2010 Offensive Line: A Look Ahead

Aggie Websider's Paul Wargo outlines the 2010 offensive line. Wargo takes a look ahead and breaks down each lineman with an objective outlook. Read it in the tailgate...

After securing its fifth offensive line commit and twentieth overall in four star Jake Matthews, Texas A&M and its fans can now sleep easy for years to come regarding the big hogs up front.

In the class of 2010, Sherman found himself facing a glaring need at offensive tackle and wanted a full offensive line in this class, but full of tackles and versatile players. In pursuing this goal, Sherman and offensive line coach Jim Turner designated twelve in-state prospects they deemed as offer-worthy, subsequently landing five of them, all proven high school tackles. This on-field performance at the tackle position is something the program has desperately missed for years.

We interviewed and evaluated each one in chronological order of their commitment date.

SHEP KLINKE, Katy 6-foot-6.5, 295 lbs.

Klinke comes from powerhouse Katy high school, and already has two state championship rings to his name. Sherman found a diamond in the rough with Klinke, as he had no offers when Turner and Sherman sent theirs.

WEBSIDER EVALUATION Klinke is good at the point of attack, good hand placement in the run game, gathers and builds up strength before contact and finishes blocks to the ground. He gets to the second level quickly with solid balance to block an oncoming linebacker, as well as double teams with power on run plays. Good reach blocker. Inconsistent with his knee bend as he plays a little high at times, but with great flexibility and solid leg drive at others.

Klinke is one of the biggest high schoolers you'll ever see as well, absolutely dwarfs the other four offensive line commits at a legitimate 6-foot-6.5 with the potential to put on at least thirty pounds in college.

GARRETT GRAMLING, Denton Ryan 6-foot-6, 305 lbs.

Gramling is Texas Tech quarterback commit Scotty Young's blind side protector and I feel he could project to a number of the offensive line positions, probably everything but center as he is too tall. After racking up offers from several Big 12 North schools, Gramling's April 4th commitment marked A&M's third on the offensive line. The Denton Ryan product

WEBSIDER EVALUATION Gramling plays a two point stance in his high school spread offense. He shows great explosion off the ball with his run blocking. Needs work on his hand placement as defenders try to get away but are overpowered with his sheer size. Moves well when called for a screen pass and can find defensive backs for punishment. Outstanding feet and leg drive in pass protection. While he's not the leanest kid in the world, he is athletic, tall, and flexible and should not be ruled out at tackle, although his position at Texas A&M is most likely guard.

CEDRIC OGBUEHI Allen 6-foot-5, 270 lbs.

Ogbuehi is seen as a project type of tackle who is two or three years away from being a major contributor in the Big 12. That didn't stop him from garnering first team All-State honors in his very first year playing the position at Allen while producing a state championship.

Ogbuehi listed more than a few reasons why he is now committed to the Aggies, "I chose A&M because it's a great school, good atmosphere, nice people, cool coaches, I know two players there (2009 signees Uzoma Nwachukwu and Steven Terrell) already so that's good, it's close to home, and there's a bright uprising. My strengths on the field are my feet, my conditioning, and my athleticism. I'm not really huge but I play huge on the field."

Ogbuehi already has connected with several of the other offensive line commits "I know Luke Joeckel and the kid from Katy, they're cool. I saw them at the camp and they're chill. I don't know what I'm going to play at Texas A&M, I'll play whatever though, even defense."

WEBSIDER EVALUATION Ogbuehi plays right tackle for the state champion Allen Eagles. Has the thinnest arms I've ever seen on a 270 pounder. Stout lower body but will need to develop his upper body in a college strength program. Ogbuehi has the best frame of the bunch and could play at 315+.

From his right tackle position and two point stance, Ogbuehi generates a lot of power in the run game, gathers strength on the snap and unleashes it on contact. Powerful with his punch on the run and doesn't let anyone loose. When a stout and powerful defensive end punches him, Ogbuehi is thrown off balance due to his small upper body. A little too much weight on his heels in his pass sets and can get off balance there as well.

LUKE JOECKEL, Arlington 6-foot-6, 290 lbs.

Arguably A&M's best offensive line commit, Joeckel was offered by near everyone in the south before his April 4th commitment to Texas A&M, including Oklahoma and LSU. Joeckel too is excited about playing with the other commits in this class, "I've met all of them. They're all great guys and I can't wait to play with them. I picked Texas A&M because it's a great school. Coach Sherman and Coach Turner are amazing. I never got the feeling anywhere like I did at A&M."

The four star, unlike some of the other commits, already knows where he will be playing along the offensive line, "The coaches said I'll be playing tackle like I do now. I'll play either one but I'd rather play left tackle." While Joeckel plays right tackle in high school, he anticipates an easy switch if he plays the blind side. "My strengths are I'm a tough player, I finish blocks every time. Sometimes I'm too aggressive though to the point that I miss my man, and I'm working on that."

WEBSIDER EVALUATION The first thing one notices with Joeckel is his current body and frame. His listed height and weight are legit and he is one of the leaner offensive linemen you will ever see at 290 pounds. Joeckel plays with a mean streak and extreme desire to hurt defenders and keep them on the ground, also something he is good at, due to his strong hip drive and body lift. Double teams and chip blocks well. He gets to the second level with ease despite his big body due to his excellent flexibility. Joeckel shows inconsistent punch in pass protection and doesn't keep his arms tight inside. Also not the best reach blocker but is competitive enough at this level to not lose those battles with opposing players.

JAKE MATTHEWS, Fort Bend Elkins 6-foot-5, 275 lbs.

After taking multiple visits to Texas A&M, USC, and the University of Texas, Matthews officially announced his verbal commitment to Texas A&M on Tuesday. As is well known in the Aggie community, Matthews is the son of Hall of Fame NFL offensive linemen Bruce Matthews, the cousin of Green Bay Packers first round draft pick and former USC Trojan Clay Matthews, and the younger brother of Texas A&M's starting center Kevin Matthews. To say the Fort Bend Elkins product comes from a good football pedigree is a bold understatement.

At Texas A&M Matthews will play either tackle or center and looks to be a potential all-conference selection at either position under the direction of Coach Sherman and Turner.

WEBSIDER EVALUATION Matthews has been described to me as the "perfect left tackle prospect" by many close to him. At 275 pounds, Matthews is shredded all the way around. He sports wide shoulders that are proof of his outstanding frame, a large lower body, great arm length, big biceps, and a thin waist. Matthews passes the eyeball test with flying colors and will probably play around 295-300 in college.

While Matthews can play any position on the offensive line, in high school he has played left tackle and center. Like Gramling, he plays out of a two point stance with ease. He looks nearly perfect as a pass blocker. Gets in a good set, keeps his feet moving, makes good contact with outstanding hand placement, and keeps good balance. Stays locked on and then uses his strong hips to blow his opponent off balance. He's good at getting defenders to bite on the draw as he goes from his pass set to the second level, however can't seem to find a man to block once he's there, a trait that will be long forgotten with more film study and greater knowledge of his offense.

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