Saturday, July 5, 2014
Scout's Take: OG Nick Wilson to Stanford
By Craig Haubert
Guard Nick Wilson is the latest talented offensive lineman to join Stanford's quality group. Below, Craig Haubert shares how Wilson can be utilized in Palo Alto:
What he brings: Wilson is not the biggest or most athletic offensive lineman, but he is a good, tough player. Thickly built with good playing strength, the run game is where he can quickly get into defenders and deliver a good pop. With a thick, powerful base and knee drive, he can push defenders off the ball. Wilson displays good pull/trap ability. In pass protection, he flashes the ability to deliver a good punch with good balance and effort, and he can stay in front of rushers.
How he fits: A tough, high-effort player with good overall awareness, the ESPN300 prospect can be a good fit for the Cardinal upfront. Wilson can be productive in Stanford’s physical run game, demonstrating the ability to fire off the ball, get pad-under-pad and drive defenders back. He can be effective when asked to pull as he can utilize angles well and identify and locate second-level targets. With a commitment from ESPN300 C Brian Chaffin, there may not be a need for Wilson at that position, but the projected OG could be developed at center as well and can at least offer quality depth as a versatile interior lineman.
How the class is shaping up: It is still a fairly small class for the Cardinal at this point as Wilson is their sixth commitment, but they continue to assemble a quality group. Wilson is their third ESPN300 pickup and second on the O-line, along with Chaffin, the No. 2 center nationally. Stanford also continues to enjoy some success in the Southeast, Georgia in particular. All three of its 300 commitments hail from the Southeast, and Wilson and safety Arrington Farrar are both out of Georgia.