CFB Future 100: Top 19 Offensive Linemen in Class of 2017

Bleacher Report College Football StaffFeatured ColumnistFebruary 12, 2016

CFB Future 100: Top 19 Offensive Linemen in Class of 2017

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    Bleacher Report

    After a thorough study using specific scoring criteria, Bleacher Report national recruiting analysts Damon SaylesSanjay Kirpalani and Tyler Donohue have graded the top 100 players in the 247Sports composite rankings and provided in-depth analysis on each young athlete. Bleacher Report will run a position-by-position breakdown series of the best college football recruits in the 2017 class. Here, we present the Top Offensive Linemen. 


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    Athleticism is now a non-negotiable trait for players who do the dirty work along the offensive line.

    Whether lining up in the interior or dealing with fast-twitch pass-rushers on the outside, players who protect the line of scrimmage for the offense must be able to mix size with agility across the front line.

    The 2017 crop of offensive linemen dominate the early portion of the nation’s Top 100 overall prospects.

    5-star offensive tackle and current Ohio State pledge Josh Myers paces the field, but he’s joined by 16 other offensive linemen who have already flashed on the radar of colleges across the nation, including five additional players currently pegged as 5-star prospects.

    The latest edition of the future CFB 100 series focuses on the top offensive linemen in the 2017 class.

    Bleacher Report scored the top offensive guards and centers on key metrics such as strength (20 points), pass protection (30 points), run blocking (40 points) and explosion (10 points). Offensive tackles were graded on their hands (25 points), power (15 points), lateral quickness (25 points), pass protection (25 points) and run blocking (10 points).

    The cumulative figures from those traits resulted in our overall grade of each prospect. 

    How do the nation’s top offensive linemen grade out? 

    Note: OT denotes offensive tackle and OG denotes offensive guard.

19. 4-Star OT Austin Troxell

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    Height/Weight: 6’7”, 275 lbs

    High School: Madison Academy; Madison, Alabama

    247Sports Ranking: No. 17 OT, No. 89 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida and Florida State 

    After sending stud running backs Kerryon Johnson and Malik Miller to Auburn over the last two classes, the next star recruit from Madison Academy in Madison, Alabama, is 4-star offensive lineman Austin Troxell

    Although he currently holds 19 offers, Troxell's recruitment appears to be shaping up as another battle between in-state titans Alabama and Auburn. 

    Troxell is the No. 3 overall player in the state of Alabama.

     

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Troxell does a great job firing off the ball on the snap as a run-blocker. He's athletic and has the type of lateral quickness necessary to develop into a great pass-blocker. He has the type of frame that could hold added bulk, which will be critical to his development moving forward. Overall, Troxell has the skill set to become a great tackle prospect in a few years. 

18. 4-Star OT Tony Gray

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    Height/Weight: 6’4”, 282 lbs

    High School: Central Gwinnett High School; Lawrenceville, Georgia

    247Sports Ranking: No. 16 OT, No. 82 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 88/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Alabama, Auburn, Boston College, Clemson and Florida

    Another touted rising senior from the metro Atlanta area is 4-star offensive lineman Tony Gray

    Gray has landed more than 20 offers to date, and he visited programs such as Auburn, Georgia and Ohio State last summer.

    Gray is the No. 9 prospect from the state of Georgia in the 2017 cycle. 

     

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Gray's game is all about power right now. He's got great size and is athletic enough to get to the second level consistently in run blocks. In pass protection, more bend and balance should be his goals. That will probably be his biggest adjustment he faces at the next level.

    He's got a good punch with his hands that stymies defenders. He could be dynamite as a guard, but he clearly still has room to develop as a tackle down the road. 

17. 4-Star OT Andrew Thomas

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    Height/Weight: 6’5”, 295 lbs

    High School: Pace Academy; Atlanta, Georgia

    247Sports Ranking: No. 15 OT, No. 80 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Alabama, Arkansas, Clemson, Duke and Georgia

    The metro Atlanta area has produced its share of elite offensive line prospects in recent years such as USC signees Chuma Edoga and E.J. Price.

