It was a brief moment in the game at Ole Miss that may have gone unnoticed, but the insertion of Ethan Pocic at center was a glimpse into the future of the Tiger’s most talented offensive lineman and one we should see a lot of on vs. Furman.
The prized tackle recruit out of Lemont, Ill. was LSU’s second highest ranked recruit according to 247 Sports and after enrolling early last winter has been garnering a reputation as a future impact player in the middle of the LSU offensive line.
“He’s a big kid, great length, good feet, Offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said. “He’s one of these guys who will get better every day, which is what he’s been doing. He probably won’t even have reached his potential by the time he gets out of here.”
He stepped in for Elliott Porter and held his own against a stout Ole Miss defensive line featuring former All-SEC freshman Isaac Gross who lined right across his face.
Pocic didn’t flinch and why would he?
He started at center for the LSU spring game when his high school teammates were preparing for their prom, and is the younger brother of Graham Pocic who starred for the University of Illinois and was signed by the the St. Louis Rams after going undrafted.
Ethan’s potential is massive and in a few years could be following in the same footsteps as his older brother. How awesome is that for the Pocic family?!
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At 6-7 and nearly 300-pounds he has tremendous size at the center position, and his future may still be at his natural position of tackle, but LSU needed him at the pivot and that versatility and team-first mentality is going to make him special.
“I like this young center, offensively, Pocic. I think he’s going to be a dynamic player, true freshman in the backup position at center and played in that game, Les Miles said. “The good news is by the time he gets around to playing, he’ll be veteran and knocking the heck out of guys.”
Pocic should see extensive action this weekend vs. Furman as LSU should have little trouble putting the Paladins away early, so it will be another opportunity for Pocic to flash his raw ability and enormous potential and make it harder for Cameron and Miles to keep him on the sidelines.
Pocic could probably start at just about any major program in the country on Saturday. He’s very good right now and he’s got all the skills and intangibles you look for in someone who wants to be great.
No one pays attention to the center, its’ a thankless position, but one that is among the most important on offense. Pocic makes you want to watch that spot and appreciate all the nuances that accompany the position.
That should be on display Saturday night from Tiger Stadium more than it has all season long.