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: 4 Star (5.8)
POS: Offensive Guard
HOMETOWN: Auburn, California
OTHER OFFERS: Arizona, Arizona State, California, Kansas, Nevada, ducks, San Jose State, UCLA, Utah, Washington, Washington State
CHANCE OF BEING A BEAVER: 25%
Position The Official Candy Report Sees this player at: Offensive Guard
What Beaver this player reminds us of: Andy Levitre
– Super athletic with frame to add some solid weight
– Very physical player
– Great techinique, locks on with hands and assaults with his helmet
– Amazing leg drive
– Strong upper body with aggressive and strong hands
– Great at finishing blocks
– Fast enough for pulling and blocking at second level
– Solid reach blocking and is athletic enough to catch up with his feet on blocks
– Aggressive or ‘Nasty’ streak, plays physically through the whistle
– Can OSU sign him?
– Little pass blocking film
Despite being an offensive lineman (i.e. my wheelhouse), I avoided doing a focus on Capra because, honestly, I thought OSU had no shot at him. Despite his rather modest Rivals 3-star ranking, Capra is an elite lineman who will go wherever he wants. Already having offers from 10 Big 5 Schools, Capra is going to be a cornerstone athlete in any class he joins.
Just a few minutes of watching his Junior Highlights, you can see why. Simply put, he dominates his opponents. I don’t know about his level of competition, but you cannot deny his violence at the point of attack, how he blocks through the defender and how he gets them on the ground, usually on their backs or in a crumpled heap. At 6’5″ he has the frame to comfortably hold 300 pounds while not losing his speed and ability to get to the second level. In the new read option scheme OSU will employ, he is the perfect guard because he is either going to pull or drive his defender into the linebackers on a double team.
Watching Jacob, you can see solid training and coaching. He is making contact with his hands, driving his hips and his head into the defender and working to get them on their heels and then on their backs. There are countless plays where he makes contact and there is a stalemate, but then with his size and strength he gets their shoulders up and back or just down and they end up on the ground. I note his hand strength, not because I have seen him do hand exercises at the hand strength olympics, but because he gets movement on defenders after contact. Meaning post punch. That tends to indicate strong hands and forearms as well as general power. He is similar to a Mantis Shrimp in that way.
His film is eerily similar to Fred Ulu-Perry in terms of physicality and domination, a solid 2015 recruit who OSU coveted. Fred went to UCLA unfortunately, but hopefully this new staff and new offensive line coach TJ Woods can make an impact. While he may end up more akin to Gavin Andrews in terms of size and aggression, I compared him to Levitre because of his technique and his potential to be even better than anyone expects. I rarely gush like this over a recruit, but Capra recently visited OSU and thus I think our shots are a smidge better. If he is still talking about us in September and October, I will be doing a dance of joy. Capra is my number one offensive lineman this recruiting cycle, and there are some good ones out there.
Silly Shot In The Dark Guess
My silly, shot-in-the dark guess is that should Jacob Capra come to OSU he has the potential to be a 3-4 year starter. I think he will redshirt as he is right around 270, but I would not be shocked if he jumped up another then or so pounds and was fighting for a starting spot day one. Like Sean Harlow he has the tools and the ability to, and with Andrews and Mitchell graduating after this year, there might be a spot for him.