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: 2 Star (5.4)
PROJECTED FINAL RIVALS RANKING: 3 Star (5.6)
HT: 6′ 3″
POS: Offensive Line
HOMETOWN: Plano, Texas
OTHER OFFERS: Air Force, Arkansas St, LA Monroe , Memphis, New Mexico, North Texas
CHANCE OF BEING A BEAVER: 90%
Position The Official Candy Report Sees this player at: Offensive Guard
What Beaver this player reminds us of: Roy Schuening, Josh Mitchell
– Super aggressive, violent in his attack
– Tries to punish opponents
– Explosive first step
– Keeps good pad level and uses his hands to get under the shoulder pads of his opponents
– Never quits on a block
– Good hips and leg strength
– Athletic enough to get to the second level and find someone to block
– Covers defenders well with his feet on pass blocks and reach blocks
– Very athletic on pulls, delivers a punishing blow
– Drives through the defender on cut blocks, doesn’t just dive on the ground.
– Feet can die on contact from time to time
– So aggressive, he can get into penalty situations in college
– Sometimes gets his hands outside the shoulder pads
– Has a tendency to hold in stalemates
Beau Hott is just what the doctors ordered for the Beavers right now. He is an aggressive, hyper competitive lineman from Plano, Texas that gets the ball rolling in a good way for this recruiting cycle. After only taking two offensive linemen two years ago, and four last year, OSU can probably manage to take three or four this year as well. Beau is a solid interior lineman who has all sorts of nasty in the way he plays.
The biggest strengths i see with Beau is that he is athletic enough to pull and get up field without slowing the play down, while also being incredibly physical at the point of attack. Time after time you see him pull in a hurry and then blow up the guy he is blocking. Whether it is a lineman that has just come across the line of scrimmage or if he cuts up and acts as lead blocker in the secondary, Beau gets the job done. Another strength of his is that he covers defenders with his feet in pass protection. He does a good job of not getting behind them or reaching on plays. At 270, Hott will probably need to put a few pounds on to play Pac 12 ball, but he has the physical tools and body to hold more weight without losing a ton of quickness.
The real negatives I see with Hott are some of the details of blocking. He gets his hands outside the pads at times, can lose his leg drive on contact and tends to latch on and hold in stalemates or doesn’t reset his hands when the defender gets away from him. Many of those items can lead to penalties and will need to be addressed. They are also all correctable with work, he just needs to continue to work on his technique to see the field early in his career at OSU.
I think Hott has a ton of upside like Mitchell did, and he seems to have the attitude and mindset that Cav covets. I really think he will end up being like a Roy Schuening for us. He has room to grow, but he has the attitude and work ethic to make those changes. He also has the frame to really add muscle to. His first two years will be solid indicators of his ability to shoot up the charts. He will make practice fun to watch, in the same way Dylan Wynn does.
Silly Shot In The Dark Guess
My silly, shot-in-the dark guess is that when Hott comes to Oregon State, he has the potential to be a 2-year starter at Offensive Guard. A redshirt year will go a long way for Hott so he can spend time with Coach Miller and Coach Cav refining his technique and improving his hand positioning and leg drive. I can see him being in the two deep as a redshirt sophomore and with the three interior linemen graduating in the next three years he could see the field far sooner than I am projecting.