West: Preseason Top Ten Centers

Orange County is home to three of the top five centers in the West in the class of 2013, led by Santa Margarita (Calif.) center Dane Crane...

West: Preseason Top Ten Centers
Location: Santa Margarita, Calif.
High School: Santa Margarita
Size: 6-3, 295
Recruiting: Committed to Washington
The Skinny: On an offensive line that might be the best in the West if not the nation, Crane is the guy the coaches at Santa Margarita will say is the leader and most talented player. The Washington commit is a true center and is an absolute mauler at the high school level. He's a very smart football player and has the aptitude to make all the line calls in college. He's very physical but plays under control. He's an advanced run blocker, strong enough to take on a nose guard or tackle without needing a double team. He also has above average feet and quickness and is an excellent pass blocker as well. Crane really is the total package at the center position and looks like the kind of player who could be a three year starter at the next level.
 
Location: Encinitas, Calif.
High School: La Costa Canyon
Size: 6-3/265
Recruiting: Arkansas, California, Nebraska, San Diego State, UCLA, Utah, Washington
The Skinny: Quessenberry is an intriguing center prospect in that he hasn't really played the position much. He's a dominant tackle with great film and offers from all over the country. His size however dictates a move inside and at The Opening, Quessenberry decided to give center a shot. He was so impressive that he was rated by the NIKE coaches as the top center at the event and that's now the position he said he wants to play in college. The athlete definitely has everything you could want in an interior lineman and is easily the most athletic player in this group. He put up a 100.89 SPARQ Rating at The Opening and is one of the hardest working players in the state off the field.
 
Location: North Hollywood, Calif.
High School: Harvard-Westlake
Size: 6-5/280
Recruiting: Stanford, Oregon, Vanderbilt
The Skinny: Like Crane, Oser is a true center prospect and should have a smooth transition to the college game. He has a nice, thick, frame with broad shoulders and a strong lower body. He does a nice job of getting to the second level and has the athleticism to make blocks down the field on a linebacker or safety. He's physical at the point of attack and just buries opposing tackles right at the line of scrimmage. He shows quick feet in getting in his stance and plays with superior technique. Stanford has offered and could be the team to beat but Oregon and Vanderbilt are on the short list as well.
 
Location: Tustin, Calif.
High School: Tustin
Size: 6-5/260
Recruiting: Arizona, Utah, Nevada, UCLA, Washington
The Skinny: Maka is just a beast on both sides of the ball. He's equally as talented as a defensive tackle as he is an offensive lineman and is one of the strongest players in the state, regardless of position. On offense, Maka plays tackle but projects better as an interior lineman. He's able to physically manhandle opposing lineman as he shows a great get off, plays with great leverage and is incredibly strong in his lower body. Maka plays with a major mean streak as well and is about as nasty as any player in the region. Grade concerns are the only reason why Maka doesn't have double digit offers at the moment as he can definitely play for anyone.
Location: Villa Park, Calif.
High School: Villa Park
Size: 6-5/285
Recruiting: Oregon State, San Diego State, Stanford, UCLA
The Skinny: Although Cameron Hunt won the OL MVP at the NorCal NIKE Camp, no lineman was more dominant than Whitton. The only knock on Whitton is his size. At just 6-2, 245 pounds, Whitton is obviously undersized but his technique, quickness and raw power are as good as you'll see. He's physically tough, finishes his blocks and can get out and run, making blocks 20 and even 30 yards down the field. He's a fierce competitor with a great work ethic and is just one nice growth spurt away from being a national recruit. Will some college give him that chance? Whitton is still waiting for his first BCS offer but there is no doubt he is an immense talent and could be an absolute steal for someone.

The Next Five:
6. Alex Emanuels (Mercer Island, Wash.)
7. Carson O'Connell (Chico, Calif.)
8. Jerred Sonneborn (Spokane, Wash.)
9. Travis Mabry (San Jose, Calif.)
10. Lott Haia-Kahalewai (Las Vegas, Nev.)

 


National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins (@GregBiggins), National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager Brandon Huffman (@BrandonHuffman), Southwest Recruiting Analyst Jason Jewell (@jason247scout) and Northwest Recruiting Analyst Jake Worthen (@JakeWorthen) contributed to these rankings.

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