Texas Trio: Interior Offensive Line

Michael Starts leads a strong group of interior linemen. But will he even play offense in college?

1) Michael Starts, Waco La Vega (undecided)

Starts entered the 2012 recruiting process as one of the state's most versatile offensive line prospects. Now, it seems that versatility could apply across the line of scrimmage as well. At 6-foot-5 and 275 pounds, Starts has the athleticism to play tackle, though he's the state's top guard prospect because of his mobility. Unfortunately, he might not even wind up on a team's offensive line. Teams have begun discussing the prospect of employing Starts on the defensive line instead, and it appears to be something that has given the young prospect some pause. Starts has offers on the table from Auburn, Baylor, Michigan, Notre Dame, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, USC and others.



2) Curtis Riser, DeSoto (Texas)

Riser is a mauler with a great frame and surprising athleticism. At 6-5 300, he has the type of body that could lead to him playing right away. He showcased his ability in winning the OL MVP award at the Houston Nike Camp earlier this month. Riser accomplished that feat despite it being the first time he was able to test out his surgically repaired knee. As late as late March, he wasn't even able to run. He's another high-potential guy who should give the Longhorns some toughness inside.



3) John McGee, Texarkana (undecided)

McGee is one of the top center prospects in the country, despite playing left tackle for Texarkana. He has outstanding quickness, though his strength could use some work. He'll have plenty of time to work on that strength as he fills out his 6-4 frame. Right now, he's at about 260 pounds, and could probably play comfortably in the 285-295 pound range, while serving as a high-level pull and trap player. He has offers from a dozen or so schools, though Missouri and Oklahoma may be atop his list.



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Call me a big fan of Hiva Lutui of Euless Trinity. Lutui lacks ideal height, but there's no doubting his tremendous strength in a phone booth and the way he overpowers opponents. Oklahoma grabbed a top guard in Kyle Marrs of San Antonio Brandeis with a great frame.


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