Everybody knew Joe Otting was going to train at Notre Dame for their lineman camp and if he ticked the boxes he needed then the Irish were going to push to land him.
I think we can say that the boxes have been checked.
Otting is a violent football player and a superior athlete for an inside offensive lineman. He’s one of my favorite Notre Dame goals this cycle and I love this pick-up for the Irish.
Projected position: guard or center
DSI class: 90 (4 stars)
National average score: 87.2 (4 stars)
What it does best:
The kind of contraction he has on the ball as an offensive lineman is rare. He is exceptionally quick to snap.
Otting is a freight train as a puller. It hits people on contact.
He’s so nimble for a big man and excels at reaching the second tier. He has the potential to be a huge weapon on screens when asked to block in space and on the pitch.
Although he isn’t asked much to pass the block, this play is a great example of how he is able to disengage his initial block and take the blitzer. It shows great awareness.
What it needs to improve:
Obviously, he is someone who will have to mature physically and gain weight. I guess any questions Our Lady might have had with it were answered when they got to see it up close and personal at camp. It should also be much easier once he only focuses on football.
He’s inexperienced in pass protection and it will be an adjustment, but anyone who’s seen him play basketball knows he can move really well. He has the feet to excel in this part of the game.
What is its ceiling?
I think Otting’s ceiling is very high. The only reason I haven’t ranked him higher than me is because of the competition he faces and the development he needs to do physically.
I like that he is a multi-position player (9 sacks in defense) and that he is a multi-sport athlete (basketball and track). When I watch Otting, he reminds me of former Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum with the way he moves after the snap and the leverage he plays with.
I kept thinking that if he didn’t end up at Notre Dame, he’d probably become an All-Big Ten performer for the Hawkeyes. Too bad for Iowa that didn’t happen and great for the Irish who just landed a very underrated prospect.
Who could it be:
Tyler Linderbaum, former OL player from Iowa
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