West: Top Ten Offensive Tackles

Arizona five-star Casey Tucker leads the early list of the West's top offensive tackles...

West: Early Top Ten Offensive Tackles
Location: Chandler, Ariz.
High School: Hamilton
Size: 6-5/270
Recruiting: Committed to USC
The Skinny: It's a very deep year for talent in Arizona and Tucker is currently rated the No. 1 overall prospect in the state. He's the top overall lineman in the West and has a great upside to him. He's a natural tackle prospect with a prototype frame that he'll have no problem growing in to. He's very strong physically, plays with a mean streak and is a plus athlete as well. A good H.S lineman should dominate his man and that's what Tucker does. He physically manhandles opposing lineman and is a great looking prospect.
Location: Tucson, Ariz.
High School: Sabino
Size: 6-7/270
Recruiting: Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, California, Northern Arizona, Penn State, Utah, Washington
The Skinny: Mike doesn't get a lot of national attention but when you watch his film, it's tough to understand why. He's not as physical as Tucker but probably has an even better frame and moves just as well. He has long arms, moves his feet very well and plays with a mean streak. He understands how to finish off a block and is the type of lineman who will fight and battle you every play for an entire game and has the ideal mindset for the position.
Location: La Jolla, Calif.
High School: Country Day
Size: 6-8, 335
Recruiting: Committed to USC
The Skinny: Poland is tough to evaluate as he won't actually play this coming season due to the fact he has already played four years of H.S ball but re-classified to the junior class last summer. He's a mammoth lineman who looks like he could still be growing. He plays on both sides of the ball and moves around pretty well for big man but the concern is will he eventually outgrow the position? In college, he'll be going against opposing rush ends who can fly off the edge so Poland needs to continue to work on his overall feet and athleticism.
Location: Fife, Wash.
High School: Fife
Size: 6-6/272
Recruiting: Arizona State, California, Nebraska, Oregon, Oregon State, Utah, Washington, Washington State
The Skinny: McGary is the top lineman in Washington and actually plays a lot of tight end at the H.S level. He'll have to make the transition to tackle in college but has all the physical tools to do so. He's already a very good blocker and once he fills out his massive frame and adds more upper body strength, he has a chance to be really be special. The athleticism is definitely there, which you would expect from a converted tight end and he's plenty tough as well.
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
High School: Brighton
Size: 6-6.5/275
Recruiting: Committed to Utah
The Skinny: Barton has the frame to just engulf opposing defensive ends. He's another huge kid with a prototype frame and when you watch his tape, his balance and footwork really impresses. He does a real nice job sliding his feet on speed rushers but also has the strength to stand up to a bull rusher. He's physical at the point of attack, finishes his blocks and just a real solid looking player with a nice upside.

The Next Five:
6. Tyrell Crosby (Henderson, Nev.)
7. Layth Friekh (Peoria, Ariz.)
8. Sam Jones (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
9. Kameron Schroeder (Elk Grove, Calif.)
10. Sean Krepsz (Riverside, Calif.)

 


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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