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May 10, 2013
Rivals Camp Series: Top offensive linemen
The regional portion of the Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour is over, wrapping up in Chicago and totaling 15 events around the country. Rivals.com breaks down the best of the best at each position with a look at the offensive linemen today. Led by Notre Dame commitment Quenton Nelson, who dominated the RCS in Newark, here's the list of big men on offense.
(Note: The following list does not necessarily reflect future changes in prospect rankings; it is based only on performances at regional Rivals Camp Series events. Many other factors and events will be taken into account before updated rankings are revealed the week of May 20. This list is for the class of 2014 only. Underclassmen will be listed separately.)
RIVALS CAMP SERIES TOP OFFENSIVE LINEMEN
1. OL Quenton Nelson, Red Bank (N.J.) Red Bank CatholicNelson was simply dominant at the New Jersey RCS. He cut some of the baby fat from last season and it was easy to see he has spent substantial time in the weight room. Nelson has very quick feet and great lateral quickness for a lineman of his size. The recent Notre Dame commit may have only been beaten once throughout the entire camp.
2. OL Natrell Curtis, Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain PointeCurtis showed up to the Phoenix RCS out of shape and admitted as much during interviews. It mattered not, though, as his talent shined nonetheless. Curtis showed himself to be as fierce a lineman as there is in this class. He finished every rep by driving his opponent into the ground. On the rare occasion that the opposition stayed on its feet, though, they were met with a stern parting shove after the whistle. Curtis didn't lose a rep all afternoon and was dominant for most of the day.
3. OL Joshua Casher, Mobile (Ala.) St. Paul'sCasher's dominance at the RCS Birmingham event was one of the best we've seen on the camp circuit in recent memory. At around 6-foot-1, Casher uses his height to his advantage to get under the pads of his opponent while sitting and anchoring the oncoming bull rush. He has above average strength with his punch, as well as excellent lower body power. His versatility along the line is another huge positive for the nation's No. 2 center prospect.
4. OL Isaiah Wynn, OL, St. Petersburg (Fla.) LakewoodThe Lakewood standout made the trip to Atlanta for the RCS after missing the Florida stops because of an unofficial visit to Vanderbilt. Now, we certainly understand why the 'Dores are putting on the full court press for the stellar combo lineman. Wynn has tremendous feet, athleticism, and the necessary quickness to handle speed rushers. In addition to his great frame, Wynn can wall off defenders once he becomes engaged and ride them completely out of the play.
5. OL Damian Prince, OL, Forestville (Md.) Bishop McNamaraAt the Richmond RCS, Prince showed that he has all the physical tools to be a great left tackle at the next level. The bad footing didn't really affect Prince as he was able to slide to stay in front of defenders. Prince played with a bit of a mean streak and kept defensive linemen at bay.
6. OL KC McDermott, OL, Wellington (Fla.) Palm Beach CentralMcDermott already looks like a bookend BCS tackle, and more importantly, he plays like it. At the RCS Miami stop, McDermott challenged all of the big-name defensive linemen and won his share of reps in one-on-ones. He has long arms and is patient when the ball is snapped, letting his man come to him instead of overextending. The Miami pledge is a student of the game and will join his brother Shane, who is the starting center for the 'Canes, in Coral Gables this summer.
7. OL Demetrius Knox, Fort Worth (Tex.) All Saints EpiscopalKnox entered the Dallas Rivals Camp as one of the top prospects at the event and a Texas commitment. He did not disappoint on the day as he dominated one-on-ones with his upper body strength and smooth footwork. Since the camp, Knox has officially re-opened his recruitment. Just a few weeks ago, he listed UCLA, Oregon, Florida State, Ole Miss, Ohio State, Alabama, and Florida as the schools heavily recruiting him. Texas is no longer in the picture.
8. OL Rod Taylor, Jackson (Miss.) CallawayTaylor just missed winning the OL MVP award at the Birmingham RCS leg of the tour. The four-star road grader was at his best lining up at right tackle in pass protection. He is strong at the point of attack and doesn't allow the opposition to get into a counter move after stopping their initial rush. We also noticed him taking reps at guard and holding his own against some of the bigger interior guys at the camp.
