JUCO Players to Watch - Offensive Tackles

JUCO offensive tackles have become some of the most hotly contested prospects in the country this year. There are a number of top prospects who have committed already and several more who seem to be fine with waiting for a while and taking all of their visits before they decide. Here's a look at the growing list of top prospects at the position and where things stand as we head into the season...

**Note: This is merely a list of some of the top JUCO offensive tackles and is by no means a comprehensive or complete list of the prospects available in this class.

Garden City OT Dontavius Blair - Blair's recruitment blew up this spring and so far he has offers from Auburn, Tennessee, Arizona State, Florida State, Georgia, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, South Florida, USC, Washington State and West Virginia. At 6'7" and weighing in at just over 300 pounds, Blair has the size and the elite athleticism schools are looking for in a left tackle. He's already visited Auburn and has said he plans to take all of his visits before he makes a decision.

Status: Uncommitted
CCSF OT David Hedelin - Hedelin hails from Sweden where he played both ways, but was primarily a defensive player. Once he got to the states, the CCSF staff moved him to left tackle and with his outstanding size (6'5", 295) and athleticism -- he ran a sub-5.0 forty time this spring -- schools from across the country came calling and he new sports nearly 20 offers including Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, California, Cincinnati, Florida Atlantic, Kansas, Kansas State, Michigan State, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, Tennessee, Texas Tech, USC, Washington State, West Virginia and Western Kentucky. Hedelin is enjoying the process and doesn't plan to make a quick decision, so this one will likely drag out into December.

Status: Uncommitted
Nassau OT Chad Mavety - Mavety was one of the first JUCO prospects with double-digit offers this spring and he's got a "who's who?" of top 25 schools that have offered including Alabama, Arizona State, Florida State, Kansas, Kansas State, Miami (Fl), North Carolina State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Rutgers, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. Mavety is 6'6" and weighs nearly 320 pounds, so he's got the ideal size for a left tackle and with his immense athleticism and nastiness, he's one of the most coveted of the group. He's already visited Florida State and he plans to visit Ohio State for their game against Michigan. He too plans to wait until December before he makes his decision.

Status: Uncommitted
Lackawanna OT Jermaine Eluemunor - Like the other three top prospects on this list, Eluemunor's recruiting took off very quickly this spring and he hauled in offers from nearly 20 schools but chose UCLA after a visit there in June. However, things changed and he made the decision to commit to Arkansas after taking a trip there in late July and hasn't wavered since. Eluemunor can easily play on either side of the ball as a bookend tackle, but he might be an even better fit inside due to his nasty streak and his ability to drive-block.

Status: Committed to Arkansas
College of San Mateo OT Dominick Jackson - Jackson, like Eluemunor, committed to UCLA early in the process, but had a change of heart after talking to the Alabama coaches and decided to switch it up and has decided to play for the Crimson Tide in 2014. In addition to those schools, he also had offers from schools across the country. Jackson is a perfect fit at left tackle and will occupy that spot for Alabama once he arrives there in January.

Status: Committed to Alabama
East Mississippi OT Avery Gennesy - At 6'5" and weighing in at 315 pounds, Gennesy garnered attention from schools across the south including Georgia, Kansas State, Kentucky, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and West Virginia. He could play almost anywhere along the offensive line, but with his long arms and quick feet, he appears to be an ideal fit at a tackle spot. He's still considering his options and working on setting up some official visits.

Status: Uncommitted
Butler OT Luke Hayes - Hayes didn't see things pick up until this summer, but since then he's seen a flood of offers come in including full rides from Arizona, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, North Carolina State and West Virginia. Hayes recently visited North Carolina State and you can expect the Wolfpack to be in this one until the end, but Hayes will not make a decision before the end of his season.

Status: Uncommitted
Iowa Western OT DeAndre Herron - Herron is a very talented prospect and he had early offers from Arizona, Ball State, Georgia State, Louisville and Tennessee along with Indiana. He chose the Hoosiers after visiting there during the spring and hasn't looked back since. Herron is big, athletic and physical and he will be an ideal fit for Indiana at one of the tackle spots.

