Recruiting: Top Offensive Tackles

Aug. 19, 2005

CSTV Recruiting with Tom Lemming
Generation Next

By Tom Lemming

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1. Andre Smith, Huffman (Ala.), 6-5, 320 lbs., 4.99 (40-yard dash)

Without question, Smith is the most talented offensive line prospect from the South. Make no mistake. This is no made-up, Internet All-American: he is the real deal. The Alabama native -- who would have been the nation's No. 1-ranked lineman last season -- took MVP honors at the U.S. Army combine in January, shocking onlookers with his tremendous quickness and uncommonly adept body control for a big guy. He's gone on to become the most recruited lineman in the country. Smith has not allowed a sack in his prep career. Everyone in the country is calling, but Southern Cal, Oklahoma, Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Louisiana State, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee are the designated frontrunner.


2. Carl Johnson, Southern (N.C.), 6-6, 340 lbs., 5.1

Johnson, the No. 1 player in North Carolina and, and Smith are the top two prospects east of the Mississippi. The Southern product is huge, with a winning combination of long arms, quick feet and an aggressive style of play. If Johnson is not an All-American then no one will be. Last season, he graded out at 90 percent of his blocking assignments and didn't allow a sack. He's the first great catch this year for Urban Meyer at Florida.


3. Sam Young, Aquinas (Fla.), 6-7, 292 lbs., 4.9

A lot of people think Young should be No. 1, but it's tough to beat out Smith and Johnson. As far as technique is concerned, the Florida prospect is the best of the bunch. He never seems to make a false step. Very fluid and very athletic, Young is thin now -- at 292 lbs. -- but he'll be a 320-pounder as a left tackle in college. He claims no favorite, but several schools have offered including Florida, Michigan, Penn State, Notre Dame, Miami, Louisiana State, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Boston College and USC.


4. Steve Schilling, Bellevue (Wash.), 6-5, 290 lbs., 4.9

Schilling is the No. 1 offensive lineman in the West after helping lead Bellevue to back-to-back state titles. Already, he has the build of a major college tackle -- he's well ahead of kids his own age. A great ball-rusher and a natural leader, he earned first-team All-State honors in 2004 while grading out at well over 90 percent of his blocking assignments. His leading schools reportedly include Washington, Michigan, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Miami.


5. Jake Bscherer, Sturgeon Bay (Wisc.), 6-7, 275 lbs., 5.1

Bscherer is the No. 1 player in Wisconsin. If he lived in Chicago or Los Angeles or Houston, he'd probably be ranked as one of the premier players in the country. But since he's way up in Sturgeon Bay, not too many people have seen him yet. He came down to San Antonio two years ago for the combine as was one of the best lineman there as only a sophomore. He looks thin, but he's an exceptional athlete with a great handle on technique. Bscherer committed very early to Wisconsin, which is another reason a lot of people aren't talking about him -- sometimes when you commit real early and you're from far away, nobody even cares about you anymore. At any rate, he'll be an impact player and an All-American at Wisconsin within three years.


6. Clifton Geathers, Carvers Bay (S.C.), 6-7, 281 lbs., 4.8

The top-ranked recruit in South Carolina could be an All-American at tackle or defensive end. While Geathers seems to prefer end, he's more effective at tackle. He appears real thin at 280 lbs., but he benches 315 and has a remarkable 35-inch vertical leap. What's more, the bloodlines are there. His uncle, Jumpy Geathers, was a star in the NFL. His father also played, and his brother currently plays defensive end for the Cincinnati Bengals. People think Clifton might be the best of the bunch.


7. Jared Odrick, Lebanon (Pa.), 6-6, 285 lbs., 5.0

Odrick has All-American potential at left tackle, guard, defensive tackle and defensive end. A big, muscular kid, he's looks like he already belongs in college. The Pennsylvania native is a bull, straight-ahead blocker, -- just devastating once he gets a hold of the defender. He doesn't play with a lot of finesse, using his brute strength and power almost exclusively. At end, he netted 90 tackles, 8.0 sacks and 20 tackles for losses at 2004. At left tackle, he graded out at over 90 percent in his blocking assignments. He's listed six leaders: Penn State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Iowa, Virginia and Miami.


8. Aaron Brown, Princeton (Ohio), 6-6, 287 lbs., 5.0

In person, Brook looks as if he belongs in the NFL already. He's not as good as he's going to be, but he has the potential to be great. He just needs a little more work. All signs would indicate that he will realize his enormous potential in college. As a sophomore, he averaged 10 points and 8.0 rebounds a game as a center for Princeton's basketball team. Brown hasn't chosen any favorites -- the race is wide open. Don't overlook Michigan, Ohio State, Florida, Miami, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Louisiana State, Michigan State and Florida State.


9. Antonio Logan-El, Forestville (Md.), 6-5, 305 lbs., 5.0

Logan-El is another guy that's been somewhat forgotten because he committed a long time ago to Maryland. He is an athletic big guy who can pull and trap, and can redirect really well for a big guy. Fluid and athletic, he graded out at over 90 percent in his blocking assignments. On defense, he totaled 39 tackles, 4.0 sacks and 11 tackles for losses at defensive tackle. During the winter, he averaged 7.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game as a center for the basketball team.


10. Bartley Webb, Springdale (Ark.), 6-7, 290 lbs., 5.4

Webb and teammate Mitch Mustain (the nation's second-ranked quarterback prospect) are the two best players from Arkansas. Webb kind of looks like Sam Young: tall and thin with long arms. He's a left tackle that's protected Mustain for the last couple years. He'll probably tip the scales around 320 in college. Today, he's a four-star player. He's nearly a five-star player, but he's not strong enough yet -- strength is all his game lacks. He's committed to Notre Dame.



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