Tristan UNDERRATED: Tristan Hill is BCS Good

Image from Newsok.com (Photographer: Garett Fisbeck)

You hear the terms like “diamond in the rough” and “hidden gem” thrown around a lot.  Most of the time, those terms get used far to liberally.  K gave me a call last night and asked me if I’d heard about an offensive tackle named Tristan Hill from Mustang, Oklahoma.  I told him that I hadn’t, so K said let me flip you the film on this guy and let me know what you think. Apparently one of our readers wrote in and suggested we take a look at the young man. And I’m glad we did!

I must admit after working 13 hours today, I wasn’t all that enthusiastic…until I opened the tape.  I know that a good indicator on how excited I am about a guy is when the guy makes me talk to myself.  I’ll open the film, and I’ll start goin…”ooh”, “oh wow”, etc., that’s how I really know a kid can play.  Watching Tristan, I talked to myself…a lot. We had a chance to speak to his coach earlier today and Tristan stands around 6’5 and 3/4 inches and weighs 287 lbs. In other words plenty of length and size with plenty of room to fill out.  But OL gotta be smart. And Tristan is! High 20s on his ACT (don’t feel right divulging his score but again he’s in the high 20s which is good!) and he’s got a great GPA. Coach Dombek at Mustang told us Tristan is a hard worker in the gym, on the field and in the classroom. He’s going to need to put on weight when he gets to the next level but with his worth ethic and frame that isn’t going to be a problem.

The more I’ve found out about the kid the more I’ve liked about him.  It’s kind of a nice coincidence that I watched so much film on OU offer, Denzel Ward yesterday.  Because when I lay them side by side, I like Tristan better. I’ll say it again – on film I like Tristan better than Denzel Ward! The only thing that Denzel has on Tristan is his size.  Denzel’s a couple inches taller, but I tell you Tristan has far better footwork.

In his kick slide Tristan has the ability to speed up his feet to catch up, and I never caught him lunging at anyone.  He’s naturally athletic in getting up to linebackers, and redirects effortlessly.  When d-ends try to come back with spin moves or a rip etc., he slides right there to shut them down, and he does it so naturally.  The knocks about him are pad level and using his hands.  The good thing is that you can teach both of those.  He’s always in position to make the blocks, and athletically he can compete right now.  He’s not strong enough to make all the blocks, but he’ll be in position to and just needs a RS freshman year to gain the weight and strength he needs.  With young o linemen you have to teach them how to get in position to make the blocks, step with this foot, etc., but Tristan just does it.

In my opinion we need to offer this guy today.  He’s a definite BCS level offensive tackle.  Crazy athleticism, nasty and finishes.  He could decapitate people with better pad level, and once taught how to use his hands correctly, we could have a guy who comes out of nowhere like Teddy Lehman did at the lb position.  Unless I’m completely wrong, he has Lane Johnson type athleticism, Gabe Ikard type athleticism.  Good news is that if we got him in here and redshirted him, Coach Bedenbaugh will have a great set of raw materials to work with and turn him into a really outstanding offensive tackle for us.  Get your butt down I-40 now and go lock him up!

OFFERS: Currently Tristan holds a number of DII offers but no D1 offers. We here at The Football Brainiacs believe he is absolutely a BCS level player.

  • Jake

    Thanks for the review guys!! Awesome news for Tristan. He’s my nephew so I’m biased, but I knew he had talent and I just can’t figure out why he has no offers. Thanks again for the kind words.

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

      Kid is a flat out STUD

      • chasejamy

        Does anyone know if the coaches, read this site, or does anyone informed
        them about a player? Mike

        • Super K

          Trust us coaches def read this site. And if we feature a kid there is a great chance he will get looked at and if he’s good enough he will get offers.

          • bmrsnr

            Yeah but do OU coaches read this site?

    • Super K

      Jake we’re you the one who sent us his name? If so, I’m glad. He is indeed BCS good and he’ll get the offer before it’s all said and done. We’ll keep featuring him till he does.

    • Indy_sooner

      I appreciate people looking out for their own folks. Wherever he ends up, TU to you, man. I am biased towards OK kids, so here’s to hoping he ends up at OU :)

  • Jake

    Yeah I was the one who sent the email. He needed some exposure, I saw how you guys were helping some other kids so I figured why not. Thanks again!

    • Super K

      I’m glad you did. He absolutely deserves the exposure! You’re a good cousin :)

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

        If he’s his nephew, that makes Jake his uncle. Come on K! Toldja bout hittin the pipe before posting! Lolol!

