Breaking Down the Top 10 Highest Rated Offensive Tackles in the Midlands Region

Who are the highest rated offensive tackles in the Midlands region before the spring evaluation period hits? Scout takes a closer examination.

The Top Five

1. Brey Walker, Southmoore (Okla.)

Walker is a prospect with a scary upside. Unusually big and strong at a young age he burst onto the national recruiting radar. Fast forward and Walker has showed continued strides as a prospect. Setting the edge as a tackle he has the strength and foot quickness to set or hold the edge. He runs well and looks great carrying what is now likely over 300 pounds of weight. He has continued to show and develop a mean streak for finishing blocks and playing with a sustained level of aggression. He understands how to use his leverage to gain the upper hand. He is committed to Oklahoma.

2. Darrell Simpson, Justin (Texas) Northwest

Simpson is just a monster. He plays like a player who has always been big as he just seems to understand his body and how he is able to use it to outmaneuver defenders to clear lanes for ball carriers. If he gets his shoulders squared up he is not going to be moved backwards and he is strong enough to drive the defenders five yards off the line of scrimmage creating havoc as linebackers try to fill lanes to get to the football. He will need to continue to develop his technique and footwork to be counted on to protect the blindside but he his ceiling should be considered as a blue-chipper with left tackle potential. Already well over 300 pounds, so size and mass will not be a concern. Offers from schools like LSUOhio StateOklahomaTCU, and Texas A&M.

3. Rafiti Ghirmai, Frisco (Texas) Wakeland

Ghirmai is a top-tier offensive line prospect in the state of Texas' 2018 recruiting class. He possesses an adequate frame for the tackle spot at the Power Five conference level. He's fairly athletic relative to his position and has a big reach that should give him a high ceiling as a pass-blocker. Ghirmai could potentially prove position-versatile at the next level as well. He can play a bit high at times and his hand placement lacks consistency, but all the physical tools are there for Ghirmai, who thrives in the run game and owns the requisite traits to become a well-rounded high-major O-lineman. Offers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, and many more.

Rafiti Ghirmai (© Greg Powers)

4. Colten Blanton, Cypress (Texas) Ranch

Blanton is a big-framed offensive tackle prospect who's among the top O-linemen in Texas for the 2018 class. He's an excellent run-game asset thanks to his strength and quickness off the ball. His ceiling is high as a pass-protector because of his height, length, and overall frame potential. Blanton is committed to Texas A&M. 

5. Owen Condon, Oklahoma City (Okla.) Bishop Mcguinness

Condon is an offensive lineman who plays with a chip on his shoulder. He is massive, but light enough on his feet that he can stay in front of smaller, quicker, and more agile defenders. He has a strong initial punch and when his hands are locked in he will control the defender or move him out of he way. He is a strong run blocker on tape and he will fire off the ball and clear out lanes. He has a plus in the size category and could have some position flexibility. He currently has offers from schools like Arizona StateArkansas, GeorgiaOklahoma State, and TCU. 

The Best of the Rest

6. Connor Galvin, Katy (Texas)

http://www.scout.com/player/204557-connor-galvin

7. Reese Moore, Seminole (Texas)

http://www.scout.com/player/207261-reese-moore

8. Mike Ruth, Coppell (Texas)

http://www.scout.com/player/209589-mike-ruth

9. Casey Phillips, Franklin (Texas)

http://www.scout.com/player/212039-casey-phillips

10. Hunter Anthony, Tuttle (Okla.)

http://www.scout.com/player/209527-hunter-anthony


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