2017 SMU Football Big Board: Offensive Line

Billy breaks down where the 2017 offensive line class stands for SMU and what prospects the staff is targeting.

SMU's 2017 class already has a big land in it with Timber Creek offensive tackle Alan Ali. Ali was a solid early land and SMU will have to battle some Power Five schools to continue to keep him on board, but the staff is working for one more offensive tackle commit in this class and will be battling some big names to land that other lineman. Much like SMU's 2017 class in general, it'll be a smaller group than the first two years with SMU expected to sign up to two offensive linemen — both tackles. The team needs more athleticism and players that can play at the tackle positions and they'll address that in this class.

Priority Linemen

1. Timber Creek OT Alan Ali ***COMMIT***


Ali holds offers from Cal, Virginia, Iowa State, Arizona State, Nebraska, among others plus is getting major interest from Texas. The 6-5, 275-pound Ali is Scout's No. 10 tackle in Texas and is a key piece of the class so far. Timber Creek isn't exactly a passing powerhouse and that's why Ali's strength right now is definitely in run blocking. He's aggressive and finishes blocks well. Ali needs a little work in terms of his stance, which will be addressed by Dustin Fry on campus, but Ali is certainly one SMU can build an offensive line around especially with his long arms. If SMU can keep him locked up, Ali will be one of the better lands for Chad Morris since he's arrived.

2. John Jay OT Matthew Huhn


The No. 9 offensive tackle in Texas has picked up Michigan, Baylor, Illinois, Houston, among others is giving SMU a strong look and would be another high-quality land for SMU at offensive tackle. Huhn is from Wisconsin so the pull could be there to go back up north. I don't see Huhn deciding anytime soon and that could make it more difficult for SMU to land him if he continues to pick up more major offers. This would give SMU two bookends in the 2017 class that can really bring SMU's tackle situation to a little more stable situation with Bryce Wilds still developing and the freshmen not having played a snap yet in practice.

3. North Richland Hills OT Jared Hocker


With offers from Kansas State, Texas Tech, Houston and others, there's a feeling the Kansas commit isn't done looking around and one of his options is SMU. On film, he's quick off the ball and can really move in space. I'd like to see more nastiness from Hocker, but he's got the size and arm length you want in tackles. He hasn't picked up a few Power Five offers for nothing, but it'll be interesting to see when SMU can get him on campus if they can flip him.

4. Weatherford OT Zacchaeus McKinney


McKinney is the most intriguing prospect on this list as he's only really played offensive line since late last year. McKinney has trimmed down in an effort to move better and while he doesn't have that 6-6 size, he moves really well and SMU was out to watch him last week. The staff likes the way he can move and will have him on campus next week at this point. McKinney wouldn't go one way or the other in terms of if he'd commit, saying it'd be a feel think, but SMU is definitely in it for the Weatherford offensive tackle.

Longshot Candidates

1. Taylor OL Camron Horry


The Taylor offensive lineman have added LSU and Texas A&M offers since SMU was one of the first to offer the 6-6 future tackle. Horry has played tight end and defensive end at Taylor as well, but with his frame packing on even more weight, he'll grab was even more attention. It's a longshot for SMU at this point, but Horry would have been a game-changer along the offensive line.

2. Lake Travis OT Brenden Jaimes


The Nebraska commit had SMU among his favorites before committing to Nebraska on his visit, which many thought he wouldn't do as he had additional visits scheduled. Jaimes is firmly committed to Nebraska at this point, but you never know what could happen over the next nine months. He really loves the SMU coaching staff and he's a perfect fit for the system. If Jaimes were to have second thoughts, SMU would be right there for his signature if the class had a spot for him.

3. Faith Christian OT Luke McCleery


The relative unknown of the group, that is being watched intently by the coaching staff. Right now, McCleery doesn't have an offer, but he has a Division I frame as Fresno State and Toledo are his two offers. If he can develop more and improve throughout the season, he could be an option for the staff if the class needs to be filled out.


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