2014 Commit #6 – David Anzaldua
Been a while, huh? After years of searching for a legitimate Division I offensive tackle, UTSA has finally drawn a commitment from an offensive lineman over 6’4″ in height. David Anzaldua is about as large as they come. At 6’7″ and 320 pounds, Anzaldua has been eating up Rio Grande Valley defensive linemen for dinner every Friday night for the past two years. While UTSA was the first to offer Anzaldua, it looked like he was shying away from the Roadrunners after SMU and Houston extended scholarship offers. Much credit goes to Coach Polo for sticking with Anzaldua when most expected him to commit to SMU. The last time UTSA went into the RGV to find an offensive lineman (Scott Inskeep) he ended up being an All-Conference talent. What should we expect from Anzaldua?
Obviously David’s size is the first thing that stands out on film. There’s no understating how massive he is. If Anzaldua were to sign with Alabama he would immediately become the largest offensive lineman on the Crimson Tide’s roster. As one could imagine, Anzaldua has notable strength to complement his size, reporting an impressive 475 pound deadlift max rep. You’re looking at a 17 year old kid that can squat just under 500 pounds. So why aren’t elite schools in pursuit of Anzaldua? There are several reasons, really.
The first and foremost concern most recruiters likely have with Anzaldua is with his level of athleticism. Frankly, it’s hard to judge David’s athleticism from his tape as his level of competition in the Valley is so low. Once David gets a palm on a defender it’s over. Such domination won’t be so easily accessible at the college level which is why most schools rely upon performances at summer camps to properly evaluate athletes in order to determine if their skill sets will translate to the next level. Unfortunately, Anzaldua was not able to attend many camps this summer which probably cost him a few scholarship offers. I do share the same skepticism in regards to Anzaldua’s ability to reach blocks at the next level. David plays relatively flat footed and doesn’t generate much bend at the knees. Blocking with the upper body in an elevated stance is acceptable when the blocker can outclass the defender in brute force but this won’t always be a reality for Anzaldua in college. On the other hand, if Anzaldua is able to adjust to the college game by playing at a lower pad level and working in opponents’ hips then he could become a tremendous offensive lineman with NFL potential. A high ceiling, low floor scenario here.
I think Anzaldua will blossom once he gets into a college weight room. David is a guy that played four sports in high school so he was never able to fully devote himself to a weight lifting regiment. As a result, he has some pudgy weight on his frame that will be toned into muscle after a few months in college. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the coaching staff request David to lose weight as a freshman. Remember when Josh Walker came in as a doughy 300 pounder, shrunk all the way down to 275 or something, then put on twenty more pounds to completely revamp his physique in less than two years? That double chin didn’t last long. Such is my hope for Anzaldua. A more thin frame will help him to fire off the ball to attack defenders, escape to the second level to seal off linebackers, and cross seven techniques’ faces to execute hook blocks. UTSA’s offense requires offensive tackles to block well in space on screens and jet sweeps. This will be Anzaldua’s biggest challenge as a Roadrunner. If he is able to address these concerns then he should be an all-conference candidate in Conference USA down the road.
Moving forward, it will be interesting to see where UTSA goes at the offensive tackle position from here. I expect the Roadrunners to take another tackle in this class but I have no clue if it will come from the high school or JUCO ranks. Skyline HS offensive tackle Phillip Haynes is reportedly high on UTSA and will be in San Antonio this weekend for a visit. Will the staff accept a commitment if one were to come? Interesting times ahead.
My prediction for the next commitment? Atascocita wide receiver Greg Campbell or Longview safety Travin Howard. Campbell seemed to really enjoy his time on campus at UTSA and showed little interest in recent advancements from Fresno State. Travin Howard will be visiting UTSA this weekend and does not currently hold any other Division I offers despite winning District 12-5A Defensive MVP. Howard must be a primary target for UTSA with no other safety committed in this class. If Coker is able to draw a commitment from Howard it will be a total steal. Buckle up.
2014 UTSA Commitments
Blake Bogenschutz QB – Carthage HS (6’0”, 175, 4.64)
Tank Kelly ATH – Galena Park HS (5’10”, 180, 4.46)
Kevin Strong DT – Cleveland HS (6’2”, 280, 5.1)
Cameron Oliver TE – Owasso (OK) (6’4”, 235)
John Cole Neph WR – Owasso (OK) (6’5”, 205, 4.73)
David Anzaldua OT – North Edinburgh HS (6’7”, 320, 5.1)
A UTSA alumnus that has been cast away to Austin, Jared enjoys live music and a craft beer. He thinks four verts is the best play in football but loves a QB sneak on fourth and inches. Twitter