Kentucky Wildcats Score Commitment from Lakota East Guard Jarrett LaRubbio

Dec 2, 2012; Lexington , KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops spoke to reporters during a press conference at the Nutter Field House. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

 

Mark Stoops and the Kentucky Wildcats football team scored another big-time 2014 commitment, and this one was in the form of Middletown (Ohio) Lakota East offensive guard Jarrett LaRubbio:

 

 

He is graded out as a 3-star prospect by ESPN, 247 Sports, and Rivals:

LaRubbio chose UK over Arizona State, Louisville, Nebraska, North Carolina, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin among other BCS schools.

 “There’s a really special thing happening there,” LaRubbio told the Courier Journal. “It’s going to be a great program to be a part of, and that’s why so many kids are interested in it from Ohio.”

“I’m excited to run that offense,” he said. “I can see myself in it.”

 

“The last couple weeks I was thinking about it pretty hard and talking it over with my dad and decided it was the place for me,” LaRubbio told CatsPause.com.

“I love the school. I just felt really comfortable there with the coaches and the players committing. We want to do someting special. The coaches are from Youngstown and that’s where I’m from.”

“Me and my dad were talking to coach [Mark] Stoops, coach [Vince] Marrow and coach [John] Schlarman and they said they were excited to have me down here and I said I decided that I wanted to commit and want to play here,” LaRubbio said. “They were really excited. They jumped up and down. They were real pumped.”

 

ESPN Scouting Report

LaRubbio has the size and athleticism for the offensive guard position at the BCS level. His long frame appears capable of supporting additional body mass over time and he shows strong hands with the upper-body playing strength needed to control defenders once contact is made. This is an athletic prospect who could slide to the tackle position with added bulk. Playing out of a three-point stance, we see the flexibility balance and agility needed to handle quick movement in tight spaces. Demonstrates the ability to close down and secure the A gap from quick, inside penetration. Comes off the ball with the flat back, pop and surge needed to knock defenders off the line of scrimmage. His balance, base and persistent leg drive allow him to sustain.

He is a tough customer who possesses the nasty finishing attitude we like to see when evaluating offensive linemen. Does a good job getting out of his stance and locating defenders when asked to pull. Demonstrates the ability to adjust and log in with strong finishing results. Is quick releasing to the second level and taking correct off angles to linebackers. Overall we like his ability to play on his feet, although on occasion he goes to the turf when overextending and failing to bring his feet. Although there is the need to gain experience as a pass blocker, his long arms and nimble feet should be assets. Shows set quickness along with the ability to handle quick, inside movement. We see the athleticism needed to handle double-read assignments. All areas of hand use will need refinement.

If physical growth occurs, LaRubbio could offer two-position depth early in his career. He will need some time and most likely a redshirt year to grow physically while polishing his skills, but once this is accomplished, we see potential for a very positive upside.

 

 

Topics: Jarrett LaRubbio, Kentucky Wildcats Football

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