South: Top Five Guards

Tyrone Crowder is a strong, mobile, and nasty offensive guard and he leads the way at this position.

South: Top Five Offensive Guards
Hometown: Rockingham, N.C.
High School: Richmond County
Size: 6-3/305
Recruiting: Crowder has named a leader and he is still wide open. Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, North Carolina, and others have offered.
Scouting Report: Crowder is constantly looking for someone to hit. He looks mean, he plays mean, and he likes to get after it. He is very quick off the ball, he moves so well in space, and he puts defenders on their backs on a regular basis. He is so strong and he plays with so force at a quick pace. He can pull, get to the second level, or stone defenders. He can still work on his play in pass sets, but he has the tools to be an elite guard.
Hometown: Huntsville, Ala.
High School: Huntsville
Size: 6-5/310
Recruiting: Committed to Alabama.
Scouting Report: Hill is a very strong and aggressive offensive lineman that can be described as a 'mauler' in the trenches. He plays tackle in high school, but Scout projects him to slide inside to guard on the next level. He could really excel there because of his toughness, his ability to drive block, and his pure power. He still needs to work on keeping his feet under him, maintaining his balance when engaged, and his feet in pass protection.
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
High School: Booker T. Washington
Size: 6-4/290
Recruiting: Miami offered early and they could lead at this stage. He has a long list of offers and he is one of the top offensive targets in the Sunshine State.
Scouting Report: Kirkland is a versatile offensive lineman. He plays tackle in high school and he could stay there, but he could easily slide inside to guard on the next level. He has very good feet, he chops them well, and he is a strong run blocker. He may be best in space because of his ability to move and get down the field. He can improve on his pad level, coming off the ball a little lower, and controlling his opponent with more consistency.
Hometown: Marietta, Ga.
High School: Walton
Size: 6-3/283
Recruiting: Nebraska and Wake Forest offered recently and he has double-digit offers. Clemson, Florida, and Georgia are others that have offered.
Scouting Report: Kublanow may not be as big as some of the most coveted OLs today, but he is big enough, and he is definitely tough enough. He is an intense lineman that loves to finish his blocks. He plays with an edge, he knows how to lock his hands in on his opponent, and once his hands are locked in, it is over. He moves his feet well and he is very strong at the point of attack. He will likely be a guard on the next level.
Hometown: Lithonia, Ga..
High School: M.L.K.
Size: 6-4/275
Recruiting: Around 20 schools have offered including Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee.
Scouting Report: Outlaw is an offensive lineman that plays offensive tackle in high school and he could play tackle or guard on the next level. Scout likes him best at guard because of his ability to pull, get out to the second level, and his frame looks to be perfect for that position. He really moves well, he has very good flexibility, and he has good arm length. He needs to add strength, especially in the upper-body, and just play more nasty.

The Next Five: Josh Boutte (New Iberia, La. - LSU Commitment), Deon Mix (Batesville, Miss.), Kenneth Santa Marina (New Orleans, La.), Bradley Bozeman (Roanoke, Ala.), and Austin Droogsma (Gulf Breeze, Fla.).

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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