Game Film, Scouting Report: ’20 Cedar Rapids Xavier OL Josh Volk

September 10, 2018

Written by Rob Howe

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Josh Volk is a junior on the rise. The Cedar Rapids Xavier offensive lineman already holds offers from Iowa and Iowa State with schools like Ohio State and Notre Dame showing serious interest.

The Saints rolled to a 48-0 victory against visiting Davenport Assumption here Friday night and Volk played a key role in the blowout. The starting right tackle led a dominant offensive line performance. It was so impressive, that the starters only needed to play the first half with the game already comfortably in hand.

SCOUTING REPORT: The first thing you notice about Volk is the athleticism in the 6-foot-4, 295-pound frame. He’s a big-bodied kid with broad shoulders and a strong base. It’s not just girth.

He moves his feet very well and gets to the second level with ease. The coaches pull him left from his right tackle spot and he looks like a tight end gliding across the field.

One thing you love to see from an offensive lineman is that he plays through the whistle. Volk certainly does that and makes defenders who don’t pay for fading before the action ends.

Volk explodes off the ball and does so in control. He doesn’t often get off-balance. He plays very physical at the point of the attack and understands how to use his hands.

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He plows forward in the running game. He holds up well in pass-pro, although after a few snaps, defenders avoid engaging him whenever possible. Not a bad idea.

It’s picking nits, but at times Volk lunges and gets off balance when the opponent steps back quick to avoid him. It’s probably frustrating when the defender tries to avoid engagement, but he needs to show a little more patience and wait until he makes contact with the defender.

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There’s plenty of time to decide for colleges to decide if Volk fits better on the outside or inside at the next level. If he ends up at guard or center, his athleticism and skill set plays very well there.

As mentioned earlier, Volk only played one half of football but I did manage to put together clips of his dominant performance. It’s not a “highlight” package, per se, although most of his plays were highlights. I tried getting as many plays into it as possible.

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