    The 2017 class is also loaded with quality big men in the trenches such as 4-star offensive lineman Andrew Thomas.

    Thomas compiled 22 offers after his junior season and rates as the No. 11 prospect overall from the Peach State.

     

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Thomas also plays on the defensive line, which shows the type of mean streak he brings with him when he lines up on offense. On the hoof, Thomas is a great-looking athlete who carries his weight well. As an offensive tackle, he has the type of frame you want.

    He's more advanced as a run-blocker (9/10 points) at this stage of his career. He uses his hands and length well to keep defenders engaged. He's strong at the point of attack. Keeping his balance and footwork are areas he could improve upon. However, Thomas is a raw talent with tremendous upside heading into his senior year.

16. 4-Star OG Tyrese Robinson

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    Height/Weight: 6’5”, 305 lbs

    High School: McKinney Boyd High School; McKinney, Texas

    247Sports Ranking: No. 2 OG, No. 77 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Oklahoma on Jan. 30, 2016

    Right before national signing day, Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops and his staff received a boost in the 2017 class with the commitment of 4-star offensive lineman Tyrese Robinson

    Robinson selected the Sooners over offers from programs such as Arkansas, Auburn, Michigan, TCU and Texas.

    The 6’5”, 305-pounder is the No. 11 overall prospect from the state of Texas in the 2017 cycle.

     

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Robinson is a mauler who has the speed and athleticism to consistently get to the second level of his blocks in the run game (38/40 points). He’s got great power and strength in his lower body, which helps him establish a great base and keeps him balanced. His pass sets need work and he can get high in his stance at times. However, he has the frame, attitude and tools to develop into a quality interior lineman at the next level.

15. 4-Star OT Chuck Filiaga

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    Height/Weight: 6’5”, 275 lbs

    High School: Vista Murrieta High School; Murietta, California

    247Sports Ranking: No. 14 OT, No. 72 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Florida, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Oregon and USC

    One of the fastest-rising prospects in the 2017 cycle is 4-star offensive lineman Chuck Filiaga.

    Filiaga's offer list exploded at the beginning of February, and it shows no signs of slowing down.

    Filiaga rates as the No. 9 overall prospect from the state of California.

     

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Filiaga is an athletic tackle who demonstrates great agility and lateral quickness in pass protection. He has good power at the point of attack in the run game. He needs to add weight to his frame. Assuming he can do that without sacrificing his athleticism, he has the tools to be a solid tackle prospect in a couple of years. 

14. 4-Star OT Micah Clark

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    Height/Weight: 6’5”, 283 lbs

    High School: St. John Vianney Regional High School; Holmdel, New Jersey

    247Sports Ranking: No. 13 OT, No. 66 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Clemson, Iowa, Michigan State, North Carolina and Ohio State 

    The top overall prospect from New Jersey in the 2017 cycle is 4-star offensive lineman Micah Clark.

    Clark has already amassed 17 offers, and he's already taken unofficial visits to programs such as Ohio State and Penn State.

    Next up on his travel agenda is a visit to in-state Big Ten member Rutgers on the weekend of Feb. 13.  

     

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    From an athleticism standpoint, Clark's ceiling is off the charts. He's spent time playing defensive end in high school. As a tackle prospect, Clark fires off the ball and gets his defender on roller skates in the run game.

    He's still raw in the pass-blocking element. But assuming he can add some bulk and his athleticism translates to footwork and consistency in pass sets, Clark has the potential to be a starting tackle at a big-time program.

     

13. 4-Star OT Austin Deculus

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    Height/Weight: 6’6”, 315 lbs

    High School: Cy-Fair High School; Cypress, Texas 

    247Sports Ranking: No. 12 OT, No. 62 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 89/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame and Oklahoma

    Nebraska represents the latest school to offer 4-star offensive lineman Austin Deculus.

    The last program to receive a visit from the Texas big man was in-state power Baylor, which got him on campus last month for its junior day. 

