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Saxelid could be late bloomer

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Kyle Saxelid does not have much junior film but according to Elk Grove (Calif.) Cosumnes Oaks coach Ryan Gomes his offensive tackle could be a steal for some Pac-12 team.
So far, the 6-foot-7, 240-pound prospect only has an offer from UNLV but Gomes believes after the first few games this season Saxelid could start hearing more from bigger programs.
"He's a total late bloomer," Gomes said. "We had some pretty good guys ahead of him last year so he doesn't have a ton of junior film. He didn't play a ton. It wasn't like he was a 12-game starter as a junior.
"I think the first three games of his senior year he could impress people. He's really good at pass protection because he can move his feet and he slides well. His one-on-one film from all the camps is good. He has long arms, too."
Saxelid was impressive at the Oakland NIKE Camp and Gomes said many schools including Stanford, Northwestern, Cal, UCLA and most of the Ivy League have reached out.
Academics are a big part for Saxelid so he's keeping all his options at this point in his recruitment. Gomes said there are some things his offensive tackle needs to work on but he also has tons of potential.
"The things he needs to work on are weight, strength and being able to move guys off the line of scrimmage when it's a run block situation," Gomes said.
"But for guys wanting to throw it around, he's a prototypical left tackle."
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