Status: Committed to Indiana
Copiah-Lincoln OT Jocquell Johnson - Johnson got early attention from a handful of schools, but made a quick decision to commit to Mississippi State and hasn't wavered. At 6'6" and 300 pounds, Johnson appears to be destined to take over at tackle for the Bulldogs once he arrives in Starkville in January.

Status: Committed to Mississippi State
Riverside OT Dominique Robertson - Expect Robertson to be the next in line for offers once some of the top-tier prospects start to make their decisions. Robertson has a long frame and has added quite a bit of bulk and strength since arriving at Riverside. Right now his offers are from the likes of Arizona, Arizona State, Fresno State, Kansas State and Texas Tech and many more have started to pick up the pace the past few weeks.

Status: Uncommitted
L.A. Pierce OT Justin Scott - Scott, who is 6'6" and weighs in at 285 pounds, has plenty of room to grow and West Virginia was one of the first to see his raw potential and got in early. The talented left tackle prospect enjoyed his time on campus late in July and decided to commit to the Mountaineers shortly after returning home.

Status: Committed to West Virginia
Grossmont OT A.J. Allen - Allen has a huge frame and great feet and two schools - Kentucky and Arizona State -- are the first two to offer and more could be on the way. Allen can play almost anywhere along the offensive line, but he appears to be a great fit at one of the tackle spots wherever he ends up.

Status: Uncommitted
Fort Scott OT Kareem Are - Right now, Florida State appears to be the only school to offer to this point, but several more schools including Connecticut, Arkansas, Kentucky, Iowa State, Kansas and Western Kentucky have also shown some interest. Are was named First Team All-Jayhawk Conference as well as First Team All-Region 6 as a freshman in 2012 for his efforts at the left tackle spot for the Greyhounds.

Status: Uncommitted
Mesa OT Corey Clements - Clements is huge (6'8", 340) and he's already seen offers from North Texas and South Florida come in and more could be on the way as Texas-San Antonio, Troy, UAB, Arizona State, Arizona, Northern Arizona, California, New Mexico and New Mexico State have all shown quite a bit of interest of late.

Status: Uncommitted
Trinity Valley OT Grant Shaw - Shaw has a great frame at 6'6" and 310 pounds. He's flown a bit under the radar this offseason, but the North Texas bounceback should see things pick up this fall if he gets off to a good start with the Cardinals.

Status: Uncommitted
Tyler OT Drew Sarvary - Things have begun to hit a fever pitch for Sarvary the past couple of weeks and he now has offers from North Texas and Memphis and has seen interest from Kansas, South Florida, Texas Tech, Arizona State, Baylor and Louisiana Tech.

Status: Uncommitted
Dean OT Khamil Rangolam - Georgia State was the first school to offer Rangolam, but more could be jumping in soon as schools like Arkansas, Syracuse, Oklahoma, Arizona State and West Virginia have all made inquiries. Rangolam holds down the left tackle spot for the Bulldogs, but he could play almost anywhere along the offensive line at the next level.

Status: Uncommitted
Georgia Military OT Devon Williams - GMC is always loaded with hogs up front and this year is no different. Williams is a huge prospect, literally, measuring in at 6'5" and weighing 335 pounds. He's got quick feet and the versatility to play inside or outside and those qualities drew an early offer from South Alabama to go along with interest from Auburn, Kentucky and Troy in recent weeks.

Status: Uncommitted
Itawamba OT Brandon Jones - Jones earned All-MACJC honors for his efforts as a freshman in 2012 and that drew an early offer from Middle Tennessee and has garnered him some early interest from Iowa State, Memphis, South Florida, Louisiana-Lafayette, Troy and Western Kentucky.

Status: Uncommitted
Coahoma OT Sylvester Townes - Townes has quietly been pulling in offers over the past few months from schools like Florida International, Kentucky, Memphis, Southern Miss, Middle Tennessee, South Alabama, Western Kentucky and West Virginia. At 6'6" and weighing in at 290 pounds, Townes is an ideal fit at left tackle and he's likely to receive more offers this fall once schools get out and see him on the field.

Status: Uncommitted
Navarro OT Carter Wall - Wall was a very popular recruit this spring, hauling in offers from Memphis and Houston and garnering attention from Arizona State, Texas A&M, Utah and Utah State. He's 6'4" and weighs 310 pounds and was good enough coming out of high school to sign with TCU.

