All reviews are just MY OPINION, and need to be taken as such. The coaches know more than me, understand the team’s needs better than I do and most likely differ with my opinions. I am just doing this for fun.
CURRENT RIVALS RANKING: 3 Star (5.6)
PROJECTED FINAL RIVALS RANKING: 3 Star (5.7)
HT: 6′ 4″
POS: Offensive Tackle, Offensive Guard
HOMETOWN: Gilbert, Arizona
OTHER OFFERS: Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Colorado, Kansas State, Nevada, ducks
CHANCE OF BEING A BEAVER: 40%
Position The Official Candy Report Sees this player at: Offensive Guard
What Beaver this player reminds us of: Roy Schuening, Jason White
– Extremely strong and physical
– Powerful punch, knocking people to the ground
– Violent approach to blocking, roots out defenders and gets them on their heels
– Uses strength to bring defenders up to his level
– Very athletic on pulls and in space
– Plus pass blocking technique
– Does an exceptional on combo blocks, punching double and then sliding into second level player.
– Snap to whistle every play, maintains blocks
– Sometimes has an ambiguous first step
– Plays with a high pad level
– Feet stop at times on contact
Cade Cote is the second half of what I am calling the “Bash Brothers”. Like Fred Ulu-Perry, Cade has a very violent and physical style of play. He is obviously very strong and I tend to believe his Rivals profile lifting stats (355 bench, 495 squat) are accurate. Cote punishes his targets and in many cases just drives them off their feet and into the ground. More than 3/4 of his Junior highlight film shows him lifting defenders off their feet and onto their heels as he drives them back tens of yards or directly into the dirt.
While at times, Cade seems to block straight up and down, he is strong enough to bring the people he is blocking up with him. When he goes to the next level, he will have to work on that pad level as he is going to be playing against guys that are the same size and same nasty as him. I also noticed that there are times where Cade hits a guy, and there is a pause until he can bench press them up and back. While he has a great punch, he doesn’t always bring it on contact and his feet can die a little bit forcing him to muscle defenders where he wants them. That is also something he will have to work on at the next level, but that is why guys like Coach Cav get paid the medium to large bucks.
I do love that Cade plays in a passing offense where he has a lot of film on his pass protection technique. While i never saw him go against a speed guy like he will see at the Pac-12, I do think he is athletic enough and has quick enough feet to get used to that, and can certainly handle the 3 technique guys he will go against if he slides inside to guard like I think he will. His drop at tackle was very good and his hand placement inside the pads was devastating to the defenders he went against.
While I feel like Cade is a little raw, there is no denying his power, his tenacity and his ferociousness in his blocks. If you watch what he does to the linebacker at the 1:14 point of the highlight film, you can see not only how well he moves in a pulling situation but also how destructive he can be on contact. To me, Cade is a must have on the line. If Cav can find a way to get Hanson, Lucas, Ulu-Perry and Cote in this class, it will be the best class since 2011. Cote has the intangibles and mental demeanor that Cav loves as well as a frame that can get bigger and stronger. I could easily see him playing at 310 and forcing defenders to wear their brown pants so that no one knows how scared they are.
One last note on these linemen the Beavers are offering: The difference between Cote and a guy like Hanson or Ulu-Perry is minimal, but what he does represent is another player in the conscious effort of this staff to improve the running game. The five players I have reviewed so far are all very, very physical and all have great leg drive, great hips and great upper body strength to help blow holes in the line. As Oregon State continues to evolve to meet the challenges of modern college football, you can see what the Beavers have been after since 2011. Big bodies that can move and are physical. If they have the gumption to put in the work and listen to Cav in terms of technique, these guys are all looking at potential NFL careers if they come to Oregon State.
Of course if they go elsewhere, their true potential will never be tapped. Or at least that is what I tell people.
Silly Shot In The Dark Guess
My silly, shot-in-the dark guess is that should Cote come to Oregon State, he has the potential to be a 2-year starter at Offensive Guard, and will probably be in the two deep by his sophomore year. I think he could use a redshirt year to learn the offense and refine his technique so he can use his aggression effectively within the Beaver offensive scheme. Of all the guys I have reviewed, I think he has the most to work on technique wise, but I also think that physically he might be the most ready. So if he picks up the offense and the techniques quickly, he could be on the field far sooner than the 2 year prediction I have made.