    Deculus, who is the No. 12 overall prospect from the Lone Star State, holds 28 offers heading into the spring.

     

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Deculus is equipped with the type of size and athleticism necessary to make the transition to the college level. At 315 pounds, he's agile enough to slide his feet in pass protection. His lateral quickness overall could stand to improve, but he does a great job in firing off the ball and getting leverage on his run blocks. He's a prospect who has a lot of natural ability and a high ceiling moving forward. 

     

12. 4-Star OT Jake Moretti

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    Height/Weight: 6’5”, 285 lbs

    High School: Pomona High School; Arvada, Colorado

    247Sports Ranking: No. 11 OT, No. 61 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 88/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Ohio State on July 4, 2015

    One reason Ohio State has gotten off to a fast start is because the Buckeyes have landed six prospects rated among the nation's Top 100 overall recruits.

    One of their early pledges came from 4-star offensive lineman Jake Moretti.

    Moretti, who is the No. 2 overall prospect from Colorado, committed to the Buckeyes over offers from Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame and USC, among others. 

     

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Moretti plays with a nasty streak, which is evident when you watch him finish blocks more than 10 yards down the field. He has the type of size and frame you want in an offensive lineman entering college. He needs to work on developing his pass sets and mastering his footwork in pass protection. Also, he will need to add some muscle, but he has a nice set of tools to work with at the next level.  

11. 4-Star OT Trey Smith

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    Height/Weight: 6’5”, 290 lbs

    High School: University School of Jackson; Jackson, Tennessee

    247Sports Ranking: No. 10 OT, No. 58 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Ole Miss and Tennessee

    One of the select few underclassmen who was invited to The Opening last season was 4-star offensive lineman Trey Smith.

    Smith has already landed 21 offers heading into the spring, and he's taken unofficial visits to programs such as Clemson, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Tennessee within the last six months. 

    Smith is the No. 4 overall prospect from the state of Tennessee.

     

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Smith's brute power (14/15 points) is evident on film, as his tape is littered with pancake blocks. He's a big-time athlete at 290 pounds, but he moves like a player who weighs around 260. He does a great job of anchoring and setting a good base in pass protection.

    While he will need to add some mass at the college level, Smith has several qualities that project favorably to becoming a dominant player in college.

     

10. 4-Star OT Alex Leatherwood

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    Height/Weight: 6’5”, 297 lbs

    High School: Washington High School; Pensacola, Florida

    247Sports Ranking: No. 9 OT, No. 52 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Alabama on June 2, 2015

    The second prospect to join Alabama’s No. 2 rated 2017 class was 4-star offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood.

    Since his commitment to the Tide, schools such as Auburn, Louisville, Miami, LSU, Tennessee and USC have offered him.

    In-state powers Florida and Florida State—both of whom have already offered Leatherwood—are among the programs hoping to get Leatherwood to flip his pledge.

     

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Athleticism and agility are two traits that jump out when watching Leatherwood’s tape. His lateral quickness (23/25 points) is advanced for a lineman at this stage, although the rest of his game is rather raw. He is powerful at the point of attack and he has a frame suitable for holding extra muscle when he gets into a college weight program. Leatherwood brings a load of potential to develop into a quality tackle prospect in college.

     

9. 4-Star OT Jedrick Wills

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    Height/Weight: 6’5”, 315 lbs

    High School: Lafayette High School; Lexington, Kentucky 

    247Sports Ranking: No. 8 OT, No. 38 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 90/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State and Kentucky

    Kentucky head coach Mark Stoops and his staff were able to land major victories in the 2016 class by keeping prized in-state offensive linemen Drake Jackson and Landon Young from leaving the state. 

    Stoops will try to do it again in the current cycle with 4-star offensive lineman Jedrick Wills, who already holds 15 offers and is the top overall prospect from Kentucky. 

