The Oregon Ducks were looking to add a defensive tackle to their 2012 recruiting class, and last week landed a player tucked away at an Iowa junior college. After sending his brother Brandon to the Kansas City Chiefs in 2011, Stetzon Bair chose to follow his family legacy and committed to Jerry Azzinaro and Oregon.
Duck Sports Authority took a look at film clips from the 6-foot-7, 270-pound defensive tackles' past season at Western Iowa to bring you these notes.
Hands: Average hand striking technique in need of refinement. The arms attached to the hands speak for themselves, however. Bair uses his length to great advantage keeping the blocker away from his body and then leveraging his height to see what is happening in the backfield. This allows him to shed his man and go to the ball which he does quickly and well.
Feet: Good feet for an athlete of his size, including one clip which reveals an effective spin move. Lateral movement is very good with numerous examples of quickly reading the play then shedding his blocker. Bair showed his ability to split a double team with nifty feet on one clip.
Pad level: Pad and hip level was the weakest portion of these film clips for Bair. One of the disadvantages of having the height to see over the blocker is the tendency to stand up tall to do so. As Bair develops his ability to see the backfield while maintaining inside and low leverage on his man he will become better against the quality of the running games he will face in the Pac-12.
Size: Clearly Bair has the type of frame Jerry Azzinaro has developed at defensive tackle during his years at Oregon. While at 270 Bair would have a difficult height/weight ratio with his body type at this level, a more appropriate 300 pounds should easily be within reach after a year in the program with time in Oregon's weight room and nutritionist James Harris putting the right foods in front of him.
Speed: His 40-time is probably not particularly fast, but is irrelevant. Acceleration and closing speed appear to be Bair's game, and he closes down three yards to the ball in a blink of the eye. He appears to have enough speed to apply lateral pressure to the sideline on running backs, and on more than one clip made the play by following it.
The bottom line in Duck Sports Authority's analysis of this defensive tackle is that he is precisely the type of player who has proven successful for the Ducks in the past decade. The optimum path for this athlete would be to redshirt his first year in order to learn the system and add 25 quality pounds. Overall this appears to be an absolute gem of a player who has hidden from recruiting limelight.