South Notebook: Who is the top OL?

The South has a list of talented and versatile offensive linemen in 2009. Many of the states in this region have at least one national recruit on the offensive line, so who will go into the 2009 season on top? Take a look at the candidates here.

Damien Robinson is the lone five-star offensive lineman in this region on Scout at this time, so he is the top overall OL in the South.

Robinson is the number 29 prospect in the country right now and he stands out first because of his size and length. He stands at 6-feet 8-inches tall, he weighs 330 pounds, and he has very long arms. Things that stand out about Robinson outside of his size are his first step, the use of his hands when he engages with a defensive lineman, and his flexibility. He has very good knee bend, he gets in and out of his stance nicely and that is important when going against athletic defensive ends on the next level.

Do those things keep him on top in August as we enter the 2009 season?

Here is a look at the linemen that have been chasing Robinson over the past couple of months for that top spot. They will go in the order they are currently rated on Scout.

Robert Crisp: 6-8/290 – Hillsborough (N.C.) Cedar Ridge

Recruiting: Committed to North Carolina State
Quick Hitter: Crisp has excellent feet, good reach, good knee bend and he is a prototypical offensive tackle.

JaWuan James: 6-6/290 – Suwanee (GA) North Gwinnett

Recruiting: Committed to Alabama
Quick Hitter: James has really matured as offensive lineman over the past year and he has good feet, good balance, and good length.

Brent Benedict: 6-6/290 – Jacksonville (FL) Bolles

Recruiting: Committed to Georgia
Quick Hitter: Benedict is a very powerful offensive lineman that has a strong punch, good first step, and the ability to play inside or outside.

James Stone: 6-5/280 – Nashville (TN) Maplewood Comp

Recruiting: He has a long list of favorites, but you have to like Tennessee's chances at this stage.
Quick Hitter: Stone is another offensive lineman with good versatility, good feet, and a high ceiling.

Chaz Green: 6-6/295 – Tampa (FL) Tampa Catholic

Recruiting: Florida appears to be in the lead with Tennesse and Ohio State still in the running.
Quick Hitter: Green is playing more physical now than ever and he plays with the athleticism of a defensive lineman.

Ian Silberman: 6-6/278 – Orange Park (FL) Fleming Island

Recruiting: Committed to Florida
Quick Hitter: Athleticism and potential is what Silberman is all about with a high ceiling on the OL.

Brandon Linder: 6-6/292 - Fort Lauderdale (FL) St. Thomas Aquinas

Recruiting: Florida, Miami, Notre Dame and Ohio State are his final four.
Quick Hitter: Technique is his strong point as he is very good at the point of attack, good feet, and he could play interior or exterior on the OL.

Eric Mack: 6-3/328 – St. Matthews (S.C.) Calhoun County

Recruiting: Committed to South Carolina
Quick Hitter: Mack moves well for a guy his size and will fit right in at guard in Columbia.

Kolton Houston: 6-5/290 – Buford (GA) Buford

Recruiting: Committed to Georgia
Quick Hitter: Houston has great mobility, a quick first step, and good athleticism.

T.J. Leifheit: 6-7/315 – Wilmington (N.C.) Hoggard

Recruiting: Getting close to cutting his list to five, but UNC appears to be the team to beat.
Quick Hitter: Leifheit has that nasty streak that OLs need and he really looks to finish his blocks each and every play.

A.J. Cann - 6-2/256 – Bamberg (S.C.) Bamberg Ehrhadt

Recruiting: Committed to South Carolina
Quick Hitter: Cann play with good leverage and he will likely make a smooth transition to guard or center when he gets to Columbia.

Updated rankings will be released a little later this month and you can find out then who the top offensive lineman in the South will be.

Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Analyst for the South Region and he can be reached at

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