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COUNTDOWN TO SIGNING DAY

Meet Terps offensive tackle commit Sean Christie

By Jonas Shaffer, The Baltimore Sun

7:20 AM EST, February 5, 2014

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With today marking national signing day, preview the Terps' class of 2014 with a handy, commit-by-commit guide. Prospect profiles ran all the way through today, when players can officially sign a national letter of intent. (SEE THEM ALL HERE.)

Name: Sean Christie

Position: Offensive tackle

Measurables: 6 feet 5, 280 pounds

High school: Patchogue-Medford (N.Y.)

Recruiter: Tom Brattan (now Greg Studrawa)

Finalists: Albany, Boston College, Connecticut, Maine

Rankings: 247: 3*, No. 122 OT

Rivals: 2*

ESPN: 3*, No. 58 OG

Stats/honors: No sacks allowed; co-winner of Zellner Award (given to Suffolk County’s top offensive lineman), All-Long Island

Quoted for emphasis: “He's 6-5, 280 but if you look at him, you'd never believe that in a million years. He looks like an athlete.”

Breakdown: Compare Christie’s junior-year and senior-year tape, and you might say, “Woah, he’s light years better now!” But that would be disingenuous, because there is a more accurate, if less colloquial, way of describing his improvement: He is yards better. In 2012, Christie would, on many plays, seem to just kind of shift defenders. He was bigger than just about all, and the laws of physics often took over, letting an object in motion stay in motion. Defensive ends and linebackers were pushed and walled off, but not until 2013 were they regularly driven downfield. As a junior, he would only open the door for a running back. As a senior, he would just about knock the whole wall down, escorting linemen 4 or 5 yards from the line of scrimmage. To an amateur’s eye, his run blocking is still more refined than his pass blocking, and he might not have the natural abilities to hold the edge in the Big Ten. But the Terps don’t need any more tackles in this class, not with headliners Derwin Gray and, presumably, Damian Prince in the fold. Christie’s future could be inside, at guard. If he continues to improve, he really could be light years better in a few years.

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