lanfear 2015 OT Countdown | Second Place | Connor Lanfear

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As previously discussed, this is the fifth of a six part series of evaluations involving Oklahoma’s primary offensive tackle recruiting targets in this 2015 class. It figures to be an important position of need for the Sooners and clearly one they have made a priority having already identified a number of players they are focusing on. In turn, we will do the same in an effort to give you a better idea the type of player we believe each to be and what the Sooners could be getting should a commitment come from one (or more) at some point later down the road.

No. 2 – Connor Lanfear 6’6″ 270 lbs | Hays H.S. | Buda, TX

At 6’6″ 270 lbs, Connor Lanfear is my pick for the No. 2 offensive tackle on the countdown.  What it came down to for me was weighing the player they are now vs. the player they can become.  At this stage in the game, my opinion is that Lanfear is the most college ready of the offensive tackles on my list. The guy is just thick all over.  He’s likely closer to 6’7″, and there is no telling when he might stop growing.  He’s built like the prototypical NFL tackle.  When differentiating who you’re going to pick out of he and Toby Weathersby, it’s like trying to figure out if you’re taking Rosie Jones or Kate Upton to the prom. In other words, it’s the good kind of problem to have!  And I had to give the nod to Lanfear for a couple of reasons.

First, he finishes every block.  If you’ve ever read about Bruce Lee back in the day, he always talked about punching through the man.  Well, Connor basically drives his man through the ground.  He’s a guy you get p.o.’ed playing against if you’re a defender.  I pointed out previously that Weathersby and Andre James were good at handling defender’s counter moves.  James was able to hang with them and handle the spin moves with ease, while Weathersby was able to make them pay for spinning and drive them into the ground.  Lanfear just doesn’t let them spin out at all.

When he posts up his left or right hand, that is the shoulder of the defender that’s hitting the ground first.  When defenders try to get off of his blocks, he simply doesn’t let them do it because his hands are so strong.  A lot of young guys block with their forearms a lot and don’t realize they’re limiting themselves.  Where else in life do you push something and not use your hands? Little things like that separate good players from great players.

I really like Connor’s game a lot.  His head is always hitting the breastbone of the defender on drive blocks, which is textbook technique.  For being the tallest guy on the countdown, he plays with better pad level than you’d expect.  His hand usage is impeccable, and as a young player being so developed with his hands, he’s only going to get better.  He really appears to enjoy finishing people off, and he’s always bouncing up after the play and hustling back to the huddle.  He sits well and has a very good base in pass protection.  He never seems to get over extended and doesn’t lunge at people.

His film shows a guy who is more of a drive blocker than he is a guy who is going to be a finesse player.  He’s not the dancing bear, but he is a little bit less athletic than both James and Weathersby.  Quoting Warren Sapp, “I don’t care what it looks like, just get it done.”  If we were fortunate enough to get Lanfear, as well as the guy who is number one on my countdown (teaser!), then I would put Connor at right tackle.  He’s plenty athletic to play on the left side in college, but the guy I’m gonna profile next is a rare athlete at the position.

In reality, when I had to decide whether or not to rate Lanfear as my top tackle, I was just splitting hairs.  He is ideally suited to play in the offense that we’re migrating to.  In years past, I’d say that the offensive line coaches we had would have misused a guy like Connor, and if I were someone close to him I would have tried to steer him to someone who ran a more power-based offensive style.  However with the changes Coach Bedenbaugh has brought to the table, Lanfear is a guy you really need to get in the fold.

Whether he sticks with his pledge to Texas, or he ends up flipping and runnin’ with the good guys, we could wind up seeing a lot of him for the next few years.

No. 3 – Toby Weathersby 6’5″ 295 lbs | Westfield H.S. | Houston, TX

No. 4 – Andre James 6’5″ 275 lbs | Herriman H.S. | Herriman, UT

No. 5 – Conner Dyer 6’4″ 278 lbs | Horn H.S. | Mesquite, TX

No. 6 – Keaton Sutherland 6’6″ 280 lbs | Marcus H.S. | Flower Mound, TX

  • Doobie74OU

    The more film I watch on these guys the more I’m amazed! I really don’t see a bad pick in the bunch. I love the right tackle call for this guy as that’s probably were he will play in the NFL someday if he keeps making progress! Thanks again JY!

    • Shelby is a Patriot

      Exactly. Any one of them would be a good get!

  • dahldennsull

    Guess that means the current OU commit is #1 on your list… can’t argue with that :)

    • Sonny Schovanec

      Bobby Joe’s kid is a dandy. Elite HS coaching, elite competition and Evans just happens to be athletic, long armed, has great hip flexibility and good feet.

