2022 Prospect Evaluations: DT Patrick Kutas, WR Joanes Fortlien

Class of 2022 defensive tackle/offensive guard prospect Patrick Kutak and wide receiver Joanes Fortlien have been on the receiving end of scholarship offers from Florida State in the last two weeks. Osceola Recruiting and Football Analyst Charles Fishbein, who is the president of Elite Scouting Services, Mark Salva, a former FSU offensive lineman and former college coach, and I take a closer look at the two prospects and offer our opinions of what see and don’t see from both players after watching them on tape.

WR Joanes Fortlien (6-3, 210) – Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips

Fortlien reported his offer from the Seminoles on Super Bowl Sunday. He is also reported to have offers from Miami, Pitt, UCF and Illinois, among others. The rising senior is rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports, which also has him ranked as the 100th-best wide receiver in the country and the 97th-best overall prospect from Florida in the class of 2022.

The Osceola’s evaluation of Fortlien based of his HUDL highlight or game tape:

Charles Fishbein: One thing coach Norvell and his staff have shown is they like receivers with size. I had the opportunity to watch him last year in person. Joanes is a big kid. He also has a frame that will allow him to get up to 200-210 pounds. He has above average speed and should be able to stretch the defense. Joanes is most effective on crossing routes and the deep post. He should give you something on fade routes inside the end zone. He needs to improve as a route runner. He has a tendency to cut his routes off. Fortline has good hands and does a good job of high pointing the football.

Mark Salva: Initial Impression: Tall, long, fluid runner with big hands and potential wide catch radius. Not very explosive right now but he’s young and raw.

What I see or like: Catches the ball away from his body with ease. Uses body to block out defenders and comes down with a couple of 50-50 balls using his height and length. Tracks the ball reasonably well. Fluid runner and decent body control bodes well as he works to improve his route running.

What I don’t see, like or know: Limited amount of plays to evaluate. Not a lot of precision route running shown and I don’t see explosive speed or quicks off the line. Doesn’t mean he can’t, just don’t see it. No idea about his physicality in blocking on run or screen game. Just not a lot to go on and trust that the staff knows a lot more about Joanes than I can see on limited sophomore tape.

Patrick Burnham: Not a ton of tape to make an evaluation on Fortlien but the first thing you notice is height and length. He does a good job of extending his arms out to make a catch and rarely lets the ball get into his chest. Average speed but effective running the ball after the catch. Did show the ability to block and play with pain (looks like he was playing with a bad ankle in one of his games). Uses his body to shield defensive backs from getting to the football. Very raw as a route runner but showed he had the ability to be more than just a “go” route receiver. High points the ball well and showed good concentration. Needs to improve ball security but looks like he has strong hands. Plays hard. I am not sure he is a take at this point in his development based off his highlights but certainly a prospect that could be a take by the time spring practice rolls around in Florida this May.

To view Fortlien’s HUDL highlights please click on the link below.


DT Patrick Kutas (6-5, 284) – Memphis (Tenn.) Christian Brothers

Kutas announced his FSU via Twitter on Feb. 4. He is rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports, which also ranks him as the 38th-best defensive tackle prospect in the country for 2022 and the 20th-best overall prospect from Tennessee. Kutas is reported to have over a dozen offers, a list of schools that includes Arizona State, Mississippi State, Illinois, Coastal Carolina, Memphis, Oregon, Tennessee and Virginia. Texas A&M, Arkansas and Air Force have now all reportedly offered Kutas since he received an offer from the Seminoles.

The Osceola’s Evaluation of Kutas based of his HUDL highlight or game tape:

Charles Fishbein: Violent with his hands. He just tosses offensive linemen to the side. He is a big, powerful kid. Like the way he moves for someone his size. This kid plays with a mean streak. He is very aggressive on both sides of the football. His technique is something that Kutas will need to work on. Patrick relies on his sheer strength to overpower guys in high school. That won’t work in college. If he can harness that power, watch out. He has good burst off the ball. He is athletic enough to play defensive end or tackle in college. We feel that with his size and athletic ability Kutas may even be better on the offensive line.

Mark Salva: Initial Impression: Relentless intensity just oozes off the film. Not overly athletically gifted or a physical specimen but a good football player that plays with effort, intensity, and technique.

What I like or see: Plays in a good league vs. highly recruited kids and belongs. He has good to average size and length.  I think he’s an offensive lineman all the way.  He’s got explosive hips and hands and follows through with his feet coming off the ball. He understands leverage and fights pressure with his hands and head placement. Patrick plays like someone stole his lunch money — he is trying to make you pay for the audacity of lining up against him. What he lacks in pure athleticism he makes up for in attitude and effort. 

What I don’t see, like or know: He is a little stiff in the knees, hips and ankles. He can move his feet but he’s not the most fluid or balanced. A little top heavy and hips can get a little high, you see this at the end of some blocks when he loses his hip and knee bend and ends up on the ground. He will need to develop better footwork and technique and that will help him stay balanced and not get his body out of position.

Patrick Burnham: I like Kutas’ tape more on the offensive line than I do of him on defense. He plays extremely hard on both sides of the ball. He is highly productive on defense, where he does a very good job of establishing inside hands and then getting his arms extended, which allows him to get off blocks. Kutas looked more athletic and natural to me in the way he moves when playing offensive line. Allows his base to get narrow at times, which doesn’t allow him to take advantage of his size and strength. Not as fluid or bendy as some of the other offensive and defensive lineman FSU has offered but runs well in space and has decent feet. I would project Kutas as a nose tackle on defense and as a guard on offense, which is where I think he will eventually end up in college.

To view Kutas’ HUDL highlights please click on the link below.