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    Default Analysis: Indiana OT Martes Lewis commits to the Gophers

    The Gophers have received a commitment from Merrillville, Ind. offensive tackle Martes Lewis. He chose Minnesota over offers from Cincinnati, Indiana, Ball State, Central Michigan, Illinois State and others. The 6-foot-7, 320-pound offensive tackle was a top target for the coaching staff and recently took a visit to campus. Lewis, a three-star prospect, becomes the third offensive linemen to commit in the 2020 class. He didn't receive many offers until recently, but is starting to gain momentum.

    Lewis is still fundamentally raw, but possesses the movement skills and frame to contribute in the future. He flourished most in the running game and frequently down blocked to open lanes and seal the edge. His pad level has a tendency to get tall, however, when he gets inside hand position and a wide base, he has the strength to lock up opposing defensive linemen. Lewis will need refinement with his pass protection sets and that will come with additional snaps/coaching. His traits align with players Minnesota valued in the past within their blocking scheme.

    Lewis also recently advanced to state in shot put, finishing second with a 55' 4.25" throw.

    The Gophers now have 17 total commitments in the 2020 class, which currently ranks No. 25 nationally (No. 5 in the Big Ten), according to 24/7 Sports.



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    I like guys who are "throwers" in track. Shotput and discus teach you footwork, balance and explosion - all qualities that suit an offensive lineman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by short ornery norwegian View Post
    I like guys who are "throwers" in track. Shotput and discus teach you footwork, balance and explosion - all qualities that suit an offensive lineman.
    Very true meaning very teachable. He'll do great!

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    I get nervous about project / taking a chance on fast growth guys, but we have had an OL who worked out just fine doing that lately.

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    You can’t teach that size. Welcome aboard!

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    He has time to develop behind Faalale
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    Default Analysis: Indiana OT Martes Lewis commits to the Gophers

    Three offensive tackles who played for Fleck at W. Michigan have been drafted in the NFL over the past three years, so he and his staff have a good track record here. One was a two-star and the other two were three-stars. Okorafor had some big time offers. Iím not sure how Fleck pulled that one off.

    EDIT: I had to go back 36 years to find three Gopher OTs who were drafted.

    2002 - Matt Anderle
    1990 - Jon Melander
    1983 - Todd Hallstrom


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    Didn't we have a guy go to Denver as a center I believe? Perhaps he wasn't drafted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by #2Gopher View Post
    Didn't we have a guy go to Denver as a center I believe? Perhaps he wasn't drafted.
    Greg Eslinger - 6th round pick, but he was a center, not an OT

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    After two more years Faalele will go in the first 2 rounds. Dunlap will be drafted too.

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    Interesting. They obviously love the really big, athletic, raw, coachable guys.

    To me, this is more evidence that we're going to pound our opponents into submission. Somewhere, Bronko is smiling.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RememberMurray View Post
    Interesting. They obviously love the really big, athletic, raw, coachable guys.

    To me, this is more evidence that we're going to pound our opponents into submission. Somewhere, Bronko is smiling.
    Yep. Just like the Purdue, Wisconsin and Georgia Tech games. P.J. loves pounding the ball and eating clock. Thatís what he did very successfully at W. Michigan once they built a decent lead.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PitinoFan View Post
    Yep. Just like the Purdue, Wisconsin and Georgia Tech games. P.J. loves pounding the ball and eating clock. That’s what he did very successfully at W. Michigan once they built a decent lead.


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    I misread part of that comment ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by A_Slab_of_Bacon View Post
    I misread part of that comment ....
    LOL!


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    Quote Originally Posted by PitinoFan View Post
    LOL!


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