Ole Miss football and offensive line coach Jack Bicknell have been awfully busy this Spring and Summer, receiving commitments from several key targets on the offensive line. The Rebels have enjoyed tremendous success, snagging some big commitments over the past several weeks, literally and figuratively.
And now the Summer theme continues with the verbal commitment of three-star offensive tackle Caleb Etienne, a Louisiana native and Warren Easton Senior High School prospect. The 20th commit of the 2019 class is rated as the country’s No. 29th offensive guard in the country but with that frame and length, me thinks he will be on the end of the line before it is all said and done.
Jack Bicknell and linebackers coach Jon Sumrall were able to beat out offers from Kansas, Oregon, Oregon State, and Tennessee among others. The 24th-ranked player in Louisiana had himself a day in Oxford earlier this Summer working out for the coaches and it was clearly enough for them to offer on the spot and eventually win his recruitment.
The most important thing about picking up Etienne is that in the last two classes COMBINED, Ole Miss has only signed four offensive linemen.
How does he fit in?
Etienne stands 6’6 and tips the scales at 306-pounds. Large kid indeed. Despite a bit stiff and raw with his mechanics, he has yet to really grow into his frame and you can see that on film. If he doesn’t meet his potential, I could see him staying inside and being a mauler on inside runs and zone read plays. But the frame is certainly there for him to be a left or right tackle if he progresses.
Physically, he is humongous and with that, once he gets his paws on you you’re toast. But, he will need to learn to bend a little more, improve his kick slides in pass protection, and really drive those feet at the point of attack. Alas, the point remains, Caleb is HUGE and will benefit greatly from another year of prep ball, camping with coaches, and getting to Oxford and meeting Mr. Paul Jackson.
Y’all wanted a run game, well the staff and Matt Luke heard you loud and clear and are beefing up the line for years to come.