        • Jake

          I was gonna let that slide

          • Super K

            Lol my bad.

  • Jared Tyra

    From the picture, he absolutely looks like a nightmare to line up across from (even without the “lineman type” weight). Really hope he gets MULTIPLE looks, including from OU.

  • Jason Mtherfther Hill

    YES SIR MY SON HAS THE BRAINS,SIZE AND GIFT FOR THE BCS.HE WAS INVITED TWICE TO FBU’S INVITATION ONLY CAMP AND MADE TOP GUN. IF ANYONE DISAGREES JUST GO WATCH HIS HUDLE FILMS. ONE WORD-DOMINATION. WHOEVER SIGNS HIM WILL SIGN A MAN WITH TRUE TALENT,HEART AND ALL THE STUFF IT TAKES TO BE A GREAT ATHELETE AND STUDENT!

    • JD

      Any contact from OU?

      • Jason Mtherfther Hill

        Heipel came down earlier this season(or last) and spoke with him but no offers for a scholarship…..yet.

        • JD

          Do the coaches have his senior film? If not send it to them..I just saw his hudl and got hungry for ihop!

      • Super K

        Coach told us no but that doesn’t change anything for us. We believe the kid is D1 good :)

    • Super K

      There’s no doubt in our minds he can play d1 and d1 BCS ball. You’ve got a great ball player and a great son!

      • Jason Mtherfther Hill

        Thank you. He is an all around Great man He’s humble, well mannered,smart,a very HARD worker and a pleasure to have as a son.

        • ToatsMcGoats

          He sounds EXACTLY like the types of players OU looks for, especially on the O-line. Hope they get him an offer soon!

      • Jason Mtherfther Hill

        Thank you. Again Thank you.

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

      From one Jason to another, congratulations sir. Sounds like a son any man would be proud to have!

      • Jason Mtherfther Hill

        Thanks. Again Thank you for the AWESOME review. Obviously you know a kid with Love and talent fir The Game. I’m sure with exposure on your site more offers wilk be coming in. He and the whole fam damily Thank you again.YA’LL KICK ASS!

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

          Thanks sir. I hope he get’s an OU offer man. He’ll be playing on Sundays if he gets in some where and works his tail off. He’s a heck of a player!

  • Jason Mtherfther Hill

    Also a Huge THANKS to my brother-in-law Big Jake for puttin him on some more radars!

  • L’carpetron Dookmarriot

    I’m trying to think of that other guy who has started for two years at OU and played for Mustang. Hmm… One day it will come to me…

    • Super K

      lol Ir win it does come to you let us know ;)

      • ToatsMcGoats

        Heh,

    • soonerpug

      that would be bubba burcham

      • Jake

        I was good friends with Bubba in HS. Maybe he could put in a word for Tristan!!?

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

          Definitely wouldn’t hurt

          • ctsooner

            Love the find. I’ve known JY for a long time now and I’ve never seen him wiff on a kid. EVER. JY, if you want, this would be a good reason to call ;)…..I’d need more info before doing anything.

        • Leann Griffith

          I sent him an email….he’s the coach here in Coweta and puts on some great camps….worse he can say is no!

  • CoachStauder

    With his academics I’m surprised OU hasn’t at least offered him a preferred walk-on spot. I’m not saying he isn’t OU good, just surprised there hasn’t been any contact for AT LEAST a shot to walk-on.

    • Super K

      Yeah especially given the recruiting issues at OT.

  • blaster1371

    I prefer the idea of Oklahoma guys playing for OU. Sounds like OU has a gamer right under their noses.

  • Jason Mtherfther Hill
    • http://www.TheFootballBrainiacs.com/ JY

      The stuff he does to people on here are just comical

      • Jason Mtherfther Hill

        Thought you would like to see it.

      • JSam

        Wow. He’s not even “thick” yet and the kid is beast. Looks to have plenty of room for good weight. I see what you’re saying about pad level – and even WITH that he is a man-handler. With weight and technique this kid might be an eclipse. As good as he looked one-on-one, when he pulls he just absolutely obliterates people.

        • Super K

          yep! He’s just scratching the surface of what he can be

  • Jarad Brown

    Georgia Southern is a great University and will prepare him for the next level. We will welcome your son with open arms and southern hospitality! GATA Eagles!

  • Aaron Hunter

    I read Tristan was a best with shot and disc; qualified for state. Which meets were his best?