Early Look: 2012 Offensive Tackles

Offensive tackle looks to be a position with good depth in the South for the class of 2012. Regional Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons takes an early look at some of the best at this position right here.

Early Look: Top Five Offensive Tackles
1. John Theus – 6-6/292 – Jacksonville (FL) Bolles

Quick Hitter: Theus is a prototypical offensive tackle that has blossomed into one of the top prospects in the entire country over the last couple years. He has excellent feet, he is a very aggressive lineman, and he is a true national recruit. His brother Nathan Theus signed with Georgia in 2011, but John will make his own decision in 2012.

2. Avery Young – 6-5/270 – Palm Beach (FL) Palm Beach Gardens

Quick Hitter: Young moves around like a defensive end. He has the length you love to see in an offensive tackle and he plays very light on his feet. He still needs to add weight and develop more strength, but he projects as an All-Conference type OL in the future. Alabama, Georgia, and Oklahoma are some out of state favorites, but he is looking hard at the in-state schools as well. All have offered.

3. D.J. Humphries – 6-6/268 – Charlotte (NC) Mallard Creek

Quick Hitter: Humphries is a very athletic offensive lineman. He does a nice job in pass protection. He really slides his feet well, he has nice balance, and he has good length. He still needs to improve his pad level and holding his blocks while continuing to develop physically. Florida, Georgia, LSU, and South Carolina are the schools standing out to him most at this time.

4. Vadal Alexander – 6-5/314 – Buford (GA) Buford

Quick Hitter: Alexander comes from one of the top programs in Georgia and it seems they have a top offensive lineman prospect come out every year. Alexander was identified early because of his size, but he is more than a big body. He has nice knee-bend, he fires off the ball low, and he knows how to use his hands. He is a strong run blocking OL, but can hold his own in pass pro also. He is from Louisiana and the Tigers have his attention along with Alabama, Georgia, and many others early on.

5. Brock Stadnik – 6-5/285 – Greensboro (NC) Western Guilford

Quick Hitter: Stadnik is a true technician. His father played in the NFL and you can tell that Brock really knows and understands the game. His hand placement, his footwork, and just his knowledge help land him in the top five early in 2012. He is a balanced lineman and just needs to keep adding strength. He is wide open in recruiting and he plans to sign at the same school as his twin brother Clayton Stadnik. East Carolina and Virginia Tech have offered him to this point.

There are plenty of other top offensive tackles that will land in the Scout300 in 2012 and push for a spot in the top five. Here are some prospects that are on the early list:

Nick Davidson – 6-6/280 – Charlotte (NC) Audrey Kell
Kameron Davis – 6-5/265 – Lauderdale Lakes (FL) Boyd Anderson
Jessamen Dunker – 6-6/315 – Boynton Beach (FL) Boynton Beach Comm. School
Derek Edinburgh – 6-7/320 – New Orleans (LA) Edna Karr Magnet School
Cordaryl Gaines – 6-5/320 – Jackson (MS) Provine
Pat Gamble - 6-5/275 - Carrollton (GA) Central
Abraham Garcia – 6-5/330 – Fort Lauderdale (FL) University School of Nova
Evan Goodman – 6-4/265 – Lakeland (FL) Lakeland
Brandon Greene – 6-5/280 – Ellenwood (GA) Cedar Grove
Alex Jauregui – 6-7/295 – Suwanee (GA) Peachtree Ridge
Andrew Jelks – 6-6/250 – Paris (TN) Henry County
Oliver Jones – 6-6/284 – Ninety Six (SC) Ninety Six
Javarius Leamon – 6-6/260 – Woodruff (SC) Woodruff
Patrick Miller – 6-7/260 – Palm Beach Gardens (FL) Dwyer
Omari Phillips – 6-6/270 – Venice (FL) Venice
Graham Shuler – 6-5/270 – Brentwood (TN) Brentwood Academy
Colby Watson – Pensacola (FL) Pine Forest

Chad Simmons started out with Scout in 2003 covering top talent in Georgia and other areas in the South. He then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become Southeast Recruiting Manager.
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