Recruiting on the Plains: 2016 OL Giovanni Pancotti Player Profile

Giovanni Pancotti became the 5th member of the 2016 class and the second offensive lineman for the Red Raiders. We’ve got video and analysis after the jump.

HT/WT: 6-6/273
FORTY: 5.53
HIGH SCHOOL: Episcopal (Bellaire, TX)
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals 5.6 | Scout | ESPN N/R | 24/7 Sports 83
PROFILE DATE: April 15, 2015
OFFERS: Houston, Texas Tech

The Player Speaks: Pancotti spoke with Wreck’Em 24/7’s Daniel Paulling, who was quoted in DMN’s EJ Holland’s post about Pancotti’s commitment:

“Coach (Lee) Hays sent me a link to the top five offensive lines in the country, and Texas Tech was in that list,” Pancotti told 247Sports earlier this month. “In offensive line terms, that’s great to hear – a school like that wants you to come there. It’s a huge confidence boost to me, and I’m sure coach Hays intends to keep it that way.”

RELATED: 2016 OL Gio Pancotti Commits to Texas Tech

Scouting Report: There’s a handful of interesting things going on here. A few of them are really interesting. Pancotti plays right guard for Episcopal and he out-weighs the right tackle by 100 pounds (that’s an exagerration, but he’s much bigger). I think that Episcopal likes to run and they like to run inside quite a bit, so maybe their priorities are a bit different than your traditional spread team that likes to throw the ball around. So, Pancotti’s utility at right guard seems to be because it is needed for Bellaire’s offense. I don’t think that Pancotti is a college guard because of his height and I don’t think he has the quickness inside on the collegiate level. If we’re looking at Pancotti at tackle, then he’s hard to get an idea as to his footwork and pass protection. I think the book is necessarily written, not by a long-shot, on Pancotti and he could transition to guard for sure. The one interesting thing is that Pancotti wrestles for Episcopal, going 16-3 last year. That’s the sort of thing that helps the athleticism to play inside.

Gio, welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!

Photo via Charles Henry @ Flickr.


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