Notre Dame received its 11th commitment on Friday from Tennessee Offensive Linemen Alex Bars. Bars is ranked as the 6th best Offensive Tackle in the nation according to Rivals. Most likely, Bars wraps up Notre Dame’s recruiting at the Offensive Line position for the 2014 class.
Alex Bars is about 20 pounds short of being an NFL Left Tackle as a rising High School Senior. His size is probably his attribute at this stage of his career. Bars has a very solid frame at 6’6″. Like many tall Offensive Linemen in High School, he looks “skinny”. The 290lbs figure given to Rivals is probably high. But, pictures of Bars demonstrate that he will need to add solid weight before he can play at the college level. Because of his frame, Bars will likely play Left Tackle while Nelson will play Right but this is not set in stone.
As a pass blocker, Bars has great feet and uses his hands well to punch and slide with the defender. He tends to not use leverage to his advantage. However, this can happen with 6’6″ High School players. They are usually the biggest player on the field and their opponent may only be 5’10″. Bars has a long frame which helps him in this area.
Bars fires off the ball very quickly. This enables him to get to the second level as fast as any high school linemen out there. Like passing blocking, he has the tendency to aim high. When he does, he miss the block. This can be seen even more when he goes up against a Linebacker, a player that is quicker and can get out of the way faster. He will need to work on leverage and playing under control.
Alex Bars has a lot of upside as a player. A Linemen with this type of size and athleticism does not come around every year. If he can develop as a solid technician then he has a chance to become a great player at Notre Dame.