Jan 24, 2013; Fairhope AL, USA; Senior Bowl north squad offensive lineman Braxston Cave of Notre Dame (52) works drills with offensive lineman Joe Madsen of West Virginia (70) during Senior Bowl practice at Fairhope municipal stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Prospect Evaluation: Notre Dame Commitment Hunter Bivin


At 6’7’’ 288 pounds he is one of the bigger offensive linemen in the 2013 recruiting class for the Irish; only fellow offensive lineman commit Mike McGlinchey is bigger at 6’9’’. Steve Elmer and John Montelus are the best ranked and rated offensive linemen in the Irish 2013 class, but Bivin is often overlooked at times. During the Under Armor All-American practices he looked like he was at the same talent level as Elmer and Montelus. Bivin is ranked as the 162nd best recruit and the 12th best offensive tackle. In some Under Armor practice’s you would see him at the center position, but many people think he is way too tall to play center. Most centers are between 6’2’’-6’4’’, because of the quarterback’s size.

 

Bivin can be guilty of being overly aggressive and missing his target from time to time, but that is because he is so much bigger than his high school competition. Footwork can be very inconsistent at times like many high school offensive linemen, but if you look at the Under Armor game you will see good footwork from Bivin. The kick slide technique when pass blocking needs an upgrade, since he can be too eager to hit too soon and let the defensive end make a quick outside move. Bivin needs to kick slide then let the defender make the first move then engage without putting all his weight forward. The 4 star lineman needs to put on more weight and strength, but that will come with time. No 2013 linemen will be projected to start, but mop up duty could be a possibility. This offensive line class is the best Notre Dame has had in years and it includes great size, athleticism, and knowledge of the game. Bivin has all three of those attributes.

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