9. OL Marcelys Jones, Cleveland (Ohio) GlenvilleThere were a lot of questions about Jones heading into the off-season, but he answered many of them in winning offensive line MVP at the Pittsburgh RCS. The 6-foot-4, 350-pound Jones plans to take all his official visits, despite a commitment to Ohio State. However, he says his commitment to the Buckeyes remains strong.
10. OL Terronne Prescod, Decatur (Ga.) ColumbiaPrescod turned heads at the RCS Atlanta stop by displaying good versatility. He took reps at center, guard and tackle, while showing excellent upper body strength. He also has a bit of a mean streak, ideal for his college position, which will likely be at guard or center. Since the camp concluded, Prescod's recruiting interest has skyrocketed, with Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Virginia offering recently and several others expected to come by this spring.
11. OL Garrett Brumfield, Baton Rouge (La.) University Laboratory SchoolBrumfield had a target on his back at the Houston Rivals Camp as one of the top prospects at the event. However, that didn't stop the big man from going to work, right from the start. He routinely put his opponents into the ground and showed the best footwork at the camp and strong technique. Since the camp, Brumfield has decided to stay home and play for LSU.
12. OL Travaris Dorsey, Jacksonville (Fl.) RainesThe Gators commit didn't enter the RCS Orlando trip with a ton of hype because he was already committed. However, he took home the OL MVP award with his outstanding effort. Dorsey moves well for a guy his size and is more of a mauler at this stage that relies on his size and strength. If he continues to progress and refine his technique while staying committed to balancing his weight, Dorsey can be a valuable contributor as a run blocker when he arrives in Gainesville in the summer of 2014.
13. OL Casey Tucker, Chandler (Ariz.) HamiltonSimply put: Tucker was Tucker at the RCS in Phoenix. He was the same strong, polished monster of an offensive lineman that he has always been. He lacked the mean streak of Curtis, but he was nearly as successful during one-on-ones because of his flawless footwork. Tucker carries very little bad weight and already has the body of a college freshman.
14. OL Danny Burns, Fairfield (Ohio) HamiltonBurns is a big, powerful lineman who measured in at 6-foot-6 and 321 pounds at the Cincinnati RCS. What was most impressive, however, and helped Burns win the offensive line MVP award, was how agile he is at that weight. It was easy to see why he has raced out to a double-digit offer count.
15. OL Steven Moss, Fredericksburg (Va.) ChancellorMoss made every one of his few reps at the Richmond RCS count. He is a big, nasty offensive lineman who plays to the echo of the whistle. Moss has pretty good lateral quickness and a very strong punch, but the Virginia commit is more of a right tackle or guard than a left tackle.
16. OL Jacob Bragg, Nacogdoches (Tex.)Every camp we've seen Bragg participate in, he has been a standout, and the Houston RCS was very much the same. He is a little on the small side, but he is mean and he is strong. Bragg currently holds offers from both Kansas and Louisiana Tech. He will be a great addition for some lucky college.
17. OL Alec Eberle, OL, Mechanicsville (Va.) AtleeEberle exceeded expectations at the Richmond RCS. The recent Florida State commit isn't the biggest or strongest offensive lineman, but he anchored very well, despite the slippery conditions. Eberle was also very light on his feet and extended at the correct moment. He split his reps against Da'Shawn Hand, which was very impressive to say the least.
18. OL Josh Krok, Niles (Ohio) McKinleyThe 6-foot-8, 308-pound Krok proved his game consisted of more than just his massive frame in his outing at the Pittsburgh RCS. In the week immediately after his performance in Pittsburgh, Krok added offers from Kentucky and Louisville, to go along with a previous offer from West Virginia.
19. OL Tanner Farmer, Highland (Ill.)The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Farmer came out of nowhere to win the offensive line MVP award at the St. Louis RCS. Farmer had no offers and little Division I attention prior to his RCS showing, but picked up his first offer from the Western Michigan Broncos the day after winning MVP.
