Overview: Another in a long line of talented offensive tackles in Ohio's class of 2011, St. Edward's Geoff Mogus is one of the strongest linemen in the trenches throughout the Buckeye State.
Although not herculean in size in comparison to other elite Ohio tackles (e.g. Aundrey Walker, Tommy Brown, etc.) Mogus blends a good combination of strength and agility while still maintaining a 275-pound frame. He showed well at the National Underclassman Combine where he was one of the top 20 performers at the event. He tested well in the agility portion(s) of the combine but really shined with 29 repetitions of 185-pounds on the bench press test. Mogus also performed well at the Columbus Nike Camp in May.
He has picked up a variety of offers ranging from MAC programs to the SEC and Big Ten. He should continue to pick up scholarships throughout the summer and should have 10-15 offers to choose from when it is all said and done.
Strengths: If I had to select just one word to describe Geoff Mogus, "tough" is the word that immediately comes to mind. Geoff is by far the most physical offensive lineman the St. Edward Eagles boast. His physical presence is what separates him from the rest of the pack. It's impossible to coach demeanor and attitude. Offensive line is a position that requires an innate instinct to dominate. Mogus has this coveted trait that when harnessed in the right format can turn good players into great. I see a kid that finishes blocks and is constantly looking for contact. He is built on a large frame that can hold considerably more functional weight. The fact that he can flip flop between tackle and guard is a also a definite plus. Geoff Mogus playing center at the collegiate level is a solid reality because he is athletic and flexible enough to do so.
Areas for Improvement: Most of the "good" high school players are usually the biggest guys on the field. Regardless of if their football high IQ is high or low, they are still able to look dominant because of the physical disparity between themselves and their opponents. Geoff Mogus doesn't have this luxury. At times -given St. Edward's elite schedule last season- the players he was lined up against were just as big if not bigger than he is. The bright side to this is he still played good football against players that were his physical peers. I'm not impressed with the 320-pound seventeen year old that runs over the 190-pound defensive tackle every snap. With all of that being said, Geoff Mogus needs to become more physically dominant at the point of attack to consistently beat the solid defensive linemen he routinely faces. He does a good job of latching onto a defender and churning his feet but I want to see him explode of the ball with the intent to physically pummel his opponents. As tough as he is there is a bit of hesitation in his game. This indecision could be a result of him not being sure of his physical abilities. Once Geoff's physical development catches up with his heart, there could be hell to pay for opposing defenders.
Projection: He is a definite D1 prospect. Geoff Mogus is the type of player that would have been one of the best offensive linemen in the state ten years ago. The youth of today are much larger than they ever have been. This trend leads to many schools looking for the biggest kid and not the baddest. Geoff Mogus definately falls into the category of the latter. I see him playing at a major division one school within the next two years. Two years of good training and learning will lead him to being a starter at the collegiate level.
Mogus reminds me of myself during my freshman year of college football. Physically I wasn't able to be the player I wanted to be but mentally I was "kickin butt and taking names". Once my physical development matched my heart my career was off to the races. Hopefully this is what we will all see out of Geoff Mogus.
LeCharles Bentley is a former NFL Pro-Bowl offensive lineman with the New Orleans Saints and Cleveland Browns. He is one of only seven offensive linemen in the history of NFL to earn Pro-Bowl berths at multiple positions. LeCharles attended The Ohio State University and garnered consensus All-American honors, Big Ten offensive lineman of the year honors and The Dave Rimington Trophy presented to the nation's top center annually. His high school career at Cleveland St. Ignatius was coupled with an Ohio State Championship and a host of individual accolades.
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