  • Sonny Schovanec

    I like the way that your thinking JY.

    • Indy_sooner

      ( Re: Evans) So you mean, there’s a chance…

  • Leroy Jenkins

    Really hope Lanfear chooses us over UT or TAMU. It might be tough prying him away from the Aggies. It seems like all these OT’s have great potential.

  • Steve Johns

    After watching the film, all I could say was DAMN! One play toward the end, he picked up a play side stunt beautifully – pancaked his man and peeled off to get another. Would love to see Conner paving the way for OU running backs!

  • Sonny Schovanec

    Not that it matters but I like Weathersby better then this kid. Lanfear is a very good player, no doubt. Get Weathersby committed and Evans and he will hold down the fort at tackle for OU for many years to come. We are definitely on the same page with Evans. Evans has a huge ceiling and has a chance to be a special player. Good stuff JY. We share the same passion for Offensive Line play.

    • Sooner Ray

      Look what you did Sonny, you went and picked a winner! :-)

      • Sonny Schovanec

        Being an old lineman like JY I figured he would like Evans. He’s got some tools for sure. Just wondered if he was “Nasty” enough for JY to pick him one. When you watch these kids film one thing that really stands out IMO is the level of competition they are competing against. Allen plays big boy football. The awesome part is Evans has only been playing tackle for basically a year. He’s only going to get better.

  • Sooner Ray

    Heard this kid really liked his visit with tamu so getting him may be a challenge but there is lot’s of time left and these coaches have shown they know how to work. Getting a couple of these guys will put our team in good shape.

  • J.K. Abbott

    This kid’s dominance over his opponents is almost comical. I wouldnt be surprised if some of the players that have to play opposite of Lanfear get sick on game day or miss the bus. http://i816.photobucket.com/albums/zz87/winterchill_1/mismatch1.jpg

    • Jed

      Konishki! Haven’t see this guy in eons. You’ll note the little guy up against him is 6’0″ and weighs 175.

  • BozemanSooner

    I worry about his feet and flexibility at Tackle. Love him at guard, but I’m not sure how he would hold up against the pass rush on the outside. I actually prefer 3-5 over Lanfear at Tackle. Don’t get me wrong, I’d be tickled pink to get him, just not sure if he doesn’t play a similar roll as Stephen Good.

  • Boomer4life

    Getting any of these guy’s will probably depend on how well we do in the upcoming 2014 Season. Much like it was for alot of the recent recruits/signess , Quick, Mixon etc…. Until then it’s just a wish list.

    • Sooner Ray

      Very true, every year there are kids that want to be part of championships and don’t mind competition that comes along with those programs and then there are kids who study rosters because they want to guarantee themselves playing time. Time will tell what kind of players we have here.

      • EasTex

        Speaking of young men who study rosters/depth charts, does anyone know if Orlando Brown Jr. has visited the OU campus yet?

        • Sooner Ray

          Last I heard, he just wanted to but that’s all I know. He may be busy at school right now and would likely have to pay his own way. Not sure how all that works after signing day.

    • Sonny Schovanec

      OU already has a commitment from JY’s best prospect at OT. It would be nice to get the Weathersby kid and call it good. OU has a commitment and another on the way from two of the best Guard prospects in the country Warkiobo Sp. and Barnett from Lawton. It will work out for the good guys.

      • J.K. Abbott

        Bull we want all of them. Maybe the NCAA will change the rules where OU canhttp://www.webmarketerdepot.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/IlloGreedy2.jpg play with 8 lineman and 14 players.

  • j l

    Couple questions:
    1) is there a place to view all the kids we currently have offered?
    2) can we only have as many offers out at once, as we have scholarships to spend?
    3) are any of these kids profiled already holding offers from us?

    By the way, I work with a guy whose son is the dline coach at flower mound, so im going to try and get some info on sutherland if possible.

    • Gary Robbins

      1-yes, 2-we currently have 78 total offers out for 2015, 3-all 6 have current OU offers Please type in http://www.oklahoma.247sports.com It will come up OU insider. scroll down to Recruit Search on right hand side. Make sure it’s 2015 football. Then go to offers and all 78 recruits will come up with profiles. Or you can bring them up by position. It also will show cool, warm, and warmer as to their interest. Some of our offers have committed elsewhere (like Lanfear)

      • j l

        Exactly what i was looking for, thanks gary.

