Here is a peek ahead at five of the top offensive line recruits in the Class of 2015.
A team can have the prototypical strong-armed quarterback, the powerful running back and the wide receiver with speed to burn, but without a solid set of offensive linemen the best skill players in the world won’t be able to succeed. We’ve pinpointed a few of the best offensive linemen in the Class of 2015 and given them a full breakdown, including scouting report, pro/college comparison and recruiting update. To finish it off, we introduce one under-the-radar recruit to watch.
School: Lawton (Okla.)
Barnett has been an imposing figure for Lawton two years running. After emerging as an elite prospect as a sophomore, Barnett validated his growing reputation with an All-State first team selection as a junior. The proof was in the pudding, as Wolverines’ running back Michael Warren rushed for a school record 2,512 yards last fall.
Scouting Report: Barnett currently plays tackle but projects as a guard in college thanks to his strong run-blocking skills. Has the mobility to reach-block and the power to drive opponents backwards. Does not have great edge quickness and length as a pass blocker, but he can effectively punch and mirror in a short set. Check out Barnett’s video highlights here.
Comparison: Cyril Richardson. Like the two-time All-American from Baylor, Barnett is also a tackle who will move to guard at the next level. Richardson was a game-changing run blocker in college and Barnett has the potential to be the same type of player.
Recruiting Skinny: The in-state Sooners are considered the favorite with Alabama in a close second. Stanford and Texas Tech are on the periphery as well.
School: McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.)
Teammate and fellow Class of 2015 top recruit Taj Griffin (RB) has received much of the notoriety at McEachern, but it’s Edoga who has the most upside of the pair. Edoga’s athleticism for a tackle is what makes his potential so great, but he has plenty of present-day skill as well, which he displayed as a Georgia Class AAAAAA All-State first-teamer in 2013.
Scouting Report: Edoga has a lengthy frame with plenty of room for physical growth. Utilizes his length and quick feet to shut down opposing pass rushers. Blends great leverage, strength and tenacity to open holes in the run game. Could quickly become an impact college player. Check out Edoga’s video highlights here.
Comparison: Russell Okung. Okung weighed less at the same stage of his career, but they are both elite athletes with great feet and quickness to protect the edge.
Recruiting Skinny: Edoga has a top four of Tennessee, USC, Georgia and Stanford, with a decision scheduled for May 25. The Vols are Edoga’s favorite, while his mom is known to be a fan of Georgia and Stanford.
School: North Gwinnett (Suwanee, Ga.)
Hyatt made a name for himself as a sophomore when he held his own against Class of 2013 top recruit Robert Nkemdiche in the Georgia Class AAAAAA state playoffs. As a junior, Hyatt took it to another level and joined Edoga on the All-State first team. Hyatt is an elite athlete like Edoga, but even more impressive considering he stands 6-foot-6.
Scouting Report: Hyatt has ideal size for an offensive tackle prospect, but he will need to continue filling out. Excels in pass protection thanks to his technical skill and size. Flashes explosive pop as a downhill run blocker as well as the ability to get into the second level and finish with physicality. Check out Hyatt’s video highlights here.
Comparison: Lane Johnson. A first-round pick of the Eagles in 2013, Johnson entered college at Oklahoma as a raw prospect with tremendous upside. Hyatt will enter college in need of refinement but with the potential to be great.
Recruiting Skinny: Hyatt committed to Clemson on Feb. 5, choosing the Tigers over Ohio State, Georgia and Auburn. It certainly didn’t hurt that Hyatt’s uncle, Dan Benish, played on Clemson’s 1981 national championship team.
School: Apopka (Fla.)
Ivey has proved to be one of the most versatile offensive line prospects the past two seasons at Apopka. After playing guard on the Blue Darters’ Class 8A state title team as a sophomore, Ivey kicked out to tackle as a junior and helped lead an injury-plagued team back to the state championship game. Along the way, Ivey helped clear the way for an offense that piled up 5,962 rushing yards and a state record 751 points.
Scouting Report: Arguably the most versatile offensive line prospect in the class. Has great natural strength and athleticism to perform at a high level on the interior or the edge. An agile pass blocker, but his greatest strength is as a run blocker who can drive bigger defensive linemen off the ball or reach faster linebackers in the second level. Check out Ivey’s video highlights here.
Comparison: Cyrus Kouandjio. Kouandjio entered Alabama without much pass protection experience, but it didn’t prevent him from starting on two national title teams and earning All-American honors last fall. Ivey will arrive at college with a similar lack of pass pro experience, but he also has the tools to excel.
Recruiting Skinny: Florida has been the long-standing favorite to win Ivey’s signature, but the Gators face stiff competition from Alabama, Auburn, Florida State and others. Ivey has unofficially visited Florida more than any other school.
School: Keller (Texas)
Teuhema hasn’t piled up the individual accolades or state titles like many of the others on this list due to playing for teams that have combined to go 8-12 the past two seasons, but he makes up for that with perhaps the most imposing size of any prospect in the class. The younger brother of 2014 LSU signee Sione Teuhema, Maea has more than held his own against Metroplex powers like Southlake Carroll and Fossil Ridge.
Scouting Report: Teuhema has the size and striking power to dominate his current level of competition. Has a massive frame that anchors power rushers and deceptive agility to mirror quick edge rushers. Will jolt defenders back and engulf them in run blocking. A candidate to move to guard at the next level. Check out Teuhema’s video highlights here.
Comparison: Vadal Alexander. Alexander earned All-SEC Freshman Team honors in 2012 after playing all 13 games for the Tigers, thanks in large part to his 6-foot-6, 340-pound frame. With similar size and run blocking skills, Teuhema hopes to also make an instant impact.
Recruiting Skinny: Maea and Sione initially committed together to Texas in May of 2013 but decommitted when Mack Brown resigned from the Longhorns. Sione went on to sign with LSU, and Maea committed to the Tigers on Feb. 5.
School: Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
Bello moved to the United States from Nigeria late last summer, and he has shown huge potential in his short time in his new home. With a boxing and soccer background, the long-armed tackle prospect has flashed athletic characteristics college coaches covet in their linemen. It should go without saying Bello is a raw prospect, but that fact hasn’t stopped programs like Florida, Florida State, Alabama, Miami (Fla.) and Tennessee from offering him a scholarship. Check out Bello’s video highlights here.