     

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Wills is another big body who has spent time lining up along the defensive line in high school. As a tackle prospect, Wills has an intriguing frame and the type of power (14/15 points) necessary to be a force as a run-blocker. He uses his hands to establish a good punch in keeping defenders at arm's length. He has a great motor and mean streak.

    Overall, Wills has an intriguing package of attributes that makes him a potential star at the next level.

     

8. 5-Star OG Jack Anderson

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    Height/Weight: 6’4 ½”, 285 lbs

    High School: Frisco High School; Frisco, Texas

    247Sports Ranking: No. 1 OG, No. 28 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Texas Tech on Oct. 5, 2015

    The top-rated interior offensive line prospect among the nation's Top 100 overall prospects is 5-star offensive guard Jack Anderson.

    Anderson had more than 40 offers to his credit before he committed to Texas Tech last October. 

    Anderson is the No. 3 overall prospect from the state of Texas.

     

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    If there's one word to describe Anderson's style of play, it's aggressive.

    In the run game, he's a wrecking ball who has the power and athleticism to consistently blow open holes. His explosion (9/10 points) off the snap is impressive and allows him to often make it to the second level on run plays. He has the athleticism to hold up in pass protection as well.

    He was impressive at The Opening last year, despite being one of the select few underclassmen at the event. While he will need to add some bulk to his frame, Anderson has the tools to become a dominant guard in college. 

7. 5-Star OT Wyatt Davis

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    Height/Weight: 6’5”, 290 lbs

    High School: St. John Bosco High School; Bellflower, California 

    247Sports Ranking: No. 7 OT, No. 25 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Alabama, Arizona, Michigan, Oklahoma and Washington

    The top offensive lineman from the state of California in the current cycle is 5-star Wyatt Davis.

    The Golden State's No. 4 overall prospect has landed 19 offers to date, with the latest coming from SEC power LSU.

    However, Alabama was the last school to get him on campus, as he was in Tuscaloosa at the end of January for the Tide's junior day. 

     

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Davis does a great job of quickly getting off the snap and keeping his pad level low while driving his man backward in the run game. He's a pancake artist who is often found finishing blocks well beyond the line of scrimmage.

    In pass protection (23/25 points), he does a great job of getting his hands extended early and setting a strong base that allows him to keep his balance. Overall, Davis has good technique for a prep offensive lineman and a frame that allows for him to keep growing as he transitions to the next level.

6. 5-Star Tedarrell Slaton

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    Height/Weight: 6’6”, 338 lbs

    High School: American Heritage High School; Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    247Sports Ranking: No. 6 OT, No. 22 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 91/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Alabama, Duke, Florida State, LSU and Michigan

    American Heritage High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is no stranger to having big-time prospects on its roster.

    The next in line at the South Florida powerhouse is 4-star offensive lineman Tedarrell Slaton

    The massive tackle, who is the No. 6 overall prospect from the Sunshine State, has 11 offers on a list that should grow in the spring. 

     

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    The thing that sticks out about Slaton is how nimbly he moves at nearly 340 pounds. He's got above-average lateral quickness (22/25 points) and his footwork is solid for a player at this stage of his career. He does a great job in setting a strong base in his pass sets and slides his feet well to protect against getting beaten by speed-rushers.

    He can play a little high at times, but overall, Slaton has a college-ready frame and the athleticism to match, which makes him an elite prospect coming out of high school.

5. 5-Star OT Isaiah Wilson

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    Height/Weight: 6’7”, 322 lbs

    High School: Poly Prep Country Day School; Brooklyn, New York

    247Sports Ranking: No. 5 OT, No. 19 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia and Michigan

    One of the most coveted recruits in the northeast region is 5-star offensive lineman Isaiah Wilson

    The top overall prospect from the state of New York, Wilson has amassed nearly 30 offers heading into the spring. 

    As Steve Lorenz of Wolverine247 noted, Michigan is the early leader in the chase for one of 2017's elite offensive line prospects.

     

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Power is the name of the game with Wilson. At this stage of his career, he's still raw in the technical aspects of being an offensive lineman. However, with his frame and sheer athleticism, his potential at the next level is tantalizing.

