Cameron Robinson, Alabama
When asked on ESPN's SportsCenter in July if Cameron Robinson would start at tackle for the Tide, head coach Nick Saban said, "I don't think there's any question about it." If that's not a ringing endorsement, what is?
Robinson comes to Alabama as the No. 4 overall prospect and top offensive tackle prospect from the 2014 class. Expectations are high, and it looks like he'll play right away.
Damian Prince, Maryland
Damian Prince was a 5-star tackle and the highlight of Maryland's 2014 class. However, he's since made the switch to guard, which could give him a good chance to start for the Terps right away—or at least contribute as a rotational player.
Maryland's offense has talent, especially with receivers Stefon Diggs and Deon Long, but the Terps haven't been able to stay healthy. Provided that changes, Maryland's offense could take off, and Prince could play a big role in that.
Trevor Darling, Miami (FL)
The Hurricanes signed two touted linemen in the 2014 class: Trevor Darling and Kc McDermott. According to Miami's recent two-deep, Darling is slated to start at right tackle while McDermott is a backup at left tackle.
Theoretically, both could make a big impact this year. Experience and size up front isn't an issue for Miami, but depth had been a concern. Since Darling is slotted to start, he gets the edge over McDermott, but it wouldn't be surprising to see either on a freshman All-American list somewhere by year's end.
Toa Lobendahn, USC
USC went heavy—so to speak—on offensive linemen in its 2014 class. Because of depth and experience concerns, there's a good chance most or all of them could play right away.
According to Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times, Toa Lobendahn is "on track to start at left guard." USC's unusual role as a Pac-12 South sleeper may come down to whether the O-line can give the offense enough room to get things going.
If it succeeds, the job Lobendahn and others did won't be overstated.
Braden Smith, Auburn
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn isn't sure if he'll play Braden Smith as a freshman. However, the first-year player is already drawing comparisons to former Tigers lineman Greg Robinson, who went No. 2 overall in the 2014 NFL draft.
"He's still learning, but he's a very smart young man, and he really, I mean, I know comparisons now, but when Greg Robinson was a freshman, there's a lot of similarities," Malzahn said via