Chuma Edoga is a top offensive tackle prospect and one of the best players in the class of 2015.
Edoga, out of McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Ga., stands 6'4 and weighs in at 276 pounds. He's speedy for an offensive lineman, running a reported 4.86-second 40-yard dash. As of May, Edoga is rated as a five-star prospect by 247Sports and a four-star by Rivals, Scout and ESPN. The 247Sports Composite, a compilation of data from the four major recruiting services, lists him as the 28th-best player in America, the fourth-best offensive tackle and the fourth-best player from the state of Georgia.
Edoga is receiving interest from many top programs around the country. He currently holds scholarship offers from the likes of USC, Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon and Stanford.
What makes Edoga such a coveted player? Athleticism. Edoga has an acceptable frame. He is a hair shy of 6'4, and while he may be able to play at 300 pounds, he does not have the frame of a tackle who will be playing at 320+ pounds. Questions about his bulk and length will likely be asked throughout his career. Players like this must make up for that with athleticism, quickness and technique. And Edoga certainly does.
Let's take a look at Edoga's Hudl highlight tape.
Edoga has some of the best reactive quickness for an offensive lineman that I have seen at the high school level. He is very light and quick on his feet, able to change direction with small, controlled steps, as well as redirect his momentum. The quickness out of his stance allows him to beat defensive linemen at the point of attack. And his ability to mirror smaller defenders in the open field reduces his "whiff rate."
Edoga wins with quickness in pass protection as well, but since he does not have the bulk to anchor against some bull rushes, he tends to be very aggressive in pass protection, which can sometimes lead to him getting overextended. This very well could be resolved at the college level after some time in a strength program, as I address below.
Edoga plays with good bend for a high school lineman, as well. He is a smart, engaging prospect with a real nasty streak on the field. The question with Edoga is whether he can win with power when the quickness is not enough. He'll need to add muscle in the lower half, and colleges will hope that in doing so he doesn't lose the quickness that makes him special.
Fans can follow Edoga on Twitter at @edogawd.