Top Five Offensive Linemen is taking a look at the top in-state players. Up now, the offensive line.

1) Darius James, Harker Heights (Texas)

What's this, a center at No. 1? Consider that a combination of James's titanic skill-set, and the fact that the class doesn't necessarily have an elite offensive tackle (more on this in a bit). James may be a bit sloppy at 320 pounds, but it doesn't seem to cost him athleticism (maybe a bit of stamina), as his feet are cat-quick for a guy his size. He makes a lot of blocks in space, and can get to the second level well.

2) Kent Perkins, Lake Highlands (Texas)

Perkins is the top tackle in the in-state class, and while I'm high on him, I don't know that I'd rather have him than somebody like, say, Kennedy Estelle in last year's class. He's a right tackle with tremendous punch, somebody who can maul the guy in front of him. He moves well for his size and can be really physical in the run game.

3) Ishmael Wilson, Dallas Bishop Dunne (Texas A&M)

Wilson has the frame to play offensive tackle, though — like Michael Starts a year ago — I'm not sure that he isn't a potential high future draft pick as a guard. Wilson can drive and can pick up players in space when he gets out there. He also does a nice job of walling off his man when pass blocking.

4) J.J. Gustafson, Dallas Jesuit (Texas A&M)

Maybe the best pure left tackle in the in-state crop, Gustafson shows an excellent ability to mirror his man when pass-blocking, and seldom seems to be put off balance. He can mangle people when run blocking at times right now, but he needs to work on his pad level a bit before heading to the next level. But if you're looking for a polished pass-blocker, Gustafson might be your guy.

5) Maurice Porter, Missouri City Marshall

Porter is a tackle in high school, but projects best as a guard at the next level. He really drives when run blocking and can root hog defenders out of their space to create creases for the running backs. As a pass blocker, he's significantly more raw. But toss him on the interior line, and any of his weaknesses will be masked, while his strengths (like his strength) would only be enhanced. Great frame for an interior guy as well.

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