Florida State has already secured one big win as the Seminoles head to Miami for their annual showdown against the Hurricanes. Offensive tackle Rod Orr, who is 6-foot-7 and 296 pounds, announced Friday afternoon that he has committed to play at FSU next season.
Orr is an outstanding prospect who will have the ability to come into head coach Mike Norvell’s program and will compete for playing time early in his career. The Gadsden City (Ala.) High School product also considered Missouri, Ole Miss, Oregon and Tennessee before pledging to wear garnet and gold in college. He is considered a four-star prospect by 247Sports, which has Orr ranked as the 22nd-best offensive tackle prospect in the 2021 recruiting class. They also have him as the 10th-best overall prospect from Alabama.
Osceola football analyst Mark Salva, himself a former FSU offensive lineman, recruiting analyst Charles Fishbein and I spent some time watching film of Orr prior to the start of the 2020 season and offer our thoughts on his ability and potential:
Salva on Orr: “I love this kid, I want to tell you. I love his length, I love his foot speed … He is an elite, big, long, athletic talent. He is raw, as raw as can be, a little stiff in the ankles but nothing that scares me … I love his stance, I love the way his knees come in on his stance and how compact he looks. I call those power angles … He has his knees in tight and that is power going to the center of his core … He has elite hat speed coming off the football … His length is really good, he’s athletic, he likes to finish … If he is only a three-star (prospect) then I am not very good at this game.”
Fishbein on Orr: “He is a good-looking prospect. He is a little light on the backside … Athletically, I think he can handle any kind of athleticism that comes off the edge. I really like his length … I thought technique-wise he’s pretty good there. Overall I thought he was a Division-I kid that’s probably two years away from playing … He is someone you want to develop physically and mentally.”
Burnham on Orr: “You guys were talking about being able to project offensive line prospect and how difficult that is but this is a guy that you could certainly see as a three-year starter easily at the major college level if he plays up to his ability and will likely come in and compete for playing time as a true freshman… My first note was that he was a left tackle or blind side tackle all the way … The fluidity with which he runs with was very impressive and a guy I like more, the more I watch him … My second note on Orr was that he was physical.”
To view Orr’s HUDL highlights please click on the link below: