Midwest: Offensive Tackles to Watch

Offensive tackle is a position where several of the prospects with long early offer lists have already committed. With that in mind, who are some of the guys who may benefit from that and earn more offers as the dominoes continue to fall?

Several of the Midwest's top offensive tackles, Colin McGovern, Logan Tuley-Tillman, Hunter Bivin, Evan Lisle, and others have already made their college decisions.

The biggest name left on the board is Ethan Pocic, a four-star still considering many top schools from around the country, but because of the early commitments at the position, some players, who only stand with a few offers (or none in some cases) right now, are bound to add to their lists over the next few months. Here are a few to watch:


 
Kendall Moore | Chicago Simeon (Ill.)
Moore is a good athlete who moves and bends well for a kid that's 6'5. He's on the thinner side, and will need to add weight, but he had a good junior season and did well at the Core 6 Winter Showcase and Team First 150 camps. He has an Illinois offer so far and the Illini are in good shape there, but with the tackles coming off the board quickly, you may see him add more offers over the next few months.

 
Randy Heideman | Normal Community (Ill.)
Heideman is a strong 6'6, 285-lb kid who plays more of a power game than some of the other guys on this list and is suited for rough and tumble Midwest football. I could even see him potentially playing inside if need be. Eastern Michigan recently extended the first offer and schools like Illinois and Iowa are interested. Another attractive part of his resume is the 5.1 GPA he carries on a 5.0 scale.

 
Dennis Finley | Detroit Cass Tech (Mich.)
Last year was Finley's first year as a full time starter, and he definitely has improved a ton between last year at this time and now. He's a work in progress, but coming along nicely and you can't teach a lot of his tools, including his 6'7 frame. Illinois and Cincinnati are his BCS offers, and if he does what he did at the Elite Big Man Camp this summer, that list could grow.

 
Chad Fahning | Minneapoils De La Salle (Minn.)
Fahning is a big, strong kid who finishes his blocks and dominates in the run game. With his 6'7, 275-lb frame and nasty disposition he should add to an offer list that only has North Dakota on it right now. However, he will have a big opportunity to impress schools in person this summer. He likely projects as a right tackle in college.

 
Collin Buchanan | Southfield (Mich.)
Buchanan does not have a single offer yet, but his tape is just beginning to make the rounds. He's a 6'6, 290-lb kid with athleticism in that frame and his tape shows that he'll get after it and finish his blocks. He's starting to receive more attention, but he's a true sleeper who is likely to see more interest come his way over the coming months.

 
Isaiah Johnson | Walnut Hills (Ohio)
Johnson is a 6'9, 270-lb basketball player with a lot of upside in football, but he needs to show that he's dedicated to playing the sport in college. The money time for him will be this summer, when he can get in front of coaches at camp. He's raw, but the physical tools are certainly there and if he does well this summer, he could start grabbing offers in the process.

 
Joey Bloomfield | Louisville Ballard (Ky.)
Bloomfield looks good on tape. He's a pancake machine at 6'6, 300-lbs. He is likely better suited for the right side or potentially even the interior, but he's a strong kid who plays hard and works hard. Kansas recently extended an offer and others could be coming along behind the Jayhawks.

 
Kyle Meadows | Lakota West (Ohio)
Meadows has offers already from Louisville, Pittsburgh, and others, but with the dominoes falling the way they have at tackle, he may start to get a few other looks as well. He has a nice frame and the necessary agility and athleticism to go with it.


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