My Top Five Offensive Linemen In Texas
1) Maea Teuhema, 6-4.5 340, Keller — In a strong and deep offensive line class, this mauling LSU commitment stands alone as the state's top line prospect. Teuhema actually plays offensive tackle at Keller, and while he could play right tackle in the right offense, he projects as a potential future NFL player at guard, where his short area power and quickness for his size stand out that much more. Forget about Teuhema's times, as he'll change up his body a bit once he gets to college, lose some of the bad weight and tone up the good muscle. But right now, he's a living testament to the old football saying "Mass kicks ass." That's precisely what Teuhema does, using his bulk to overwhelm players and put them on their backsides.
2) Toby Weathersby, 6-4.5 295, Houston Westside — Like Teuhema, Weathersby is a dominant, run-blocking right tackle. But unlike Teuhema, Weathersby's best fit may be at right tackle, where he can use his quicks, power and mean streak to be the focal point of a team's running game. Facing third and two? Line up and run off tackle behind this guy, and you won't be disappointed. Weathersby could play left tackle in college, but his ideal spot would seem to be on the right, as he isn't quite as tall or long as some left tackle prospects. It's good that he picked Texas, as he's an ideal fit for Joe Wickline's offensive line, which depends a ton on zone-blocking principles, something that Weathersby does well already. Not only does he win individual battles, he shows smarts in the way he's able to time his combo blocks and peel off to the second level.
3) Patrick Vahe, 6-2.5 295, Euless Trinity — Wickline inherited an offensive line packed with talented younger players, meaning that the 2015s who play the earliest may be the ones who can plug into multiple positions. And that's what he has in Texas commitment Patrick Vahe, who could play any of the three interior spots in college. His tape at guard is excellent, showing a player with the strength to root-hog defenders off the spot while also displaying the mobility to pull and trap with ease. That combination, along with Vahe's intelligence, would seem to make him an ideal fit at center in that he can handle bigger nose tackles straight up, without much help, while also making the difficult angle and scoop blocks that a center has to make in Texas's offense.
4) Bobby Evans, 6-5 265, Allen — Here, we have our first left tackle prospect. Evans, who first surfaced as an outstanding blocking tight end as a sophomore before putting out strong left tackle tape as a junior, is headed to Oklahoma. They're getting a player who will need to continue to add quality weight, but who showcases athleticism, fluidity and bend on a regular basis. Evans is so comfortable making blocks in space, even against smaller players like linebackers, and his pass protection is a thing of beauty, with him using his length to keep defenders off his body. He needs to add bulk and strength — the major weakness of his tape is that he isn't necessarily somebody who moves the pile, or who overpowers defenders and drives them backwards. But that should come. For now, the Sooners are getting an athletic and skilled player, who, with work in the weight room, could be the next great Oklahoma left tackle.
5) Ronnie Major, 6-6 290, Huntsville — Just how stacked is this offensive line group? Scout.com has nine linemen ranked as four-stars with places in the Scout.com 300, and none of them are Major, a personal favorite of mine in this class. It was difficult to pick between Buda Hays's Connor Lanfear and Major, but I eventually went with the latter because while Lanfear is likely headed to guard at the next level (he could play right tackle), Major is a potential left tackle with a wickedly high ceiling. He's freakishly tall and long … even with him weighing 290 pounds, he still looks slender. There's definitely a rawness about Major, and a need to firm up his technique. And as his weight approaches its more natural football spot (310? 320? 330?), we'll see him add more power and strength to his game. But right now, he has the athleticism, the quick feet and the length to arguably emerge as the top lineman in this class, if he gets everything right. And that high ceiling is why he's here, at No. 5, ahead of more ready-made products like Lanfear.
Scout.com's Top Five In-State Offensive Linemen
1) Teuhema **** (No. 1 OG nationally)
2) Connor Lanfear, 6-5.5 285, Buda Hays, **** (No. 3 OG)— Texas A&M
3) Weathersby **** (No. 5 OT)
4) Evans **** (No. 6 OT)
5) Vahe **** (No. 9 OG)