Breaking Down Florida: The OL

After Spring and many summer University camps it is becoming apparent that the Sunshine State is once again loaded and extremely deep for 2010. With well over 300 players expected to sign D-1 scholarships, SunStateFootball.com breaks down the players by position.

ANALYSIS: As of today there are 17 D-1 commits along the OL from Florida. Far and away the most commits at a particular position. This really shows the improvement the state has made in the trenches when most people consider Florida to be a 'speed' state (it still is of course).

OFFENSIVE TACKLES/GUARDS

1. Brandon Linder: Linder could play any of the five OL positions at the next level. Extremely versatile, his feet and technique set him apart from the pack. The latest in a long line of St. Thomas offensive linemen, he has a final four of Miami, Florida, Notre Dame, and Ohio State.

2. Brent Benedict: The Georgia commit is one of the nation's best. From Scout. com Analyst Chad Simmons, "He is an aggressive offensive linemen that finishes his blocks, that understands blocking schemes, that can run block, that can pass protect, and that has a high level of intelligence. There are not many faults in his game, but his arm length is a minor concern at tackle.

3. Ian Silberman: The UF commit is perhaps the top athlete in this group. He oozes potential with his package of quick feet, excellent frame, and improving technique. Right now is on the lean side, but the weight should come quickly. He might have the highest ceiling 4-5 years down the road.

4. Chaz Green: From Scout.com Analyst Chad Simmons, "Green is athletic offensive tackle that is built like a defensive lineman. He plays light on his feet, he has a great first step, and comes out of the blocks low. He can improve his pass protection some, but that will come with more reps and I would like to see him play a little meaner. He has the tools to be a top OL in college.

5. Jonathan Feliciano: The Miami commit is one of the top overall packages in the state. A tremendous athlete for his size, really the only question is whether he can handle the tackle spot, if not you are looking at an elite guard.

6. Tavadis Glenn: The only member of this list who is also a very good looking DT prospect, that shows the potential of this 6'5, 270 pound prospect. Glenn needs to show a mean streak and that he wants to take over games. The Miami commit is one of the more intriguing players at this position long term.

7. Torrian Wilson: Wilson lacks ideal height to play OT, but has all the other tools to play there. He has started to re-shape his frame which is a positive sign going forward. He needs to improve his technique and not just maul the smaller competition. He perhaps has a higher ceiling on the interior. Battled Dyron Dye in the State Championship game and held his own.

8. Dan Koenig: Koenig is the youngest physically of any player on this list. At 6'6, 255 he has a ton of physical development left, including a few inches height wise. Plays hard to the whistle(sometimes after). He is a player that after a few years in a college program could be the best on this list. Tantalizing upside.

9. Cody Gibson: Tall, lean OT from the Panhandle's best program. Gibson can get after in the running game and has a pair of improving feet as a pass blocker. Big things are expected of this South Carolina commit next season.

10. Ronald Patrick: Played for the State 3A Champions in 2008 (Cocoa). Mauler who led the way for one of the state's top rushing attacks. Lacks ideal height at 6'2 so could get a look at Center. Has the athleticism to pull and does a great job in space. Committed to South Carolina.

11. Dylan Bostick: Another Jacksonville area prospect who has excelled at both left and right tackle. Is known as a great finisher in the run game. Holds offers from Duke, Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky.

12. Jermaine Barton: Intriguing prospect who did not start for loaded St. Thomas team. Played well when given the opportunity. Has the frame and feet to excel at OT and will get some of the best coaching at the high school level at St. Thomas. Not unlike Jermaine Johnson from a few years back who found his way to Miami. We look for a giant leap in play in 2009.

13. Byron Grant: Grant plays left tackle but projects inside at the next level. Two way player who has natural size, quick feet, and great run blocking potential. Needs to play meaner on the field and sometimes plays too high.

14. Joe McNamara: From National Analyst Scott Kennedy, "McNamara plays left tackle for his Cyprus Bay team and possesses a quick first step getting his hands on the man in front of him immediately. He keeps his feet moving while engaged with a defender and is quick to the second level to block linebackers. He displays good pad level and drive blocking, but he will need to improve his pass protection technique. A tenacious interior line prospect."

15. Tony Kibler: Paved the way for Lonnie Pryor as a junior at Okeechobee, has now transferred to Glades Day. The USF commit is dominant in the running game so he might project inside. If his feet improve, he could see time at OT.

16. Brandon Collins: Great natural athlete who could play tackle or guard at the next level. Needs to get stronger, but has the frame and intangibles to excel at the next level.

17. Justin McCray and Jordan McCray: The twin's are UCF commits from Southridge in Homestead. Very good athletes with long term potential. Two of four OL commits from Dade County for the Knights.

18. Perry Meiklejohn: Another UCF commit that has dominated small school competition. Has considerable upside. Will need to re-shape body which should improve feet.

19. Andre Mondor: Massive OL prospect from 4A State Champion Plant in Tampa. Road grader who needs to drop some weight. Will need to improve as a pass blocker, but you can't teach his size and attitude.

20. Zachary Soto: UCF commit who needs to add weight and strength. Soto is a 'tools' kid with considerable upside down the road. Look for him to make an impact in year two or three for the Golden Knights.

SLEEPER: Kevin Farrell: Missed some of action as a junior because of knee injury suffered vs. Royal Palm Beach. The 6'6, 280 pound OT should see his interest rise when he shows he is healthy early in 2009.

OTHERS TO WATCH: Drew Gentry, Donald Senat, David Delsoin, Jonathan Ragoo, Garrett Wolfe, Josh Woods, Chris Acosta, Willie Bowles, Gage Baxter, Thomas Stone, Quinton Roland, Corbin Jackimowicz

CENTERS

1. Shane McDermott: Recruited to Miami as a Center Prospect, McDermott could play guard. The tenacious 6'3, 255 pounder is one of the state's top Offensive linemen from a technical standpoint. Has great feet and excels getting to the second level.

2. Tramell Williams: The South Carolina commit is one of the fastest rising prospects in the country. From Scout.com's Mike Bakas, "One thing's for sure -- Williams can flat out play. While he plays along the D-Line and mainly tackle on offense, he projects as an interior OL in college. He has excellent foot quickness and explodes off the ball well enough to become a contributor at either guard or center in college.

3. Jose Jose: Long time starter for one of state's top prospects at Booker T. Washington, he will take his game to another power, Miami Central, in 2009. Road grader who needs to drop some weight to reach his ceiling. Could play guard or perhaps DT at next level. Jose is committed to Tennessee.

4. Brian O'Leary: O'Leary is one of the most athletic linemen in the state. Paved the way at C for one of the state's top rushing attacks. Will be moved around in 2009 to OT and DT where his skillset should draw the attention of college recruiters. Recently dominated at the Down n Dirty camp where he even showed some DE moves.

5. Mike Kilgore: He will be a four year at Mainland where he has garnered all the area accolades over the years. Athlete who is versatile enough to play several spots at the next level.

OTHERS TO WATCH: Stanley Jean, Ronald Regula


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