Breaking Down Top Offensive Line Recruits on the Opening 2014 Watch List
The Opening 2013 has come and gone, but a few notable 2015 offensive linemen recruits are already receiving attention for the 2014 version of Nike's elite recruiting camp.
StudentSports.com has released a watch list, which features some of the best offensive tackle recruits in the 2015 class. These players will have to earn their way to The Opening over the course of the next year, but for now, the linemen on this list have an inside track to Oregon.
These three elite offensive line recruits highlight the list.
Maea Teuhema, 5-star OT, Keller High School (Texas) *Texas Commitment
Teuhema is the only 5-star recruit in this group, both according to 247Sports and the 247Sports composite rankings. He checks in at 6'4.5'' and 346 pounds, which is massive for a rising junior.
Teuhema is fast, powerful and agile for his size. He has a great first step and gets out of his stance quickly. He can get to the second level and wall off defenders in the run game. He'll also be able to move his feet, get his head to the outside and reach block defensive ends to set the edge.
He has tremendous upper-body strength and is a pancake block waiting to happen. Teuhema will thrive as both a run-blocker and pass-blocker because of his size and speed.
Tristen Hoge, 4-star OT, Highland High School (Idaho)
Hoge is another notable lineman on the watch list with great size and speed. At 6'5'', 287 pounds, Hoge runs an impressive 4.90 40 (247Sports). The 247Sports composite rankings list him as the No. 6 offensive tackle in the class, but his tape features him playing center. Even so, he does project nicely at offensive tackle because of his size, strength and agility.
Hoge plays with great pad level and has a terrific understanding of leverage and angles. He gets a strong push at the point of attack, but he's also quick enough to chip off to the second level and get on a linebacker. Hoge isn't afraid of contact, and his versatility will be a plus in college.
LSU and Notre Dame are the teams on top of his 247Sports interest list.
Fred Ulu-Perry, 4-star OC, Saint Louis School (Hawaii)
In complete opposite fashion of Hoge, Ulu-Perry plays offensive tackle but is ranked as the No. 1 center recruit, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Like the other two linemen on this list, Ulu-Perry has great feet, agility and strength. He really sets himself apart with fundamentals.
He has a good kick-step as a pass-blocker and explosive hands. Ulu-Perry does a phenomenal job of extending his hands and "punching" defenders in the chest plate, and he uses leverage and a strong base to keep them at bay. He's strong and tough enough to set the edge as a run-blocker.
Ulu-Perry doesn't have an offer or interest list yet, according to 247Sports.
Note: All scouting and analysis done by writer, via tape study of film provided on each recruit's 247Sports profile page.
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