    • Jordan Esco

      With respect to No. 1, I’d try any of the major recruiting services. Obviously we’d love to have something like that here, but that’s just not something this current version of the site is set up to manage.

      re: No. 2 – In short, no. You will always have more offers out than you have spots available. Texas is really the only school I’m aware of who, under Mack, used to strongly prefer only offering kids they’d know would say yes (typically on the spot). But even they had more offers out than spots available.

      re: No. 3 – All the kids featured in JY’s countdown hold offers from OU.

      • Gary Robbins

        Jordan, was I wrong to refer him to a particular site. They just seem to be fairly current on their info.

        • Jordan Esco

          Oh, don’t even sweat it. You weren’t in the wrong at all as far as I’m concerned.

        • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

          Gary, we’re fans of some of the other sites too, so don’t sweat it at all just like Jordan said. All good man. Do what you do.

          • J.K. Abbott

            Some sites more then others I’m sure. Przybylo at Scout does a great job. Homer Hale and the crew at 247 and Casey MurDICK at Rivals not so much in my opinion. You want to read trash go to the boards at 247. Pitiful.

      • j l

        awesome, thanks for all the info. as usual, great work as always from you guys!

        • Jordan Esco

          Thanks for that :)

  • Doobie74OU

    Have we had this much line talent in the state of Oklahoma since like the Selmon Brothers era? We have already got verbal’s from the #3 OG in the country and #13 DT in the country and we are said to have the inside track on the #1 OG in the country. ALL FROM OKLAHOMA! Makes me want to sing Oklahoma from the musical!!! LOL!!

    • Sooner Ray

      Not sure I’m ready to compare these kids to a Selmon but you’re right about the talent pool looking very bright. Go ahead and sing if you get the urge! :-)

      • Doobie74OU

        No I understand these children got a lot to do to even be close to what the Selmon Brothers were. Just a lot of depth at positions were not us to seeing in Oklahoma. Got 4 kids in Rivals 300 right now. A lot more talent in Oklahoma than people realize glad people are finally noticing!

    • Boomer4life

      Or Boomer Sooner….this way you can keep your man card intact.

      • Thomas Lenard

        singing “Oklahoma” like Curly will make you lose your man card?

  • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

    Sorry folks. I was travelling all day. I’m up in Chicago on Business, and then am travelling back tomorrow night. I may be out of pocket tomorrow, but I promise to get back to you guys this weekend!

    • Sooner Ray

      Can’t wait to see who you got at one! :-)

    • Sonny Schovanec

      BS! I want my money back.

    • J.K. Abbott

      Catch the rest of the Thunder game. OKC is playing clean.

      • Sooner Ray

        Looks like they’re getting cleaned!

        • J.K. Abbott

          Horrible my friend. It’s all good though. It will take time to get back in the groove with Brook just getting back.

          • Sooner Ray

            I’ve lost count on the turnovers, very sloppy, can’t sink shots, too soft on D, not what I was expecting to see.

          • J.K. Abbott

            Turnovers remind me of the Wishbone days when the Sooners would put the ball on the turf 9 times. Is no bueno.

          • Sooner Ray

            Put in on the turf 9 times but we scored half a hundred and played defense so it was all good!

          • J.K. Abbott

            Amazing how that worked.

          • J.K. Abbott

            The Thunder will be fine.

          • Sooner Ray

            I wonder if they should have just worked Brook in slowly because they had some really good chemistry going that may have been upset. Heat is just damn good though.

          • J.K. Abbott

            I thought the same. Especially bringing him back against the Heat with all the hoop la.

  • Swanny

    Thought I’d post this with the topic and all. Trent Williams was graded out to be the #1 tackle in the NFL in 2013: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1949453-br-nfl-1000-top-35-left-tackles/page/36

    • Sooner Ray

      These recruits need to see what kind of product OU puts out!

      • Swanny

        Couldn’t agree more. Kinda shocked that I didn’t see that on here anywhere. We should have no problem getting O-Lineman with all the NFL starters we have in the league.

        • J.K. Abbott

          One of the greatest tools OU coaches use is their success putting kids in the league. The mural of players in the league is huge.

      • J.K. Abbott

        Like the Gary Barnett day at CU?

  • Neworleanssooner

    His jaw line looks strikingly similar to JY! What necks going on here?

  • hOUligan

    Think Connor is a better all-around prospect than S. Good was but agree with your assessment as more drive blocker, like Good, and would’ve been mis-used the same. Under C Bede, he’d find a home at RT or could go inside. He has a truck load of nasty and just mauls guys. Like him a lot but also agree Weathersby might be a better option. Glad to hear OU is leading according to some.