Power Ranking Top 10 OL Recruits in Class of 2015

Tyler Donohue@@TDsTakeNational Recruiting AnalystMarch 7, 2014

Power Ranking Top 10 OL Recruits in Class of 2015

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    Georgia prospect Mitch Hyatt.
    Georgia prospect Mitch Hyatt.Credit: 247Sports

    Offensive linemen are arguably the most difficult prospects to project when looking for players who are prepared for a transition to college. Many prospects dominate in high school with sheer raw strength, regularly owning a significant size advantage against every defender they face.

    The game changes at the next level, where everyone is physically powerful and speed-rushers are everywhere. We reviewed film for many of America's premier 2015 linemen, looking for aggression, explosiveness and developed fundamentals.

    Here's an examination of our top 10 recruits and which teams may be in the mix for their commitment.

10. Richie Petitbon

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    Size: 6'4", 301 pounds

    School: Gonzaga High School (Washington, D.C.)

     

    Junior Season Highlights

    The Eagles reached the playoffs and featured a dominant rushing attack with Richie Petitbon paving the way. Gonzaga gained 2,400 yards on the ground, according to AL.com.

     

    Scouting Report

    Petitbon comes from a football family. His grandfather was an NFL All-Pro safety and coached the Washington Redskins. His dad played at Maryland.

    This lineage has left him with excellent awareness on the field. He anticipates what the defense is sending in his direction and quickly reacts.

    His efforts aren't restricted to the line of scrimmage. He disengages and quickly gets to the second level, sealing off space by blocking a linebacker.

    He projects favorably as a guard in college.

     

    Recruitment Status

    Petitbon is a primary target for Alabama, which continues to produce NFL linemen on a perennial basis. He's spent significant time in Tuscaloosa and figures to line up an official visit in the future. There will be some local pressure to continue a family legacy by attending Maryland, while Penn State, LSU and Boston College are also in the picture.

9. Trevor Elbert

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    Size: 6'5", 290 pounds

    School: Rockwall-Heath High School (Rockwall, Texas)

     

    Junior Season Highlights

    Trevor Elbert anchored the offensive line for a team that averaged 179 rushing yards per game, according to MaxPreps. The Hawks had four games with at least 230 yards on the ground.

     

    Scouting Report

    Elbert is excellent off the snap, gaining position with a quick first series of steps. The tackle prospect shoots out of his stance and gets his hands inside the defender, violently turning an opponent's shoulders and taking him out of the play.

    His pad level tends to get a little high at times, which takes away from lower-body power. He finishes plays with authority and is intent on stacking up pancakes throughout a game.

     

    Recruitment Status

    He committed to Texas A&M in January. Elbert chose the Aggies over Texas, Oklahoma and Alabama.

8. Matt Burrell

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    Credit: 247Sports

    Size: 6'5.75", 290 pounds

    School: C.D. Hylton High School (Woodbridge, Va.)

     

    Junior Season Highlights

    Matthew Burrell was a driving force behind one of Virginia's most dominant attacks. The Bulldogs averaged nearly 300 rushing yards per game en route to a 10-win campaign, per MaxPreps.

     

    Scouting Report

    Burrell is a bullying tackle prospect who picks apart the defensive front with powerful force and continuous push. He's a relentless run-blocker who keeps his legs churning through the whistle.

    His knee bend remains a work in progress, and he looks tight at times. He can make footwork improvements to handle speedy edge-rushers in college.

     

    Recruitment Status

    SEC rivals Florida, Alabama, South Carolina and Georgia are pushing hard for a commitment. Florida State and Michigan State extended offers in February. Burrell attended a recent junior day at Virginia Tech.

7. Jerry Tillery

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    Size: 6'5.5", 315 pounds

    School: Evangel Christian Academy (Shreveport, La.)

     

    Junior Season Highlights

    Jerry Tillery helped the Eagles advance to state semifinal action.

     

    Scouting Report

    Tillery is a massive tackle who excels in the run game. He's a road grader who maintains excellent pad level and dominates at the point of attack.

    His footwork as a pass-blocker requires refinement, as he often sacrifices technique to reach the edge. He is athletic enough to compete against versatile defensive ends but won't dominate the edge until he develops a reliable slide step.

     

    Recruitment Status

    He committed to Notre Dame after his sophomore year. Still, LSU remains in the hunt and hosted Tillery for a junior day in February.

6. Josh Wariboko

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    Credit: 247Sports

    Size: 6'3.5", 280 pounds

    School: Casady High School (Oklahoma City)

     

    Junior Season Highlights

    Josh Wariboko earned an invitation to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl after a six-win season.

     

    Scouting Report

    He remains a relatively raw prospect but displays promise of serious potential. Wariboko is a bit top-heavy in his blocking technique but overpowers opponents with brute force.

