November 19, 2010

Category rankings: Offensive linemen


The Rivals.com recruiting experts have broken down countless hours of film and racked up plenty of frequent flyer miles to see the top prospects compete at events across the country. In the process of evaluating overall talent, several prospects gained notice for their mastery of specific skills.

We've selected the best of the best in each category for every position and ranked them. Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barry Every breaks down the offensive linemen.

OL RANKINGS: Run blocker | Pass blocker | Most agile | Best athlete

5. Andre Yruretagoyena, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral
Yruretagoyena Highlights
Committed to: Oregon
Particulars: 6-5/258
Buzz: Ultra-athletic lineman plays nasty and has the agility to make devastating blocks downfield versus smaller opponents.
4. Brey Cook, Springdale (Ark.) Har-Ber
Cook Highlights
Committed to: Arkansas
Particulars: 6-7/314
Buzz: This mammoth sized lineman specializes in opening a path to the sideline for his running back.

3. Tyler Moore, Clearwater (Fla.) Countryside
Moore Highlights
Committed to: Nebraska
Particulars: 6-6/290
Buzz: Huge body that throws devastating down blocks and has enough athleticism to get to the second level.
2. Christian Westerman, Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton
Westerman Highlights
Committed to: Texas
Particulars: 6-5/288
Buzz: This is one nasty run-blocking machine that is built like a body builder.

1. La'El Collins, Baton Rouge (La.) Redemptorist
Collins Highlights
Committed to: LSU
Particulars: 6-5/285
Buzz: Huge, smash-mouth lineman who pummels his opponent with power, strength and superior athleticism.
BEST PASS BLOCKER
5. Sedrick Flowers, Galena Park (Texas) North Shore
Flowers Highlights
Committed to: Texas
Particulars: 6-3/280
Buzz: There is no doubt that Flowers is one of the most nimble linemen in the country.

4. Tony Morales, Arlington (Texas) Sam Houston
Morales Highlights
Committed to: Texas Tech
Particulars: 6-4/300
Buzz: This may be the meanest and nastiest interior offensive lineman in the country as he dismantled his competition at the Fort Worth NIKE Camp.
3. Tyler Johnstone, Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton
Johnstone Highlights
Committed to: Oregon
Particulars: 6-6/260
Buzz: Very athletic offensive lineman that uses his quick feet and long arms to protect the quarterback's backside.
2. Bobby Hart, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas
Hart Highlights
Committed to: Florida State
Particulars: 6-4/283
Buzz: Looked like he was sitting in a chair during one-on-ones at U.S. Army Combine and Miami NIKE Camp.
1. Matthew Hegarty, Aztec (N.M.)
Hegarty Highlights
Committed to: Notre Dame
Particulars: 6-5/265
Buzz: No one looked better in a pass set at the U.S. Army All American Combine than this natural knee bender.
MOST AGILE
5. Greg Robinson, Thibodaux (La.)
Robinson Highlights
Considering: Robinson has LSU and Auburn at the top of his list.
Particulars: 6-5/296
Buzz: His lateral movement and size will allow him to project at several positions along the offensive line.
4. Brandon Shell, Charleston (S.C.) Goose Creek
Shell Highlights
Committed to: South Carolina
Particulars: 6-7/290
Buzz: He steps over fallen defensive linemen like a hurdler on the track.

3. Cyrus Hobbi, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro
Hobbi Highlights
Considering: List includes Oregon State, Nebraska, Washington, Michigan and others.
Particulars: 6-4/285
Buzz: Displayed tremendous lateral movement at the Badger Elite lineman camp this past year.

2. Cyrus Kouandjio, Hyattesville (Md.) DeMatha
Kouandjio Highlights
Considering: Kouandjio's brother is a freshman at Alabama and the Tide are in the mix with Maryland, Pitt, Iowa, USC and others.
Particulars: 6-7/322
Buzz: This giant moves around like a power forward on the hardwood.
1. Jordan Walsh, Glen Ellyn (Ill.) Glenbard West
Walsh Highlights
Committed to: Iowa
Particulars: 6-3/275
Buzz: This gifted lineman pulls either way with ease, showing off his tremendous agility and speed.

BEST ATHLETE
5. Brandon Clemons, Milford (Pa.) Delaware Valley
Clemons Highlights
Considering: List includes UConn, Michigan State, Boston College, Maryland, South Carolina and Pitt.
Particulars: 6-4/255
Buzz: Two-way starter that excels on both sides of the ball.
4. Garrett Greenlea, Klein (Texas) Collins
Greenlea Highlights
Committed to: Texas
Particulars: 6-7/300
Buzz: Once upon a time this giant was a starting tight end.

3. Matthew Hegarty , Aztec (N.M.)
Hegarty Highlights
Committed to: Notre Dame
Particulars: 6-5/265
Buzz: He could have been recruited as a high three-star strongside defensive end.

2. Cyrus Kouandjio , Hyattesville (Md.) DeMatha
Kouandjio Highlights
Considering: Kouandjio's brother is a freshman at Alabama and the Tide are in the mix with Maryland, Pitt, Iowa, USC and others.
Particulars: 6-7/322
Buzz: So physically gifted he moves like a big tight end.
1. Sedrick Flowers , Galena Park (Texas) North Shore
Flowers Highlights
Committed to: Texas
Particulars: 6-3/280
Buzz: Watching him get to the second level and throw a block is like watching a thoroughbred in the Kentucky Derby.




 

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