Recruit Focus: Angelo Garbutt

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Angelo Garbutt

CURRENT RIVALS RANKING: 2 Star (5.3)
PROJECTED FINAL RIVALS RANKING:
3 Star (5.5)
HT: 6′ 2″
WT: 210
POS: Outside Linebacker
HOMETOWN: Carrollton, Texas
OTHER OFFERS: Arkansas State, Louisiana Monroe, Navy. North Texas, Texas St.
CHANCE OF BEING A BEAVER: 90%

Hudl Profile – Private

Position The Official Candy Report Sees this player at: Outside Linebacker
What Beaver this player reminds us of: Michael Doctor, Derrick Doggett

STRENGTHS
– PATIENT and disciplined
– Good side to side speed
– Tenacious tackler
– Manages blockers well, sheds them as needed but also lets them clog holes
– Great five yard explosion off the line
– Great vision into the backfield
– Great use of hands to keep separation from would be blockers
– Very sure tackler

QUESTIONS
– Not a lot of film of pass coverage
– Like the guys I compared him to, he is a bit undersized and will need to work hard to add some pounds to be an every down linebacker

SUMMARY:
There is a lot to like about Angelo Garbutt. First of all, he was someone that Tret Bray was excited about early in the process.  Secondly, he fits the mold of many of the successful Beaver linebackers of the past.  Derrick Doggett, Michael Doctor, Nick Barnett and Keith Ellison were all slightly undersized when they got to Oregon State, but all had the same speed, vision and tenacity that Garbutt has.

While his film is limited, a few things that stand out about him in the few plays I was able to see were his closing speed, his explosion off the snap of the ball and his patience and discipline. Garbutt goes full speed, but not in the wrong direction or past his target.  More than a few times you see him stop, set up and wait for the ball carrier to come to him.  Rather than fall for the first fake or over commit, he breaks down and attacks the runner through their core.

This is especially good against teams with athletic quarterbacks or that run read option plays.  Coincidentally we run into a few of those in the Pac-12.

All these positive characteristics aside, the fact is there really is not much public footage for Angelo out there and definitely not a ton of him in coverage. So it is hard to say what he is really like play in and play out.  What I can say is that the plays I have seen show a very athletic and slightly undersized player that seems to have a knack for staying with players and making tackles in space.

I also have to hope that Coach Bray knows what he is doing because Garbutt was an early offer in this recruiting cycle, so there is something there Bray likes and we have to hope that translates to solid play on the field.

Silly Shot In The Dark Guess
My silly, shot-in-the dark guess is that when Angelo Garbutt comes to Oregon State, he has the potential to be a 2-year starter at Outside Linebackers.  A redshirt year will be very important to help him add a few pounds.  The other side to it is that the Beavers have a lot of youth at linebacker.  While all three potential starters graduate this year, the players behind them will be redshirt sophomores or juniors.  So there will still be a few years before those positions open up for a new face to take over. Unless he is amazing enough to do it!

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