Every year, it’s essential to add at least a few offensive lineman in each recruiting class. OL coach Garin Justice has done exactly that since arriving at Miami last year, landing Ryan Rodriguez, Michael McLaughlin and Laurence Seymore as part of the 2021 class for the Canes.
Looking at the 2022 cycle and offensive line prospects, two guys have become high on Miami’s priority list, with coach Justice pursuing them hard. Both are offensive tackles, both from out of state, 3-star Jacob Hood (Nashville, Tennessee) and 4-star Malik Agbo (Federal Way, Washington).
Hood and Agbo have announced they’ll taking an official visit to Miami, with Hood going June 25th-27th, and Agbo June 4th-6th.
A former 2021 prospect, Hood reclassified to 2022 last summer. Miami offered Hood in April, and I've quickly become a fan. First thing to know about Hood is that he’s absolutely massive, standing at 6-8 and weighing over 340 pounds. When you watch film on him, it shouldn’t take you long to spot Hood on the offensive line.
247 Sports has Hood ranked as the #42 offensive tackle in the 2022 class, #15 player in Tennessee and #418 player nationally. Hood was an all-region selection for Region 6-5A as a junior, and currently holds offers from schools like LSU, Georgia, Mississippi State, Tennessee and others. Recently, Hood was one of the top performers at the UC Report in Charlotte, moving defenders with ease.
Hood is my favorite type of offensive lineman, a bully. and he uses his size to his advantage. He doesn’t have “wow” numbers in the 40-yard dash, but he’s improved a lot over the last year when it comes to his lateral movement, as well as his upper body strength. When you look at tape from his sophomore season compared to his junior season, you can notice the difference in his quickness and aggression.
While he’s played tackle in high school, some believe that Hood could make the transition to guard once he reaches college, depending on the offensive system. He’s been receiving tons of attention lately, due to his success at camps and overall improvement in his game.
His strength is in run blocking, while he needs to keep improving on his pass-blocking technique as well as his football IQ. Though, with the trajectory Hood is on right now, it’s a safe bet he’ll become a sound pass protector.
Still, you’d have to think someone of that size would still be a project, and that’s not a negative thing. In the right strength and conditioning program, Hood will continue to add strength to his already massive frame and further develop his athleticism, getting him ready to contribute in just a couple of years. Hood is an under-the-radar prospect at the moment, who has the chance to blow up in the recruiting ranks, now that everything is getting back to normal with camps, visits, etc.
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Miami has been looking to add guys with sheer size to their offensive line, those who can help improve the running game and create holes. Hood fits the description of a player who can do that.
Agbo was offered by UM in early January, and has remained one of Miami’s top offensive lineman targets since. Agbo’s junior season wasn’t normal, as Washington’s high school football was played this spring. However, Agbo still received first-team all-state honors by SBLive, while only playing just 3 games.
247 Sports has Agbo ranked as the #26 offensive tackle in the 2022 class and #7 player in the state of Washington. The site has him listed at 6-5.5 and weighing 320 pounds.
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Agbo holds plenty of offers from big time programs like Alabama, Oklahoma, LSU, Oregon, Florida, just to name a few. He’s currently scheduled to take visits to Miami, LSU and Oklahoma.
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Lining up at right tackle, I think Agbo has a lot of potential, and could definitely see him staying at the position in college. He has exceptional balance, moving well on his feet, with natural ability that comes out when you look at his tape. Very athletic, Agbo has been playing tight end in the 7-on-7 circuit with Heir Football.
He’s more natural at run blocking compared to pass protection, and needs to continue to develop on consistency in his technique. Agbo isn’t an instant impact player, which is fine. Coach Justice sees what Agbo can become with time in the S&C program and the right development. He already has the physical tools necessary, once he gets to college it’ll just be about fine tuning the fundamentals. With schools like Alabama and Oklahoma pushing for Agbo, it’s not just coach Justice that sees the potential.
When looking at the Canes current roster, they’re going to be losing at least one offensive tackle after the 2021 season in Jarrid Williams. There’s also a very good chance Zion Nelson declares early for the NFL Draft, you’ll also be losing Navaughn Donaldson at guard as well.
That being said, I think it’s critical for the Hurricanes to add ideally 3 offensive lineman in this 2022 class, Agbo and Hood could potentially be in that mix. Whether they both stay at tackle, or you switch one of them inside to guard, they’re prospects that coach Justice can help develop into future starters.