NAME: Justin Falcinelli
POSITION: Offensive Guard/Center
JERSEY: No. 50
RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star
WT: 305 lbs
It took until 2017 for Falcinelli to earn a starting role but he took full advantage, earning first-team All-ACC honors in his first season as the Tigers’ starting center. Part of an experienced Clemson front five, expectations couldn’t be higher for the Tigers in 2018.
The most notable strength of Falcinelli’s game is his functional strength. His anchor is fairly stout and he does well to absorb contact. While he isn’t a mauler in the run game, Falcinelli holds his own in terms of generating an initial surge.
Where Falcinelli lacks is in terms of his mobility and technique. Falcinelli labors to stay square to his opponents and often times folds at the waste trying to sustain his blocks. This root of the issue stems from below average foot speed and it causes his upper and lower body to not be in unison. Falcinelli must become more committed to fitting his hands.
Falcinelli has work to do in solidifying himself as a prospect but a big stage awaits him as part of a Clemson team expected to challenge for a National Title.