The first time I saw Reynoldsburg (Ohio) High lineman Jay Amburgey it was easy to see with some work he’d be one of the top prospects in Ohio for the Class of 2019.
PROSPECT: Jay Amburgey
POSITION HS: Offensive Tackle/Defensive End / PROJECTS: Offensive Tackle/Guard
HOMETOWN: Reynoldsburg, Ohio
HIGH SCHOOL: Reynoldsburg High School
HT: 6-5 / WT: 265 lbs.
At the prep level, Amburgey is asked to play both ways but his future is brightest as an offensive lineman.
Long framed with long arms and the athletic ability to move his feet, Amburgey is only starting to scratch the surface of what his future on the field will be like.
When looking at future offensive tackles it all starts with the frame. Amburgey has the height at 6-foot-5 with a chance to add an inch or more in the next year. Already coming in at 265-pounds, he’ll have no problem of adding the weight to be a 300-pound offensive lineman with ability to move his feet. We already see a smooth prospect in terms of using his quickness and feet. There still needs to be work in using his hands, but that is teachable and something we’re seeing improvement in each week.
At this time, technique is still very raw but again, it’s all coachable for a player at this stage of his career. Amburgey already plays loose and shows above average flexibility. He has no problem getting set following the snap but at times his inexperience shows with hand placement or taking the proper steps.
Right now, we’re looking at a player still developing his overall strength. However, he shows the ability to provide a strong punch and has no issues driving a defender down the field.
Run blocking still needs refined as film shows a young player still figuring out where he needs to be. But he shows the ability to come off the line quickly and smoothly. A natural bender, Amburgey still needs work on not getting too high. But he has no problem gaining leverage throughout a block and plays with great aggression.
At this time Amburgey could play four out of the five line spots and excel at each. With his overall ability, we would not be surprised if he becomes a major Power Five prospect in the coming months.
We’re not looking at a finished product at this time. There are still areas that need improvement. However, the future is extremely bright and from what we’ve seen so far, Amburgey will not have a problem addressing the areas of his game that need to improve. Keep in mind, he’s been limited in the number of reps he’s taken on the offensive side of the ball as early on he was being considered a tight end.
Pros: Tough, Aggressive, great frame, wing span, athletic ability, feet, bright future
Cons: Rough technique, learn to finish plays
Check out the clips below from this season.