South Carolina added a third offensive line prospect to their 2013 class this weekend as they received a verbal from J.P. Vonashek (Kingsland, Ga./Camden County). The four-star tackle out of Georgia, is not a player we see making an immediate impact in Columbia, but we do like his upside and feel he could in the long-term develop into a nice player for the Gamecocks.
He is a tall kid who needs to keep developing his frame, but with time in a college weight program he should be able to improve mass and strength. The big man displays good hip and ankle flexibility and can get into defenders quickly with the hip roll, blocking base and leg drive needed to knock defenders back and open running lanes. He has good agility and balance which can allow him to be effective when asked to pull and trap and he can be productive and play on his feet in space.
In pass protection he needs to watch his pad level and in the short-term he lacks the lower body strength and overall bulk to overwhelm defenders with strength and could get out-muscled in pass rush against bigger/stronger bull rushers, but in the long-term with further physical development we see a kid with long arms, quick hands and nimble feet that can be a very good pass protector.
Overall, South Carolina picked themselves up a pretty good prospect. Some developmental time will be needed, but from that a quality starter for the Gamecocks can emerge.