Berk's Breakdown: Hunter Bivin

Berk's Breakdown: Hunter Bivin

We continue our detailed reviews of each member of Notre Dame's 2013 recruiting class with a trip to Owensboro, Kentucky for a look at Hunter Bivin.

GENERAL BREAKDOWN

HT – WT – SPEED: Listed at 6-foot-7, 290-pounds, Hunter Bivin is another of the top tackle prospects to pledge with the Irish in the 2013 class. With great height and weight, Bivin also shows above average speed for his position and the ability to reach second and third tier defenders.

QUICKNESS – AGILITY - BALANCE: On film Bivin shows quick feet and the ability to move laterally while keeping his balance. There are major traits you want to see from players along the offensive line in a spread attack/zone blocking scheme. What I really like about Bivin is his ability to play on the edge or move inside at guard or center and excel.

STRENGTH: While I feel Bivin will add physical strength once he spends time with Irish strength coach Paul Longo, I really like his ability to explode in the lower body. As he improves upon his techniques he'll be able to combine this trait into great power.

BODY FLEXIBILITY: Bivin shows great bend especially for a player of his physical size and does a great job of adjusting his body from a football positioning standpoint.

ON THE FIELD

The biggest adjustments Bivin will have to make will be on the field as to the level of competition he's played against. All the tools are there for Bivin to excel at the college level and when looking at the other offensive linemen in the class he shows great pass blocking skills.

Bivin's pass sets are solid as he's a natural knee bender. His pass drops show great foot quickness and the agility needed in the lower body to quickly drop backwards while maintaining balance and proper positioning.

While he shows quick hands he needs work on having a stronger hand pop to go with his great arm extension.

In the run game Bivin can use his flexibility to get a low pad level and shows he's capable of gaining a leverage advantage and drive his feet through a defender. At times Bivin does over extend but is able to still win battles against smaller opponents. This is fixable with more reps and technique work that will be a staple when he gets to campus.

If you watch Bivin's junior highlights closely you will see a couple of examples where he shows a nasty streak.

OVERALL

After looking at film of all the offensive linemen in the Irish 2013 class, I feel Bivin might be more of a true left tackle in the group. I really like his work in the passing game and can see the hard work he's done to make himself one of the top linemen in the country.

There is work needed in the run game but its minor and something I feel Bivin can overcome once he's taking reps at the college level. As I stated above, my biggest concern for Bivin when he reaches Notre Dame will be the on-field adjustment to the level of competition.

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