Recruiting Roundup: Evan Finkenberg, OL

Evan Finkenberg
6'6, 265 LBS, FR
Rancho Santa Margarita, California (Tesoro HS)

Yeah..that's the best pic.

Overview
An important member of the 2009 class for the mere fact that he plays one of our biggest positions of need: OL. Not much is known about him since he was a late convert to T from TE in his high school career.

Scouting Report
Has the frame to add mass to become an imposing blocker, runs a 4.9 40 yard dash. He is an athletic, versatile lineman with tremendous upside. He switched to offensive tackle late in his high school career after seeing action at tight end.

Accolades
Rated as the No. 48 offensive tackle in the nation by Rivals.com and was listed as the 96 overall prospectin the state of California and the state's No. 7 offensive tackle prospect by Scout.com Also regarded by Scout.com as the No. 13 offensive tackle in the West region. Earned First-Team All-CIF, First-Team All-Orange County and First-Team All-League honors as a senior.

High School Career
Helped guide Tesoro to the South Coast championship and the CIF-SS Pac-5 finals in 2008. Was also a pitcher on the baseball team. Before switching to offensive line, he caught five passes for 74 yards and collected 31 rushing yards as a junior in 2007. Coached by Brian Barnes at Tesoro High School.

The Decision
Chose ASU over Colorado and Washington State, and also received interest from Boise State, California, Oregon State, and Tennessee. Verbally committed to the Sun Devils on Jan. 26, 2009. "I think the coaches' experience in the NFL was a big reason and I just felt comfortable (at ASU)," said Finkenberg. "My family is all really excited because they can go to my games now, and I'm a warm weather guy so the warm weather helps."

Verdict
Somewhat of an unknown since he switched to tackle late in his career. His size forced him to switch, but his natural athleticism will be a boon at the position. Probably projects most as a RT, but could probably play LT in college. Unlikely to be an immediate impact, however his projectability is through the roof due to his measurables and his frame. Adds to a very solid young core of offensive line prospects that Erickson has brought in.

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