Friday, July 13, 2012

Worth the Steele

Photo courtesy of Central Valley Football
Know this about Kingsburg defensive linemen Ryan Steele, once the fourth quarter ends, that's when his motor stops.

But during games, that motor is revving for four quarters straight.

The massive 6-foot-2, 280 pound Steele plays as if he's an angry bull being dropped in the middle of his defensive line and is now chasing down the matador.

I attended numerous games down in Kingsburg last season. Not once did I see Steele take a single play off. In fact, in games versus Coalinga and star running back Brian Alvarado (College of the Sequoias), Steele devoured the running game up the middle and simply changed the phase of that contest. He's also made similar plays versus the likes of South Bakersfield and previous unbeaten Dinuba in the playoffs.

Steele even played in a few games with a cast on his right hand, so that also should indicate he'll display toughness and a don't-hold-back attitude.

With his bulk and feisty demeanor, he's capable of making a defensive line coach and a defensive coordinator very happy at the next level. Speaking of the next level, eight different offers from mid-major schools have flooded Steele's room.

For his senior year, Steele can use his last prep season to become a complete force versus the pass, especially if he winds up on a four man front. Yet, his size and run-stuffing ability makes him an ideal 3-4 nose tackle to me.

Steele is already the most sought-after defensive linemen in the Central Valley. An even bigger senior year could make him one of the most sought-after linemen period, and the toast of K Town just like former Viking star quarterback and Tennessee starter Tyler Bray.

OFFERS: Nevada, Fresno State, Utah State, New Mexico State, New Mexico, Colorado State, Northern Arizona and Eastern Washington


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