    Wilson is an outstanding run blocker with the traits necessary to develop into an dominant left tackle in college. 

     

4. 5-Star OT Austin Jackson

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    Height/Weight: 6’5”, 260 lbs

    High School: North Canyon High School; Phoenix, Arizona

    247Sports Ranking: No. 4 OT, No. 14 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon, Texas A&M and USC

    The top overall prospect from the state of Arizona is 5-star offensive lineman Austin Jackson

    Jackson has landed 15 offers heading into the spring. 

    Michigan, Oregon, Texas A&M and USC are among the schools fighting to lure him away from home-state schools Arizona and Arizona State.

     

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    At 260 pounds, Jackson in undoubtedly light for an offensive tackle prospect. However, not many in this class can match his potential from an athletic standpoint. His footwork and lateral quickness in pass protection are especially impressive at this stage of his career. If Jackson can add the necessary muscle to hold up in the trenches of big-time college football, he has a chance to develop into a star tackle prospect. 

     

3. 5-Star OT Foster Sarell

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    Height/Weight: 6’6”, 320 lbs

    High School: Graham Kapowsin High School; Graham, Washington

    247Sports Ranking: No. 3 OT, No. 9 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 94/100

    Recruitment Status: Considering Alabama, Oregon, Stanford, USC and Washington

    Last year, it was Jacob Eason who carried the mantle of being the top overall prospect from the state of Washington.

    This year, that distinction belongs to 5-star offensive lineman Foster Sarell

    The in-state Washington Huskies are hoping to fend off a host of other powerhouses to keep Sarell close to home for college.

     

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    One thing that sticks out with Sarell is how fundamentally sound he is in aspects such as sliding his feet and keeping his balance in pass-protection sets. From a size standpoint, he already possesses prototype measurables for a left tackle. He's a well-rounded lineman who is equally dominant in the run and pass game.

    Overall, Sarell has the skill set and size to make an impact early in his college career.

2. 5-Star OT Calvin Ashley

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    Height/Weight: 6’6”, 305 lbs

    High School: First Academy High School; Orlando, Florida

    247Sports Ranking: No. 2 OT, No. 4 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 93/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Auburn on May 30, 2015

    The top overall prospect from the talent-laden state of Florida is 5-star offensive lineman Calvin Ashley

    Ashley made a surprise commitment to Auburn last spring, but in-state powers Florida and Florida State aren't giving up on the Orlando native.

    According to Josh Newberg of 247Sports, while Ashley remains solidly committed to the Tigers, he plans to take trips to Alabama and Florida State in addition to a trip back to the Plains this spring. 

     

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Ashley is a powerful offensive tackle who has great leg drive and a strong base in his lower body. He does a nice job of using his hands at the point of attack and is athletic and nimble in his using his feet in pass sets.

    He's still got to develop in some technical aspects, such as keeping good balance in pass protection. However, he's got the size and athleticism necessary to be a standout at left tackle in college. 

     

1. 5-Star OT Josh Myers

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    Height/Weight: 6’6”, 290 lbs

    High School: Miamisburg High School; Miamisburg, Ohio

    247Sports Ranking: No. 1 OT, No. 3 overall

    Bleacher Report Score: 92/100

    Recruitment Status: Committed to Ohio State on Jan. 25, 2015

    The bell cow of Ohio State's top-rated 2017 class is 5-star offensive lineman Josh Myers.

    Myers committed to the Buckeyes in January over Kentucky, which is where his father and older brother played.

    Myers is the top overall prospect from the state of Ohio. 

     

    Bleacher Report Analysis

    Myers has the mentality of a guard and the athleticism of a tackle. He's relentless as a run-blocker in getting to the second level and finishing blocks. He's not fully developed as a pass-blocker, but he possesses traits, such as lateral quickness, that should help him make that transition at the next level.

    With his size and his family's lineage at the offensive line position, Myers is an intriguing fit at the offensive tackle spot moving forward.