    His really stands out in the run game, and he moves laterally well for his size. He already knows how to finish off blocks. Once he has a better understanding of how to start them from a fundamental standpoint, he'll be a complete guard.

     

    Recruitment Status

    Wariboko became the first member of Oklahoma's 2015 recruiting class when he committed last June. Despite his pledge, offers continue to come in bunches. Arkansas, Florida State and Texas joined the process in February.

5. Jalin Barnett

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    Size: 6'4", 315 pounds

    School: Lawton High School (Lawton, Okla.)

     

    Junior Season Highlights

    The Wolverines were unstoppable on the ground throughout an 11-1 campaign. Jalin Barnett led the charge up front for a team that averaged 313 rushing yards per contest, according to MaxPreps.

     

    Scouting Report

    Barnett is the most impressive guard prospect in America. He is versatile enough to compete at right tackle in college but has the makings of an All-American player inside.

    His athleticism allows him to reach targeted spots with a surge, overwhelming defenders. The hand technique is exceptional, and he takes control at the point of contact, creating massive holes for the running back.

     

    Recruitment Status

    Oklahoma aims to add Barnett to a class that already features 4-star in-state tackle Josh Wariboko. The Sooners should be considered a strong favorite, with Alabama, Texas Tech and Stanford providing competition.

4. Martez Ivey

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    Size: 6'6", 280 pounds

    School: Apopka High School (Apopka, Fla.)

     

    Junior Season Highlights

    The Blue Darters advanced to a state title game, with Martez Ivey overwhelming opponents. His efforts earned him a U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection.

     

    Scouting Report

    Ivey is the most athletically gifted offensive lineman on this list. His frame, though powerful, is predominately sleek.

    He leaves room for 20-30 solid pounds at the next level. Ivey, a tackle, attacks the second level and eliminates linebackers on a consistent basis.

    His quickness allows coaches to use him as a lead blocker downfield, where he cleans up the mess and clears a path. His most crucial improvements will occur in the passing game, where he can still be burnt by a good move.

     

    Recruitment Status

    Ivey is a coveted prospect in the Sunshine State, where Florida appears to be the favorite. He spent time at Auburn and Alabama in February.

3. Maea Teuhema

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    Credit: 247Sports

    Size: 6'4.5", 346 pounds

    School: Keller High School (Keller, Texas)

     

    Junior Season Highlights

    The Indians finished 5-5, but Maea Teuhema was honored as a first-team all-state selection.

     

    Scouting Report

    Teuhema may be the most physically imposing offensive tackle of this group. He engages with violent physicality and wears down defenders during the course of a contest.

    His reach allows him to provide outstanding protection on pass plays, while the footwork is a slight work in progress. He may ultimately line up at guard, but tackle is likely his initial collegiate landing spot.

     

    Recruitment Status

    Teuhema flipped his commitment from Texas to LSU on signing day 2014. Texas A&M and Baylor will continue to give chase, but the Tigers are a heavy favorite after signing his older brother Sione in February.

2. Chuma Edoga

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    Size: 6'4", 280 pounds

    School: McEachern High School (Powder Springs, Ga.)

     

    Junior Season Highlights

    Chuma Edoga was an all-state selection on an 11-win squad.

     

    Scouting Report

    The powerful tackle has lined up against some of America's top defensive ends and enjoyed success. He is fearless in pass blocking, displaying elite short-area speed when cutting off angles to the quarterback.

    When it's time to run the football, Edoga is the guy you want to follow. He blows opponents off the ball before ditching them to get his hands on the next defender.

    He is tenacious and confident enough to compete for playing time in college right now.

     

    Recruitment Status

    Edoga earned offers from USC, Stanford and LSU in October. Tennessee is the biggest threat to pry him away from Georgia.

1. Mitch Hyatt

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    Size: 6'5.5", 271 pounds

    School: North Gwinnett High School (Suwannee, Ga.)

     

    Junior Season Highlights

    North Gwinnett reached the state title game with Hyatt leading the way. He was named a MaxPreps All-American.

     

    Scouting Report

    Hyatt has few flaws as a left tackle prospect. His frame allows him to compete at 300-310 pounds in college.

    He is an advanced technician as a pass protector. Quick hands and impeccable footwork enable him to essentially shut down his side of the line.

    He maintains balance and knee bend, eliminating the need to rely on raw strength in the trenches. He has three-year starter written all over him.

     

    Recruitment Status

    He committed to Clemson on signing day 2014. The Tigers hope to make it last all year, while Auburn, Georgia and Florida aim to change his plans.

     

    All prospect information and statistics courtesy of 247Sports unless otherwise noted.