Midlands: Final Top Ten Guards

FRISCO, Texas -- Scout.com finalizes its 2014 positional rankings...

1. Braden Smith

Nat'l Rating: 26
Pos. Rating: 1
Location: Olathe,Kansas
High School: Olathe South Sr HS
Size: 6'6|292
Recruiting: Down to Auburn, TCU and Texas A&M. Will announce on signing day.

Under Armour All-American. One of the most physically impressive specimens in the country. He is a beast in the weightroom and that strength shows on tape. He has quick feet and good athleticism which allows him to pull effectively. Even though he is very muscular he is not robotic with his movement. He plays low, with good pad level and shows good flexibility. He plays both ways in high school and could play OT, OG or DT in college. He is a no frills, hard-nosed player.

2. Demetrius Knox

Nat'l Rating: 107
Pos. Rating: 7
Location: Fort Worth,Texas
High School: All Saints' Episcopal School
Size: 6'4|305
Recruiting: Committed to Ohio State

U.S. Army All-American. Plays tackle in high school, but will likely be a guard in college. He has a nice frame for adding more weight and is very athletic for an OL. He moves really well, especially laterally. Long arms and quick feet. Will like to see how he develops and if he can stay healthy in 2013. Has upside but needs to develop more consistency snap to snap.

3. Andy Bauer

Nat'l Rating: NA
Pos. Rating: 16
Location: St. Louis,Missouri
High School: De Smet Jesuit HS
Size: 6'5|295
Recruiting: Committed to Missouri

Under Armour All-American. A dominating drive blocker, who plays with a high level of aggression and seems to relish contact and taking the opposition down to the turf. He usually gets the upper hand with a great first step and push on the defender and then finishes the block off with his power and size. His footwork is very good and he has the ability to steer his defender where he wants him to go. He finishes his blocks well and gets a high number of pancakes.

4. D.J. Foster

Nat'l Rating: NA
Pos. Rating: 19
Location: Lincoln,Nebraska
High School: Lincoln Southeast HS
Size: 6'3|314
Recruiting: Committed to Nebraska

Semper Fidelis All-American. Is a tad bit undersized, but is very strong. He is strong in his pass pro and as a run blocker. Proved his worth on the field as a senior with a good highlight tape and then again in the All-American bowl, showing he could take on players who were college ready and against a higher level of competition than what he typically faced in Nebraska preps.

5. Blake Blackmar

Nat'l Rating: NA
Pos. Rating: 21
Location: Houston,Texas
High School: Clear Lake HS
Size: 6'5|315
Recruiting: Committed to Baylor

Semper Fidelis All-American. One of the more versatile linemen on the list and because of that he is a very intriguing prospect. He has the wingspan of an offensive tackle, the bulk of an offensive guard and can also snap the ball. Making him a possible target at multiple positions -- could play tackle, guard or center. He has a massive upper body and a strong punch. He is very strong, especially at the point of contact, sometimes obliterating defenders. Tough to move.

The Next Five:
6. Ty Barrett
7. Lemaefe Galea'i
8. Josh Pelzel
9. Robert Castaneda
10. Michael Fairchild


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