Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE
Michigan took its fair share of offensive lineman in recent classes, allowing the staff to hone in on a few elite offensive line prospects during the 2014 recruiting cycle. Could tackle Alex Bars eventually be part of the Michigan staff?
The class of 2014 will most likely include of three offensive lineman, with a fourth being a possibility. Michigan has more numbers at guard, along with more youth, so two of the three spots open for lineman will probably be filled by tackle prospects. Alex Bars, Blake Bars' younger brother, is a promising tackle prospect out of Nashville, Tennessee.
Alex isn't a completely raw product, although he has some work to do before he's ready to play at the next level. He passes the eye test for an offensive tackle, possessing the height and length to play either tackle position, although I think he would be more suited for the right side. He has a frame capable of holding forty more pounds of solid weight, which he'll need to put on over the course of the next two or three years. He currently stands at 6'6", 270 pounds.
Bars is yet another offensive lineman who looks stronger in the run game than the pass game; this is common since the vast majority of high school players can't deal with a 270-pound human being coming straight at them. Alex is mean in the run game, but he sometimes makes contact too high, losing his leg drive as a result of it. Practice and weight training will help him improve in those aspects.
His highlights don't show an overwhelming amount of pass blocking. He's fairly athletic and shows an above average first step, but he overreaches on one rep and oversteps on another: these are both simple mistakes that can be corrected with good coaching. Weight training will also help him lock into his base and drive with his legs more in pass protection, as opposed to leaning at the waist and reaching with his arms.
Overall, Bars is a big lineman who could go on to be a solid Big Ten starter given the right coaching. He has the size and athleticism to play on Sundays, although he lacks elite length. I see him as a right tackle.
Bars is one of the most sought-after offensive tackles in the country, holding offers from Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Stanford and many others. It's early in his recruitment and no one school has identified itself as the clear leader, but he has visited Michigan and Tennessee more than any of the other schools on his list. He followed the recruitment of his brother and certainly knows plenty about the Wolverines, but I'm not sure if he wants to play beside his brother or not. Tennessee has the advantage in geography, but Michigan has the advantage with the Bars family.
This could come down to anyone, but I see Alex ending up at Michigan, Tennessee or another SEC power, and a team like Notre Dame can't be counted out either. It's far too early to be making a specific prediction, but we do know that Michigan will be involved with Alex until the end.