Iowa State 2016 Class Review: O-Line

AllCyclones.com is taking a position by position look at Iowa State's 2016 class. Up next is the offensive line where the Cyclones bolstered the group with six additions.

Who Iowa State Added

 

The Scouting Report

Oge Udeogu: Udeogu is a 6-foot-4, 310-pound physical guard with experience at the JUCO level that could allow him to start immediately for the Cyclones in 2016. Ranked as the No. 79 overall JUCO in the 2016 class, Udeogu has good size and a nastiness to his game. The expectation is that Udeogu will compete to start at either left or right guard beginning with his arrival this summer. — Scout's Alex Halsted

Karson Green: While Green is labeled as a guard, he played center in high school and has experience at guard, tackle and center at the JUCO level. Green provides the Cyclones an offensive lineman with position flexibility who could move around depending on need. For now, there appears to be a chance he could get a look at center this spring. On film, Green is a nasty, tough-nosed and high-energy lineman.  — Scout's Alex Halsted

Tyler Catalina: Catalina must still settle on the Cyclones after adding a number of Power 5 offers since signing a financial aid agreement with Iowa State in December. Assuming he holds true to his commitment, Catalina will provide a big, 6-foot-6, 300-pound tackle who has started 33 games at tackle at the FCS level. Catalina is a big, physical tackle who would almost certainly start for Iowa State from Day 1. — Scout's Alex Halsted

Sean Foster: Foster has the perfect frame at 6-foot-8, 295 pounds to develop into a Big 12 offensive tackle. While Foster is long, he still moves well for his size and has the bend and mobility of a smaller lineman. With a year of development in Iowa State's weight program and under the tutelage of Tom Manning, Foster could develop into a long-term tackle for the Cyclones in the years to come.  — Scout's Alex Halsted

Josh Mueller: Mueller has good size at 6-foot-6, 260 pounds and is very athletic. The prospect out of Wisconsin is still very raw after playing defensive end for the bulk of his high school career until moving to the offensive side for his senior season, but his physical play and athleticism should help him transition nicely.  — Scout's Alex Halsted

Keenan Forbes: After spending his high school career at left tackle, the 6-foot-3 Forbes will move to the interior at Iowa State. Forbes has long arms and is likely best suited for the interior, but he does still have position flexibility if needed. Forbes has great athleticism and explosiveness off the line. — Scout's Alex Halsted

 

The Position Situation

With the loss of several offensive linemen from the 2015 season, Iowa State needed to bolster the group with experienced linemen. The Cyclones did just that with JUCOs Oge Udeogu and Karson Green and graduate transfer Tyler Catalina. Assuming Catalina still arrives on campus, all three could be in position to start and certainly provide depth in the two-deep for a program that will be more run-heavy in 2016. Meanwhile, the Cyclones added three prospects in Sean Foster, Josh Mueller and Keenan Forbes who should develop in Iowa State's system in Year 1 but in the long-run will be valuable assets to the offensive line of the future. 


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