Oklahoma State offensive line coach Greg Adkins was patrolling the center of the field inside the Sherman Smith Training Center on Monday afternoon checking out the linemen dressed in helmets, shoulder pads, and shorts going through drills on the offensive end of the field.
But he couldn't seem to help but smile as he looked over at the younger group of offensive linemen. Three mountains stood tall in the group and watching them in drills revealed that they aren't just big but they can pick up their feet, kick-slide and move really well. Tuttle's Hunter Anthony, Bixby's Bryce Bray, and Bishop McGuinness' Owen Condon are the A, B, and C of the top offensive line prospects in the 2018 class now that Southmoore's Brey Walker has already committed to Oklahoma. Also, his last name doesn't fit in the ABC sequence.
Anthony (pictured above) is just a shade under 6-7 and weighs 325 pounds. Tuttle has always seemed to have big kids in the lineup and he is as big as I can remember seeing. Iowa State has already offered a scholarship, and honestly I would guess his list will blow up by the end of the summer if not by the end of this week.
Bray is 6-5, 300 pounds and very polished. He is a good reason that Oklahoma State defensive tackle commitment Brendon Evers gets such good work in practice. Bray is a load to deal with and is also athletic and moves really well. His run blocking is devastating, but he is equally as gifted in pass protection. He lists Oklahoma State and OU as his top schools.
Condon is just turning 16 years old and he is 6-7 and 310 pounds. I saw him two weeks ago at the Mustang team camp and could tell he had grown since last season. He is on the list, if not offered by a bunch of schools. Actually, SMU, Tulsa, Ohio, and Texas Tech have offered but the majority of schools across the Big 12 and the nation are well aware of Condon. His kick-slide technique is really good for a young offensive linemen and he has such long arms that it is tough for defensive ends to escape his reach.
There were two really good and hard-nosed seniors that stood out, and it is no surprise where the duo is from. Luke Melton (6-3, 315) and Hayden Reed (6-3.5, 300) are blocks of bright orange at Texas high school powerhouse Celina. Melton has offers from Louisiana-Monroe and New Mexico. Last season he was a first-team All-State offensive guard for the Texas Sports Writers Association and second-team for the Associated Press. Reed is starting to pick up more interest and would also be an offensive guard at the Division I level.
Over on the defensive side there were also a lot of younger prospects, but one senior that stood out was Midwest City's Jalen Richmond. The 6-4, 221-pounder has good moves and flies off the edge at defensive end. He already has an offer from Memphis and is a really good looking prospect.