West 2013: Top OTs, Interior OLs

The top two interior offensive linemen in the West are not from California, while the West's top offensive tackles are led by one of UCLA's top targets, Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco's Nico Falah...

West: Top Five Offensive Guards/Centers
Location: Parker, Colo.
High School: Ponderosa
Size: 6-5, 285
Recruiting: Committed to Michigan
Highlights:
Scouting Report: Fox isn't just the top guard prospect in the West but the top overall prospect in the state as well. He plays tackle for Ponderosa and is also a talented defensive lineman but we think he projects best on the interior of the line. He's a physical and nasty player who moves well in space. He's very athletic for a big man, has a great frame, plays with a motor and has a great upside to him. Few lineman have the ability to play anywhere on the offensive line but Fox fits the ball and was a great early pickup for the Wolverines.
 
Location: Beaverton, Ore.
High School: Aloha
Size: 6-5/270
Recruiting: Committed to BYU
Highlights:
Scouting Report: Kearsley gave an early commitment to BYU last summer but college coaches obviously didn't get the memo and have been recruiting the lineman harder than ever. Offers are pouring in for the versatile lineman and for good reason. Kearsley can play guard or tackle in college and is one of the best run blockers in the region. He's an extremely physical player and if you want to know what it looks like to finish off a play the right way, watch Kearsley. He plays with a relentless style to him and has the kind of motor college coaches love.
 
Location: Orange, Calif.
High School: Orange Lutheran
Size: 6-5/320
Recruiting: Colorado, Florida State, UCLA, USC, Washington
Highlights:
Scouting Report: Lopez has been on the recruiting radar since his freshman year and landed his first scholarship offer from UCLA prior to taking a varsity snap. He's a huge kid with a wide frame and massive shoulders. He has a college body right now and just need to continue to work on his overall strength and athleticism. He's a powerful drive blocker and has benefited from some great coaching at the H.S level as his technique is already very advanced.
 
Location: San Clemente, Calif.
High School: San Clemente
Size: 6-5/260
Recruiting: Boise State, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, USC, Utah, Washington
Highlights:
Scouting Report: Harlow played in the shadows of all-world tackle Kyle Murphy a year ago but quietly had a very good season. He played tackle and has the feet and athleticism to stay there at the next level. He's a very physical player with a natural mean streak. He has excellent lateral mobility enabling him to be an advanced pass blocker at an early age. Harlow is the son of former USC All-American Pat Harlow and he has definitely benefited as his technique and knowledge of the game is at the college level right now.
Location: Orange, Calif.
High School: Orange Lutheran
Size: 6-5/285
Recruiting: California, Colorado, Florida, Florida State, Oregon, Stanford, TCU
Highlights:
Scouting Report: Sutton doesn't get the same recognition as OL teammate john Lopez but he might have had an ever better junior year. He's not as massive as Lopez but moves better and is just as physical. He mauls opposing linemen, plays with leverage and can get out in space and is an effective blocker on a linebacker down the field. He's a tireless worker off the field and is one of the strongest lineman in the state.
 

The Next Five: C David Maka (Tustin, Calif.), C Dane Crane (Santa Margarita, Calif.), OG Andrew Kirkland (Portland Jesuit, Ore), OG Nick Whitton (Villa Park, Calif.), OG Logan Stott (St. George, Utah)


West: Top Five Offensive Tackles
Location: Bellflower, Calif.
High School: St. John Bosco
Size: 6-5, 270
Recruiting: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Oregon, UCLA, USC
Highlights:
Scouting Report: Falah is an athletic tackle who moves very well. He's a physical player, who finishes his blocks and plays with a mean streak. He has a great frame and will have no problem adding another 25 pounds or so in college. He shows very good lateral mobility and projects as a prototype left tackle at the next level. He benefits playing in a pro style offense and is equally solid as a both a run blocker and pass protector. As he continues to add strength in his upper body, he'll take his game to another level.
 
Location: Phoenix, Ariz.
High School: Mountain Pointe
Size: 6-5/260
Recruiting: Arizona, Arizona State, Nebraska, Oregon State, UCLA, USC
Highlights:
Scouting Report: Lacy is an intriguing player who has a chance to be very good in college. He's still raw in some areas but has a lot of tools that project well to the next level. He has the kind of frame you can build around, long arms, moves well and finishes his blocks. He plays well in space and does a nice job getting to the second level. He needs to get stronger, as most H.S lineman do, but he's definitely someone worth watching very closely over the next few years.
 
3. Evan Voeller
Location: West Linn, Ore.
High School: West Linn
Size: 6-5/285
Recruiting: Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, Washington, Washington State
Highlights:
Scouting Report: Voeller can play guard or tackle in college and has been one of state's best lineman since his sophomore year. He physically manhandles opposing players at the high school level and is a true road grader. He's very strong and does a great job finishing his blocks. He plays through the whistle and has improved his overall athleticism tremendously in the last year and a half. Whether he plays guard or tackle in college will be determined by how his overall quickness continues to improve.
 
4. Erik Bunte
Location: Santa Margarita, Calif.
High School: Santa Margarita
Size: 6-7/310
Recruiting: Arizona State, Auburn, California, Duke, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Washington
Highlights:
Scouting Report: Bunte might have been the tallest guard in the country last year, at any level. He played on a loaded team as a junior but will move to his more natural position of tackle this fall. Despite his height, Bunte did a great job at guard playing low and showing his athleticism. He moves very well in space and has above average athleticism. His long arms and great lateral mobility are prototype for a future tackle and it will be exciting to see Bunte develop over the coming season.
5. Sean Dowling
Location: Fallbrook, Calif.
High School: Fallbrook
Size: 6-6/265
Recruiting: Colorado, Navy, San Diego State, UCLA, Washington State
Highlights:
Scouting Report: Dowling isn't getting a lot of national hype right now but when you watch his tape, it's tough to understand why. He's one of the most athletic tackles in the region and does as good a job at getting in to the second level as anyone. He has a great frame, very solid, not sloppy and shows the toughness needed to excel at the next level. He plays through the whistle and once he engages his man, the play is over.
 

The Next Five: J.D. Hinnant (Fountain Valley, Calif.), Riley Sorenson (Santa Margarita, Calif.), Aaron Cochran (Atwater Buhach Colony, Calif.), Dan Skipper (Arvada Ralston Valley, Colo), Max Rich (Portland Jesuit, Ore.)

 


National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins (@GregBiggins), National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager Brandon Huffman (@BrandonHuffman), Southwest Recruiting Analyst Jason Jewell (@jason247scout) and Northwest Recruiting Analyst Jake Worthen (@JakeWorthen) contributed to these rankings.
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