Charlotte Christian School -- Charlotte, North Carolina
Center. 6'1" 286 pounds.
Rivals Rank: Three stars; #10 center.
ESPN Rank: Four stars; #4 center.
Scout Rank: Three stars; #8 center.
247 Rank: Four stars; #6 center.
Key Offers: Cal, Duke, Kansas State, Mississippi State, Virginia Tech
Whether he's lined up at center, guard, or tackle, the one thing that jumps out from Brian Chaffin's senior highlight film is his absolute tenacity as a run blocker. He has that mean streak that Cardinal coaches and players always used to rave about in David DeCastro, that innate desire to dominate the man across the line of scrimmage from him. In clip after clip, Chaffin locks up against a defender and simply moves him, but not from Point A to Point B, as line coaches will often ask. Chaffin moves his man from Point A to the Point of No Return. Sometimes he pancakes the defender into the turf, other times he drives him twenty yards out of the play, stopping only when he's taken him completely out of bounds.
As versatile as he was in high school, his lack of height makes him a center at the collegiate level, and the Stanford coaches are thrilled to have a true center to work with. In that position he'll need to be the quarterback of the offensive line, not only calling out blocking schemes but also serving as a leader for the most important unit on the field. Chaffin already demonstrated a considerable amount of leadership in helping to assemble this class. The coaching staff has indicated that he was one of the most active recruiters they had, and his importance to this group will no doubt continue to grow over the next four to five years.