Film study: Notre Dame OL commit Parker Boudreaux

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

OL Parker Boudreaux, 6-4, 291; Orlando (Fla.) Bishop Moore Catholic.

The numbers: Boudreaux helped clear the way for an offense that averaged 37.3 points per game in his senior season. Through 10 regular season games, Bishop Moore’s offense totaled 373.6 total yards and 258.7 rushing yards per game. The Hornets (14-1) finished the season with an FHSAA Class 5A state championship.

The rankings: 247Sports — Four stars, No. 13 offensive guard. Rivals — Four stars, No. 21 offensive tackle.

FILM BREAKDOWN

First impression: Boudreaux is a relentless blocker with a mean streak. He overpowers high school defenders with his strength and sheer determination. He’s built to play on the interior of Harry Hiestand’s offensive line.

Strengths: Boudreaux’s strong upper body allows him to push around defenders with ease. He drives his feet well to move defensive linemen. He’s agile enough to square up linebackers to block downfield. Boudreaux never seems to be moving backward. He’s shown an affinity for finishing blocks with pancakes or knock downs.

He did what? (:24) Boudreaux shows great balance by navigating his way through the crowded line of scrimmage while pulling from the right tackle position. The pulling guard falls in front of him, but he keeps his feet, turns upfield and wallops the linebacker … (2:19) Boudreaux does an excellent job of running his feet to prevent the defensive end from getting outside of him as the running back stretches the play to his side. He uses his momentum to pancake the defender.

Competition level: Boudreaux and Bishop Moore rolled through its schedule against talented teams in Florida. The Hornets defeated Hallandale (No. 13 in Florida according to MaxPreps), Wakulla (No. 21) and Tampa Jesuit (No. 35). The only loss of the season came against Lake Brantley (No. 41). While good teams were scattered throughout the Bishop Moore schedule, Boudreaux didn’t face many FBS-level defensive linemen and linebackers in his senior season. Boudreaux was able to show his strength held up against some of the country’s best defensive lineman at The Opening in July.

Left to prove: There’s a noticeable lack of pass protection shown on Boudreaux’s highlight film. Because he’s moving inside, the transition won’t be as difficult as it can be for a tackle, but he’ll need to prove that he’s a balanced offensive lineman. The strength of his punch should allow him to develop into a quality pass blocker, but he tends to lean forward a bit when run blocking. He just hasn’t faced enough players of similar strength that could turn that into a mistake. Another obvious need for improvement is Boudreaux’s tendency to block way beyond the whistle. While it’s comical that he drives his player off the field on the first play of the highlight film, he’s called for a penalty. Those kinds of blatant mistakes can wear on a coaching staff. He’ll need to rein in some of that aggression and be a smarter player.

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Notre Dame offensive line commit Parker Boudreaux attempts to block defensive lineman Rashan Gary. (Photo courtesy of Nike)