Game Film, Scouting Report: ’21 Clear Creek Amana DE T.J. Bollers

September 15, 2018

Written by Rob Howe

MARION, Iowa – Clear Creek Amana improved to 4-0 Friday night with a 17-15 victory here at Thomas Park. The Clippers continued their impressive start after finishing just 3-6 a year ago.

Their rise coincides with the emergence of two-way standout T.J. Bollers. The sensational sophomore defensive end/receiver not only ranks as one of the top players in his class within the state borders but also in this region.

Bollers already claims scholarship offers from Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota and Nebraska. More will be coming his way.

Hawkeye defensive coordinator Phil Parker and special teams coach LeVar Woods both were here watching the phenom. Woods played at Iowa with Trevor Bollers, T.J.’s father and current CCA defensive line coach.

I fought off a barrage of mosquitoes here Friday to get my first in-person look at him. I’m glad I did.

SCOUTING REPORT: First, Bollers (6-3, 225) does not look like a sophomore. He’s one of the biggest guys on the field playing in Class 3A. And it’s not just steak without the sizzle.

He lines up at right defensive end in CCA’s 3-4 alignment. He also plays receiver on offense. He only leaves the field for some of the special teams.

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Colleges view Bollers as a defensive end at the next level and it’s easy to see why. His “get-off” is impressive. He explodes off the snap and has an good idea what he wants to do when he does.

Marion schemed plays away from Bollers and utilized a quick-passing offense. When it did go towards him it frequently used a running back or tight end to chip him. It freed up his Clipper teammates to make plays. The attention paid to him has been a big reason why they’ve allowed just 22 points through four games.

Even with the game plan, Bollers pressured the quarterback and clogged running lanes. The linebackers were clean to make tackles.

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Bollers shows a nice array of pass rushing moves for such a young player. And he’s not just a speed guy off the edge. He can bust it inside when the offensive tackle cheats to the outside.

He’s really quick with strong hands that help him get off blocks. He’s athletic enough to drop into the flat and cover underneath routes as well.

Bollers is well conditioned. On offense, he’s running down field on receiver routes then has to flip right over and rush the passer. There are times when he tires and sits for a few reps, but on a hot and humid night here, it wasn’t often.

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The most exciting thing about Bollers is that more than two and half years remain in his high school career. The upside here is tremendous.

Here are some clips of him playing defensive end Friday:

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