Out of State Spotlight: Fort Wayne’s ‘Trench Gorilla:’ @Tobiasdelaney @FW_NorthSideFB @minguabeefjerky @MaxPreps @PrepSpin

Tobias Delaney is a DE/DT/OL prospect from Fort Wayne, Indiana’s North Side High who is a ’25 prospect and headed into his sophomore season. His friends call him “Tobster.” His opponents have been known to refer to him as the “Trench Gorilla.”

To the extent Gorillas are insanely strong, athletic, and lethal (if sufficiently provoked), we’ll go along with the nom de guerre. One thing is for sure, Tobias Delaney is a name you will hear more of in midwest recruiting circles if you continue to follow high school football.

Delaney is listed at 6-2, 274-pounds. He wears it well, looking much lighter than listed, which is how you know his mass is largely made up of dense muscle fiber.

Delaney’s primary position, DE, should tell the reader all you need to know about his speed, quickness, agility, and bend. The fact he can slide down and play inside speaks to his strength and power.

Delaney’s offensive position is along the frontline. Judging by frame, we would believe he plays inside, but his defensive deployment tells us he could play outside too with his feet and athleticism.

Delaney has a long frame, with ample reach, and will only gain in power and explosion as he matures. This is a “twitchy” young player, a physical attribute one doesn’t always see in players at his stage of development.

We feel the “Tobster” is a mid-major, Power 5, Division I type prospect going forward but this prediction relies on a number of factors. Delaney will have to devote himself to the game and his craft. He will have to continue to physically develop along his present arch. He will have to learn to use his hands more effectively to gain separation from blockers and get free from tackles and guards attempting to tie him up along the scrimmage line.

Overall, Fort Wayne, Indiana’s “Trench Gorilla” is going to cause some major problems for opponents on the North Side schedule. We expect him to be a fixture in the lineup for the Redskins from the first game in ’22 until Delaney leaves for his first college camp.

This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!

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