lack of article Monday. I spent the weekend moving in to a new apartment and spending Valentines' Day Weekend with someone special. Hopefully your weekends were equally productive. I'm now in the midst of a week with no internet (or cable for that matter - this Saturday is as quick as AT&T could get to installing in my new apartment), so I'll be doing my best to use a combo of public and employer internet connections to uphold my obligations to all of you. If I start slacking, please call me out, and I'll make sure to harness those feelings of inadequacy and use them as motivation.
Trey Klock became Georgia Tech's 7th commitment on June 16th, 2013, the first of four commitments in a four day span (including the Austin twins and Qua Searcy). He stands at 6'4", 260 lbs, and hails from Lower Dauphin High School in Hummelstown, PA. He is listed as a tight end by Rivals, though he was recruited to Georgia Tech as an offensive lineman who may end up at defensive lineman. (Speaking of versatility, he also played power forward on his school's basketball team.) He committed to Georgia Tech over offers from Boston College, Connecticut, Rutgers, and Syracuse.
Klock's film shows that he is an extremely physical player, regardless of position. As an OL, he fits a great mold with his size, and in blocking as a tight end he showed really good technique when using his arms. Even with being tall, when he goes against shorter players, he's somehow able to get leverage and really drive guys back. Probably the biggest thing he'll need to get used to is getting low and cut blocking guys off the line of scrimmage, though with his overall athleticism that shouldn't be too big of a hurdle.
Though Klock is listed as a tight end by Rivals and other recruiting sites, he projects as an offensive lineman at Georgia Tech. (In fact, in an interview, he told me that he'll start there, though TE and DL are also an option. That interview, among others, will run after all of these profiles are completed.) He will face a steep learning curve if he is to play offensive line, as he'll have to adjust to being a full-time blocker, with very few opportunities to touch the ball (unless he's on the receiving end of the recently formulated "Beno Pass"). Klock will have a tough time finding a place on the field freshman year, though there is opportunity there if he's motivated enough to earn it. Playing offensive line will actually afford Klock one of the best opportunities to compete, as the OL's struggles last year mean nobody's job is safe moving towards next year.
Klock is rated as a 3-star prospect by Rivals (5.5) and the 247 Composite (.8401).
Is Klock a guy you see playing as a freshman? Are you cool with a high school tight end joining as an offensive tackle? Excited at the potential of using Klock for the "Beno Pass"?