A look at the '05 Offensive Line Class

How did this year's offensive line stack up?<br><br> To find out where we graded Ole Miss' 2005 Offensive Line Class, click here.

Offensive Line: B+

Hey, it all starts up front. The offensive line class of Reid Neely, Lance Lee, and Michael Oher are long on talent but short on numbers.

Ole Miss has not signed a threesome like this since Chris Spencer, Bobby Harris, and Tre Stallings in 2001. But after a few miss evaluations, getting beat out on several, and a few offensive linemen leaving the team, this year's offensive line class needed to be long on talent and numbers. Unfortunately, they fell short on the numbers aspect, but they could have not found a better three to work with for the future.

Next year, it will be vital to sign a big time offensive line class.


Lance Lee

Lance Lee (OL, Oxford, MS) - Listed as 6-5, 298 - Signed with Ole Miss in 2004 class, but did not enroll in college ... Member of PrepStar All-Southeast Region team as Top 275 ... Made SuperPrep Dixie Team and was No. 17 on Mississippi 22 list ... A Mississippi Association of Coaches Class 4A first team All-State offensive tackle ... Also named first team All-State by The Clarion-Ledger, and rated "Ten Most Wanted" status on that publication's Top 40 Recruits list ... Singled out as a Top 15 Prep Recruit by the Sun-Herald, which rated him as the No. 5 player in the State of Mississippi ... Honored as a member of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal and Oxford Eagle All-Area teams ... Was All-District and All-Area selection final two years ... Named second team All-State as a junior ... Played in the 2004 Mississippi-Alabama All-Star Classic in Mobile, Alabama ... Led Oxford to a 2003 North Half Championship and berth in the Mississippi Class 4A State Championship game ... Earned three letters in football ... Coached in high school by Johnny Hill ...Also lettered in basketball ... PERSONAL: Son of Leon and Mimi Lee ... Mother earned three letters in basketball at Ole Miss from 1976-78 ... Full name is Lance Leon Lee ... Born: July 12, 1985.

Reid Neely

Reid Neely (OL, Jackson, MS) - Listed as 6-6, 295. Played at Jackson Academy - Earned 2nd Team All-State honors from The Clarion-Ledger senior season and was 1st Team All-Metro final two years ... Was All-MPSA offensive lineman, and also earned North 3A All-Conference honors in 2003 and 2004 ... Participated in 2004 MPSA All-Star Game ... Rated No. 9 overall best prospect in Mississippi on Biloxi Sun Herald's Top 50 list ... Selected All-Mississippi by Scout.com and was ranked as the No. 12 overall best player in Mississippi ... Was rated No. 38 on Mobile Register 120 ... Selected Jackson Academy Most Valuable Lineman senior season ... Named to Top 40 list of The Clarion-Ledger and to SuperPrep Dixie Team, rating as No. 14 on Mississippi Top 21 list ... Was preseason All-Region pick of PrepStar magazine ... Helped lead team to 2003 and 2004 Mississippi Private School championships ... Earned three letters in football as offensive and defensive tackle ... Coached in high school by Joey Hawkins ... Also earned one letter in track, throwing the discus and shot ... Ranked third in state in shot ... PERSONAL: Son of Johnny and Diane Neely, who both attended Ole Miss ... Full name is Reid David Neely ... Born: March 1, 1987.

Michael Oher

Michael Oher (OL, Memphis, TN) - Listed as 6-4, 330, played at Briarcrest - Considered one of the top offensive linemen in the nation ... Earned 1st Team USA Today and EA Sports All-America honors ... Played in U.S. Army All-America Bowl in San Antonio, Texas ... Member of 2005 Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association All-Star team selected to compete against Kentucky on June 16, 2005 at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky. ... Picked by Tom Lemming/ESPN as the nation's top offensive tackle ... Named to SuperPrep All-America team and was ranked No. 24 among offensive linemen by that publication, which also had him on its Dixie Team, ranking No. 6 on its Tennessee Top 20 ... Rated No. 5 best offensive lineman in the country by Scout.com as well as first team All-America, No. 8 overall player in the South, and No. 37 overall player in the country .Selected the No. 1 player in the State of Tennessee by the Knoxville News-Sentinel ... Rated as the No. 2 player in the South by the Mobile Register as a member of its Super Southeast 120 squad ... Named to Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 and rated as No. 22 on its Top 25 recruits in the nation list ... "Mr. Football" in Tennessee ... Offensive Lineman of the Year in Tennessee ... 1st Team All-South selection by Fox Sports ... Chosen to Orlando Sentinel All-Southern team ... Named to Student Sports Hot 100 list, ranking as the nation's No. 5 offensive lineman ... Was named to PrepStar preseason Top 100 Dream Team, ranking No. 52 ... Two-time All-State selection ... Rated by The Commercial Appeal as No. 1 on Shelby-Metro's Most Wanted list ... As a senior, was credited with 130 "pancake" blocks, allowing no sacks, and grading out at 90 percent ... Didn't allow a sack in his two years and had 200 "pancakes" and an 85 percent grade ... Helped lead Briarcrest to 10-3 record and 2004 state championship ... Earned two letters in football ... Coached in high school by Hugh Freeze ... Also lettered twice in basketball and twice in track ... Basketball team went 27-6 in 2004, winning district championship ... Averaged 22 points and 10 rebounds in basketball, earning All-State honors as well as making the Sun Coast All-Tourney team ... In track, was state runner-up in discus ... PERSONAL: Son of Denise Oher and Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy ... Full name is Michael Jerome Oher ... Born: May 28, 1986.

Coach Orgeron on Michael

"I asked Michael to be the rock and cornerstone of our class. He was one of the first young men I saw here and I believe he will be a first round draft choice in the NFL. He's really, really a great player."

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