2015 Commitment #15 – Shane Block
Less than 24 hours after receiving an offer from UTSA, Yukon, Oklahoma offensive tackle Shane Block has pledged his commitment to the Roadrunner coaching staff following an unofficial visit to the Alamo City. The appropriately-named offensive tackle is a big time commitment for a program that has struggled to attract elite talent at the position. I reviewed Block’s Hudl after he was offered last night and thought he was bound to be a BCS level talent that UTSA wouldn’t have much of a chance with. Oh, how swiftly erroneous I was. Shane comes to UTSA with standing offers from UNT and Georgia State and will certainly amass more offers before February. In an interview with InsideUTSA, Block said that he didn’t know much about UTSA last year until he watched the Roadrunners play against Oklahoma State on TV. I think this serves as a great reminder of how important TV exposure is for football programs, especially when it comes to out of state recruiting.
With swift feet and natural athleticism, Block is more than just a big body. Shane is a fantastic in run blocking, whether he is firing out from a three-point stance, pulling to a gap, or scraping down away from the play. Block also has the natural tools to become an elite pass blocker. Most of Shane’s flaws are technical in nature, such as leaning over at the hip too much and depending on his size to overpower opponents while pass blocking. Like most prep linemen, Block will also need to increase his strength and ability to finish blocks before he is ready to play at the Division I level.
While Shane played right tackle for Yukon last season, I think he can play left tackle at the next level with successful coaching. Shane has a very lean frame for a 275 pounder. I could easily see him playing at a healthy 300 pounds by his sophomore season. Nonetheless, Block is the best high school tackle UTSA has signed in its short history. With solid work ethic and a good coaching job from Coach Marshall, I think Block can match or surpass Cody Harris’ success at left tackle for UTSA..
Football Braniacs put together a great assessment of Block that I agree wholeheartedly with: http://thefootballbrainiacs.com/ou-oklahoma-football-recruiting-2015-ok-preps-shane-block-yukon-high-school
Shane Block highlights: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1494793/highlights/109510376
UTSA Class of 2015 Commitments
1.) Furquan Shorts WR – Atascocita HS (6’2”, 190, 4.47)
2.) D’Anthony Hopkins RB/ATH – Cuero HS (6’2”, 220)
3.) Treveon Hamilton WR – Atascocita HS (6’4”, 197)
4.) Matt Guidry RB – Clear Springs HS (5’9”, 160, 4.63)
5.) Alex Snow OL – Clear Lake HS (6’3”, 280)
6.) Jess Anders RB – Aledo HS (5’9”, 174, 4.5)
7.) Manny Harris QB – Copperas Cove HS (6’0”, 225, 4.7)
8.) Peyton Hall WR – Brandeis HS (6’0”, 179, 4.48)
9.) Derrick Dick WR – A&M Consolidated HS (5’9”, 173, 4.5)
10.) Clayton Woods C – Highland Park HS (6’3”, 274, 5.2)
11.) Jaylon Henderson QB – Kingwood Park HS (6’2”, 197, 4.81)
12.) Andy Martel SS – Richmond Foster HS (6’1”, 195, 4.51)
13.) Baylen Baker DE – Abilene Wylie HS (6’5”, 250)
14.) Jacolbie Butler ATH – Pearland HS (5’9”, 175, 4.51)
15.) Shane Block OT – Yukon HS (OK), (6’5”, 275)
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