20. OL J.C. Hassenauer, OL, Woodbury (Minn.) East RidgeHassenauer's development over the last year came full circle when he took home the offensive line MVP against solid competition at the Chicago RCS. The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Hassenauer is a true offensive center prospect who has collected offers from Minnesota and Vanderbilt.
21. OL Bobby Limon, Kyle (Tex.) LehmanLimon used his strength to overwhelm and overpower his opponents at the Houston RCS. He is an interior prospect and that strength is going to draw attention. He has yet to receive his first offer, but the likes of Houston, Boise State, and Texas have shown an interest.
22. OL Harry Dumervil, Oakland Park (Fla.) NortheastIt's hard to miss Dumervil at 6-foot-7 and close to 375 pounds, so he caught our eye early during height and weight measurements at the RCS Miami showcase. However, in the one-on-one period of camp, he showed he wasn't just a big body that takes up space. He flat out overmatched four-star defensive tackle Khairi Clark on a few reps. His length is ridiculous and he packs a mean punch. Dumervil is still learning the game, but he has the frame and strength to be a sleeper in this class.
23. OL Nathaniel Devers, Massillon (Ohio) WashingtonThe Pittsburgh RCS featured a large collection of massive offensive tackle prospects, but Devers, an interior line prospect, finished as one of the top three performers by displaying strong fundamentals. He came into the camp with a handful of MAC offers, but picked up his first BCS offers from Indiana and Connecticut in the week after his Pittsburgh appearance.
24. OL Bryce Holland, Chandler (Ariz.) HamiltonHolland was one of the Camp Series' surprises. He is slightly undersized for a center, but that didn't stop him from stopping larger tackles in their tracks during the Phoenix RCS. He is as aggressive a lineman as there is in the country and possesses deceiving strength. If Holland were a few inches taller, his offer list would have a much different look. He was in the MVP running for much of the day for a reason, after all.
25. OL Tyler Jones, OL, Stone Mountain (Ga.) StephensonJones projects as a tackle, and during the RCS Atlanta stop, he wasn't afraid to jump in and face off against some of the best talent in the Southeast. He more than held is own, winning several reps and accepting coaching and making adjustments on the reps he didn't win. He recently picked up an offer from Ohio State, while Wake Forest and USF are also making strong pushes for his services.
26. OL Cole Hardin, Florence (Ala.)We don't think Hardin knows the meaning of the word "finesse." His game is nasty and aggressive. The rugged guard was very good in one-on-ones, winning a ton of reps in Birmingham at the RCS. He sustains and finishes his blocks with tenacity. His recruitment should increase this summer as he continues to make the rounds on the offseason camp scene.
27. OL Martesse Patterson, Columbus (Ohio) Marion FranklinPatterson is a big-bodied offensive guard type who draws a lot of his strength from his lower body. He also does a great job staying extended and leveraging defensive linemen. The 6-foot-3, 310-pound prospect has had little attention from BCS programs early in the process, but that could change after a solid RCS Cincinnati performance.
28. OL Dakota Tallman, OL, Elyria (Ohio) Elyria CatholicThe 6-foot-4, 304-pound Tallman was not as massive as many of the other offensive tackles at the Pittsburgh RCS, but he proved to be more technically skilled than most. Tallman only holds a couple MAC offers, but he could see his stock rise in the coming months because of his versatility and sound fundamentals.
29. OL Jackson Morrison, OL, Maryville (Mo.)Morrison was among the top linemen in attendance at the St. Louis RCS and is still without an offer, which is simply mind-boggling. Morrison has the build and skill to contribute to a BCS-level program, which showed during a run of decisive victories over capable defensive linemen during one-on-one drills at the event. His upper-body strength allows him to manhandle faster opponents and his footwork keeps him in front of bulky tackles. The only knock on Morrison is the fact that he's often not aggressive when finishing blocks.
30. OL Robert Behanan, OL, Fairfield (Ohio)Offensive tackle Danny Burns is drawing most of the attention at Fairfield High in the 2014 class, but his teammate, Behanan, proved at the Cincinnati RCS he has the tools to play at the next level as well. The 6-foot-4, 279-pounder is an athletic interior guard prospect.
