Now I like offensive line man in football. I personally believe that you can never have too many offensive line men on your team. While great size is needed to play one the offensive line, I personally believe what is between the ears is also an important factor. Big is good but big and smart seemed to be the formula for great O-lineman? I now, today have just added another factor to my formula that I never thought of … twins! Can you think that would help the chemistry of your O-line than having two smart, big O-linemen who also happen to also be twins?
It appears that Rob Ash and his Montana State coaches are recruiting twins Mike and Doug Saeks. Mike is a 6-4 and 295 pounder while Doug is a 6-6 and 290 pound line men. Mike is an Offensive guard and Doug is an offensive tackle prospect. Scout.com also thinks that Doug could plat and a defensive end, but it appears both will play the O-line in college, but not necessarily together. The Saeks brothers play for Westview high school in Portland Oregon.
Both players were second team all league 6A as Offensive linemen.
Here is what Dirk Knudsen of OregonPreps.com (part of the Rivals.com network) had to say about the two recently:
Mike Saeks: (SR) Guard/Tackle: 6’4″, 305 pounds. Mike is a very solid technician; perhaps the best in State Offensive Line prospect this year. All Camp Winner at the prestigious Brian Derby Offensive Line Camp. He will anchor the Strong Side of the Ball.
Doug Saeks: (SR) Tackle: 6’6″, 300 pounds. The other Saeks Twin. This guy is a great quick tackle and maybe the best pass blocker in state. Doug plays with a fierceness and intensity that few players do. He and OWA will Tangle big time in Pre-Season!
ESPN gives Doug a 67 rating and the following Eval.
Saeks is a very solid offensive lineman that is a strong and tough lineman that gives great effort. He has very good size with long arms. Comes off the ball with a flat back and powerful leg drive. A good straight ahead blocker that handles smaller defensive linemen. Uses hands but needs to really unload and jolt the defender with the first punch. Must be careful to no let quicker defensive linemen beat him inside on the slant technique. Shows athleticism when pulling and trapping but could be more flexible in the knees and give more bend at the waist. A solid pass protector especially in the quick game and does a good job of locking out pass rushers on the deep set. Could set back quicker and anchor down and use his hands to stop the initial charge of the rusher. Saeks is a very sound lineman with limited agility and quickness but is a hardnosed and physical offensive lineman. He does not project high at the major college level but has the size coaches like. A red shirt year will enhance his ability to develop.
ESPN gives Mike a 74 rating and the following Eval.
Saeks has the height and weight to play the offensive guard position. However we have concerns regarding his athletic and technique limitations at this point in his career. Not overly quick out of his stance and tends to rise up and narrow his base on contact with defenders. Although we like his aggressiveness, as of yet we haven’t seen explosiveness, along with the ability to knock defenders off the line on scrimmage which are necessary to be an early starter at the major level of competition. We have concerns regarding his ability to block active 2nd level defenders along with pull and trap responsibilities. In pass protection needs to improve his quick set and overall foot agility. Not explosive with his initial punch and hand placement. Appears to be more of a road grader/in the box player. Lacks the playing strength, aggressiveness and finish we look for at this stage of his career. Whether Saeks plays at the major level of competition or lower will depend on his development after a red shirt year and additional time on the practice field. This is not an immediate starter but one who must grow and improve his techniques over a period of time.
Montana State and BYU seem to be the only schools recruiting both players. Mike is getting interest also from Utah State and Princeton. Doug is being recruited also by Oregon and Oregon State. Both player have a very high interest in playing for an Ivy League school, and appear to have the grades to be considered. Doug has already scored an 1890 on the SAT and a 27 on the ACT.