Status: Uncommitted
Independence OT Lapeer Ramsey - Ramsey is a strong blocker and is versatile enough to play inside or outside at the next level. He's6'4" and weighs 290 pounds and he could wind up seeing recruiting really pick up with a fast start to the 2013 football season.

Status: Uncommitted
College of the Siskiyous OT Brendan Slaight - Slaight has an early offer from Idaho and has received quite a bit of attention from Fresno State, San Jose State, Kansas, Louisiana-Lafayette, San Diego State, Washington and Utah State. At 6'7" and weighing nearly 330 pounds, Slaight is a perfect fit as a right tackle and that is where most schools see him playing.

Status: Uncommitted
College of the Siskiyous OT Jerett Olson - Olson, like his teammate, Brandon Slaight, has an early offer from Idaho as well as offers from San Jose State and Sacramento State and he's got Michigan State, Purdue, New Mexico, Arkansas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Kansas State all showing him some interest as well. He isn't as big as Slaight (6'4", 290) and he might be a better fit inside.

Status: Uncommitted
Santa Rosa OT Scott Boyett - At 6'7" and 320 pounds, Boyett should be a leader on what is projected to be a very solid offensive line for the Bear Cubs this fall. Boyett has early offers from Georgia State, Hampton, North Dakota, Northern Iowa and Old Dominion with interest from Boise State and Miami.

Status: Uncommitted
DeAnza OT Cameron Edelman - Edelman is expected to be a rising sophomore this fall once schools get a good look at him. At 6'5" and over 330 pounds, Edelman is a great drive-blocker and may be a better fit inside, but he's got quick feet and that could allow him to play some tackle, depending on the scheme.

Status: Uncommitted
Pasadena OT Miguel Machado - Machado has seen things blow up this summer and he now has five offers -- Akron, Florida Atlantic, Marshall, Prairie View A&M and Toledo -- and several more schools are close, but want to see how he performs this fall. Machado is 6'6" and 285 pounds and he possesses great feet and long arms. Expect to see him be one of the rising stars this fall once schools get a look at him.

Status: Uncommitted
Golden West OT Dominic Granado - Cal was the first school to offer Granado and more schools have picked up interest in him over the past couple of months including offers from Arkansas State and Sacramento State. In addition, he has received attention from Cal, Oregon State and Washington State among others. At 6'5" and 270 pounds, Granado needs to add a bit of size to hold up against FBS defensive linemen, but there's no denying his athleticism and nastiness once he steps on the field.

Status: Uncommitted
Snow OT Patrick Au - Au is a huge man, measuring in at 6'10" and tipping the scales at 360 pounds. He's got an offer from Oklahoma to his name and rumors floated around that he had committed to the Sooners, but to this point, that isn't the case. Expect him to be very popular this fall as more and more schools venture out to Utah to get a look at him.

Status: Uncommitted
Chaffey OT Nathan Smitley - Smitley was a Second Team All-Conference performer as a freshman in 2012. He's a strong run-blocker and his coaches say he could be a real after he returns from an ACL injury he suffered late last year. He is expected back in the second half of the 2013 football season and that is when he'll start drawing more attention.

Status: Uncommitted
College of the Desert OT Humberto Lopez - Lopez has drawn attention from schools across the west including New Mexico, Colorado State, Nevada and San Jose State, but at this point, the 6'7", 285-pounder is still waiting on an offer. He earned Second Team All-Conference honors as a freshman in 2012 and will likely be a prospect to keep an eye on this fall.

Status: Uncommitted
Saddleback OT Naaman Butsko - Butsko redshirted in 2012, so he's just now starting to pop up on radars right now. He's seen interest from schools like Arkansas, Oregon, Kansas and Illinois and more could get into the mix if the 6'6", 290-pounder gets off to a good start this fall.

Status: Uncommitted
Arizona Western OT Pierson Owensby - Owensby redshirted in 2012, so no one has seen him play at the collegiate level yet, but that didn't stop Texas Tech from getting in the mix early with an offer and he's also received heavy interest from Arizona, Arizona State, New Mexico, New Mexico State, Texas A&M and Colorado State among others.

Status: Uncommitted

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