31. OL Connor Dintino, OL, Wallingford (Conn.) Choate Rosemary HallDintino might have been the biggest surprise at any of the Rivals Camps. The 6-foot-4, 289-pound Dintino made his way down to the New Jersey RCS from Connecticut and really made his mark. As a center, Dintino beat just about every defensive lineman he went against. He showed the ability to anchor, extend and slide to readjust. Dintino only has two offers right now, but look for more to come.
32. OL Walter Brantley, Hampton (Va.) PhoebusBrantley was also a pleasant surprise at the Richmond RCS. At 6-foot-1, 360-pounds, Brantley looked so massive that it was doubtful he would be able to move fast enough to be effective. However, that wasn't the case, as he definitely proved everyone wrong. His lateral quickness from his guard spot made it very difficult for any defensive lineman to get around him.
33. OL A'Lique Terry, Hialeah (Fla.)Terry is an intelligent center who snaps his hands when firing out. At the RCS Miami event, Terry was very quick off the ball and showed nice balance. Most of the time centers don't stand out in one-on-ones at camps, but Terry showed he can be the "quarterback" of the line for a BCS caliber program.
34. OL Sam Mustipher, Olney (Md.) Good CounselMustipher used the New Jersey RCS to prove what everyone already knew- he has excellent physical gifts to play guard at the next level. The Notre Dame commit has very good footwork and delivers a strong punch. The only problem is that Mustipher punches too early sometimes. He needs to learn to be patient and wait for the right time to strike.
35. OL Brock Ruble, Hyattsville (Md.) DeMathaRuble is an absolute monster on the offensive line. At 6-foot-8, 321-pounds, Ruble, a basketball player in the offseason, has remarkably quick feet for a lineman that size. One of the few problems Ruble showed at the Richmond RCS is staying low enough to not let defensive linemen get under his hands and to the quarterback. Ruble needed to continue to work on getting stronger, which will help his initial punch and anchor.
36. OL Jared McCray, Minford (Ohio)At 6-foot-4 and 321 pounds, McCray looks to be a future right tackle prospect. His solid frame gives him good strength and he moves his feet well for a big lineman. A couple weeks after his performance at the Cincinnati RCS, McCray accepted a scholarship offer from the Louisville Cardinals.
37. OL Austin Chambers, OL, Shawnee Mission (Kan.) Shawnee Mission WestChambers is a massive kid and used that size to his advantage at the RCS in Chicago. For a big man, Chambers moves his feet well, plays with good leverage and has a good base. He showed good knee bend and agility for his size, and it's puzzling why he only has two offers -- Kansas and BYU -- so far.
38. OL Brian Allen, Hinsdale (Ill.) Hinsdale CentralThe centers were the class of the offensive line group at the Chicago RCS, with the 6-foot-1, 285-pound Allen among the top three performers. Allen came into the camp committed to Michigan State, and had several good battles with his future teammate, defensive tackle Enoch Smith Jr..
39. OL Tony Adams, Charlotte (N.C.) IndependenceDespite playing only one season of offensive line in high school, Adams turned heads with an excellent showing at the RCS Charlotte. He has very solid technique for a player new to the position and will likely play center at the next level. Several schools are pursuing Adams, including North Carolina, N.C. State, Duke and Wake Forest, but none have pulled the trigger on an offer yet.
40. OL Jamie Herr, Elkton (Md.) Eastern Christian AcademyAt the New Jersey RCS, Herr showed a ton of improvement from last year. He has replaced some of the baby fat with muscle and still has the mean streak, getting that last shove in before the play is dead. Herr's technique still needs some refinement. However, he needs to play lower to have better leverage and needs to continue to get stronger so he can have a better initial punch.
41. OL John Biscardi, Fleming Island (Fla.)Biscardi was an under-the-radar player before the start of the RCS Orlando event. Although he doesn't have any offers up to this point, he is a solid guard prospect that should land an FBS offer by the start of his senior campaign. The interior stalwart sticks to his man while keeping his hands inside. He does a good job with his technique as opposed to fighting or wrestling the defender.