The hybrid OLB/S position is pretty easy and pretty hard to recruit for. On one hand, there are a lot of tweener recruits in high school who don’t have a lot of offers as an OLB or S, so there is plenty of talent to be had. On the other hand, you need to have a very specific skill set to succeed at that position in Division 1 football (this ain’t intramurals, brother).
The best case scenario is someone like Davion Taylor, who is an athletic freak and also has the size and willingness to smack some dudes around. If you need to replace Taylor, look no further than Toren Pittman.
Pittman hails from big boy Texas football. Pittman plays 5A high school football at Lone Star High School in Frisco, Texas. He is 6’3, 190 pounds, and he has offers from just about every regional school that’s not Texas A&M or Texas. Colorado beat out Arkansas, Baylor, Nevada, and UTSA.
He is the perfect STAR (hybrid) for Mel Tucker’s system. His tape shows speed and a willingness to put people in the dirt. He runs fast, diagnoses plays quickly, and arrives in a bad mood to the ball. He is a little skinny right now, but give him a year to bulk up and watch him work.