Zach Okun recruit scouting report: Massive offensive lineman

Zach Okun -- Student Sports

Zach Okun is one of the top linemen in the nation in the Class of 2015, and has received high-level interest from major programs around the nation.

Okun attends Newbury Park (Calif.) Newbury Park High School, and is projected to play offensive guard at the next level. He is listed at 6'5, 324 pounds.

Okun is a consensus four-star recruit, receiving the rating from 247sports, Rivals, Scout and ESPN. ESPN is highest on the prospect, rating him as the 16th-best offensive guard in the nation, but 247sports also rates him No. 18 at the position in the Class of 2015. The 247sports composite rating, which aggregates the ratings of all four major recruiting services, considers Okun a four-star, rating him as the 248th-best player in the class, the 13th-best offensive guard and the 34th-best player in the state of California.

Okun claims offers from Oregon, California, Miami, Notre Dame, Arizona and Arizona State, among others.

Scouting by Derrell Warren, West Coast Recruiting Analyst (@yssd):

Okun is a huge interior line recruit who will probably need to redshirt a year in order to slim down and reshape his frame.

One of the first things you notice on tape is Okun’s short-area quickness for his size. He rises quickly out of his stance and delivers a powerful initial punch as a run blocker. He also displays the lateral quickness to flash over and block defenders attempting to shoot gaps. Okun also shows very quick hands and the ability to latch onto a defensive lineman, disengage, flow to the second level and reload his hands to engage linebackers in space.

One thing noticeable, however, is Okun can be a waist-bender. At times he overextends, losing leverage and making himself susceptible to counters and push-pull moves. This will be especially true at the next level against bigger defensive linemen who can play through initial contact.

Okun also can be overly reliant on power, and he needs to build technique as he ventures further into his development. He’ll come closer to reaching his eventual ceiling if he uses a technique-based game to complement his unique blend of power and short-area quickness.

That said, he gets to the second level quickly, and he’s an phenomenal gap blocker. That said, he flashes physical traits that would allow him to function well within in a zone scheme. On tape, he pulls quite often for his high school team.

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