Rating the O-line prospects

With Tennessee desperately needing to bolster its offensive line depth, Vol fans should be encouraged that the recent UT Lineman Camp attracted some high-quality O-line prospects.

Obviously, pinpointing the top blockers from the camp is a difficult task. For one thing, there were no pads. For another, most of the drills focused on pass-protecting instead of run-blocking. In addition, some of the blockers had to square off against a higher caliber of defensive linemen than others.

That said, several blockers showed the potential to be excellent college players. Here's a look at my top five:

1. Zach Fulton, Homewood High School of Flossmoor, Illinois: This 6-5, 315-pounder looked like a man among boys at times. Massive yet mobile, he exhibited tremendous punch, excellent technique and surprisingly nimble feet. Fulton was so impressive that he was offered a scholarship by Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin before day's end. He got previous offers from Illinois and Indiana.

2. James Stone, Nashville Maplewood. The heralded 6-5, 280-pounder struggled with some of the speed-rushing ends at Tennessee's camp but still managed to show why he's one of the top blocking prospects in America. With offers too numerous to mention, Stone can play for just about any college he chooses.

3. Marquis Pair, Sumter (S.C.) High School. The 6-6, 275-pounder exhibited the quickest feet among all of the blockers at the UT lineman camp. This enabled him to share the Offensive MVP award with Fulton and Stone. If Pair can add 20 pounds and maintain his current level of agility, he should be something special at the collegiate level. Blessed with 5.0 speed over 40 yards, he's getting a lot of interest from Tennessee, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Clemson and South Carolina.

4. Jake Smith, Jacksonville (Ala.) High School. Although he lacks the quickness to play tackle, this burly 6-4, 314-pounder looks like a natural to play guard in college ... maybe center. He was the first in line for just about every drill and exhibited the combative nature that you love to see in an offensive lineman. Auburn and Vanderbilt appear to be the schools most interested in him at this time.

5. Cameron Clemmons, Wilson Central High, Lebanon, Tenn. Son of former Vol Tony Clemmons, Cameron is a 6-7, 260-pounder who probably needs to add 30 pounds to play at the collegiate level. Blessed with good strength and agility, he already has offers from Stanford and Western Kentucky, with many more to follow.

Just missed:

- Tony Kibler, 6-5, 310, Belle Glade, Fla. - Already offered by Arkansas and South Florida

- Jared Duke, 6-6, 336, Clarkston, Tenn. - Surprisingly nimble for such a big guy

James Bryant, InsideTennessee.com's resident recruiting expert, was impressed with the O-linemen he saw at the UT camp, as well. Here are his rankings:

1. Zach Fulton

2. James Stone

3. Marques Pair

4. Tony Kibler

5. Curtis Virges

Just Missed:

- Cedric Frierson

- Zack Tait


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