ArmySports.com continues its review of this year's incoming freshman class by position. The offensive line has easily been the most productive, deepest and best performing area of the team the last two years. The Black Knights led the nation in rushing for the past two seasons. The 2012 team averaged over 369 yards per game as they ran for a school record 4,438 yards. This incoming group of offensive linemen have some players who should contribute down the road.
Lofi Tamasese is 6-foot-2, 290 pound offensive lineman who was the starting center at the United States Military Prep School. Tamasese is from Jefferson High School in California. He was a team captain and a three year starter on both sides of the ball. He earned All-League honors for his play. Tamasese was also elected as team captain at USMAPS last fall. He dominated in the early part of the season. Tamasese's best game was when he dominated Milford Academy Prep's Tyrique Jarrett, a three star 310-pound defensive lineman, who signed with Pitt. In that game USMAPS fullback Aaron Kemper ran for 250 yards behind Tamasese. In the game against Valley Forge he had a little trouble when he played a little too high against their fast Temple bound linebacker Tristin Freeman who repeatedly blitzed the A-gap.
Lofi has terrific size for an Army center. He is a big athletic lineman with big arms, tree truck legs but is surprisingly flexible and can really move. Tamasese is explosive off the line and can easily get to the second level. He was the best player on the offensive line and the lynchpin of an option attack that averaged over 44 points per game. He was a very productive and talented player. Tamasese is a big wide body with natural strength. Lofi can probably use some time in the weight room to mature physically and get stronger. I believe if he stays healthy he'll be a standout player at either center or guard. I personally think with his build that he may be better suited to guard. Tamasese chose Army over a chance to walk on at Cal.
Adam Szott was a starting guard at the United States Military Prep School last fall. Adam is the younger brother of Army senior guard Jon Szott. He attended Waubonsie Valley High School in Illinois and was named the Outstanding Male Athlete of the year as a senior. Szott played well last year at the prep school. He is a good player. He did a nice job last season and played his best game against traditional powerhouse Milford Academy. He is smart, tough, plays fast and low. He was very productive but at 6-1, 265 he is a little undersized. Szott is a prospect because he proved he can play in the system. He lacks a naturally wide frame and must work hard in the weight room to get stronger and to develop physically to eventually make an impact with the Army varsity.
The other starting guard at the United States Military Prep School was Stefan Moreau (6-3, 270). He was a three year starter on both sides of the ball at Armagh high school in Pennsylvania. Moreau was a district champion in the shot put. On the football field he was named to the first team All-Johnstown Area. Stefan was originally considered as a defensive end recruit but was able to add weight and ended up starting at guard. Moreau plays with tenacity and enthusiasm. He hustles, competes and stays with his blocks. He can move and is a very hard worker. Moreau took advantage of his prep season and added nearly 35-pounds since his high school career ended.
One of the biggest surprises last season at USMAPS was the play of starting right tackle O.J. Hall.
Hall was a three year starter at offensive tackle for Eagle River High in Alaska. He wasn't a recruit but was given the opportunity to walk-on at USMAPS and compete. He did more than compete. He outplayed some more highly regarded recruits and won the right tackle job in preseason. He did a nice job and was the most improved player on the team from the start of the season to the end of the year. Hall is 6-4, 260 pounds and is a hardworking overachiever. He relied on his natural size and competitiveness this past year but needs a lot more time in the weight room to eventually develop into a factor.
Army Incoming: Offensive Line, pt I
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