Breaking Down Each 2015 5-Star OL Recruit
The 247Sports composite rankings feature several 5-star offensive line prospects. The blockers have a fantastic set of skills that will help them to hold their own in the trenches at the collegiate level.
Strength, size, quickness, intelligence and athleticism are just a few traits these talented offensive line recruits show on tape. However, they're not all similar.
A guard prospect in Oklahoma has excellent strength, while a left tackle in Georgia has fantastic technique. Plus a big blocker in Texas has surprising athleticism.
At 6'4" and 315 pounds, Jalin Barnett is one of the best offensive line recruits in the nation. The Oklahoma native plays like a bully who demands lunch money on each snap.
Barnett is at his best on running plays, as he is an exceptional drive-blocker. He has solid quickness to come out of his stance at the snap, and he plays huge at the point of attack. Barnett displays a powerful punch to shock defensive linemen, while his ability to sustain through the whistle may be the best of any player on this list.
After he locks on a defender, Barnett has the strength to steer and dictate to his opponent when he gets his legs churning. He digs people out of alleys, plus he shows some athleticism when pulling and trapping.
As a pass-protector, Barnett is at his best when can short-set. He has issues with speed-rushers, as he can have problems dancing and recovering in space. Although he plays a lot of snaps at tackle for his high school, Barnett has the traits of a powerful and stout guard.
Maea Teuhema is a 5-star offensive lineman who can get down and dirty when he needs to. He's a big Texan who is 6'4.5" and 346 pounds.
Some players do not play as big as their listed sizes, but Teuhema actually plays bigger than his. He has good quickness at the snap, and he's a load for defenders at the point of attack. Teuhema can clear alleys due to powerfully striking defensive linemen and driving his legs through the whistle.
The big man flashes quick feet and short-area quickness, evidenced by his ability to pull and trap. Teuhema has a strong anchor as a pass-protector, which he uses versus bull-rushers and speed-to-power moves.
He needs to polish his technique and improve the consistency of his hand placement when striking targets. However, the LSU commit should become an All-SEC guard or even tackle in Baton Rouge.
Martez Ivey is an awfully similar prospect to Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Tyron Smith when the former USC Trojan was in high school.
At 6'6" and 270 pounds, Ivey has a sleek frame that will easily add another 30-40 pounds in the next few years. He is an exceptional athlete for his size and position, and he excels in pass protection.
Ivey can get out of his stance to set deep with outstanding quickness and balance. He shows natural movement skills when sliding and mirroring in space, and he can wash rushers upfield past the quarterback's launching point.
As a run-blocker, Ivey is at his best when he can use his athleticism and quickness to execute his assignments. He can reach linebackers on the second level, as well as hit moving targets when he's asked to pull and trap.
The 5-star Florida native is still raw in certain aspects of his game. He needs to improve his vision and technique; plus, Ivey must make a big jump in the strength category. However, he has the potential to be an elite left tackle at the next level.
Mitch Hyatt is an advanced offensive line prospect from Georgia who is committed to Clemson. The Tigers have to be giddy about his arrival, as the Peach State native projects to be a good one.
Hyatt, who is 6'5.5" and 271 pounds, has a long frame that should be able to add more bulk in college. He plays with fantastic technique for a high school offensive lineman.
Hyatt bends well at the knees, which helps him stay balanced in his pass sets. As a pass-protector, he rarely loses patience with rushers and overextends, often choosing to be deliberate with his punch. When he does strike, Hyatt gets good extension and slides well with opponents when engaged.
He also has great vision in the trenches—he's not fooled often by stunts and twists. Hyatt can also locate blitzing defenders after the snap.
He has good toughness as a run-blocker, yet he projects to be a wall-off type in this area. Hyatt can reach second-level defenders in and out of track on running plays, and he always works his way into good positioning to execute his assignments.
Getting stronger and more powerful to anchor as a pass-protector and move defenders with more authority has to be Hyatt's main objective. He could play across the offensive line at Clemson.
Rivals.com (subscription required) wrote on Feb. 14:
Clemson needs difference-makers along the offensive line. This is an area the Tigers have struggled to recruit and develop over the years, so landing Hyatt, who has a great frame to fill out and impressive technique, could solve their left tackle needs for three or four years once he's ready.