West: Top Offensive Linemen

Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco's Damien Mama tops the West's early list at offensive guard and Arizona five-star Casey Tucker leads the early list of the West's best tackles...

West: Early Top Ten Offensive Guards
Location: Bellflower, Calif.
High School: St. John Bosco
Size: 6-5, 340
Recruiting: Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, California, Colorado, Florida State, Fresno State, Hawaii, Mississippi, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oregon State, San Jose State, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington, Washington State
The Skinny: Mama plays right tackle for Bosco and showed enough athleticism at the recent NIKE Camp to potentially stay at tackle in college. Saying that, with his massive frame and mauling style of play, we think guard is probably where he has the highest upside. Mama is currently the No. 2 rated offensive lineman in the west behind only tackle Casey Tucker and he has definitely closed the gap. He's a tough, physical player, a true road grader and with his ability to move for a 350+ lineman, his upside is off the charts.
Location: Phoenix, Ariz.
High School: Mountain Pointe
Size: 6-2/300
Recruiting: Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Boise State, California, Colorado, Iowa State, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, Northern Arizona, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, UCLA, USC, Utah, Vanderbilt, Washington
The Skinny: Curtis is not just on of the region's top guard prospects but a solid defensive tackle prospect as well. In fact, Curtis said half of his offers have come in as a defensive lineman. We like him on offense and feel he brings a lot to the table. He's very tough, light on his feet and plays with a mean streak. He shows great lateral mobility, competes very hard and has the ideal mindset of someone you want playing in the box.
Location: Corona, Calif.
High School: Centennial
Size: 6-3/285
Recruiting: Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, California, Florida State, Mississippi, Oregon, San Jose State, UCLA, USC, Utah, Utah State, Washington, Washington State
The Skinny: Talamaivao missed most of his junior season with a foot injury but looked plenty healthy at the NIKE Camp. His coming out party was at the same camp a year ago when he earned MVP honors. Talamaivao is the definition of nasty and definitely understands the concept of playing through the whistle. He's a tough player to play against because of how physical he is and the only question is will he stay at guard or possibly move to center because of his size.
Location: La Habra, Calif.
High School: La Habra
Size: 6-5/285
Recruiting: Committed to USC
The Skinny: Lobendahn plays tackle but size wise, we think guard might be where he ends up. Like Curtis, Lobendahn is full time two-way player and is just as talented on the defensive line. He's the son of a coach and plays with an advanced technique level and high understanding of the game. He moves well, is very strong and has the frame to add a lot of good weight for the next level.
Location: Phoenix, Ariz.
High School: Brophy Prep
Size: 6-3/295
Recruiting: Arizona, Arizona State, UCLA, Washington, Washington State
The Skinny: Have we mentioned it was a great year for talent in Arizona yet? Hall is yet another national recruit who can play for anyone in the Pac 12. He's tall for a guard and looks all of 6-4, maybe even 6-5 but plays with great technique, not surprising, he's the son of former NFL OL Travis Hall . He finishes his blocks, can get to the second level and shows plenty of toughness to excel at the next level.

The Next Five:
6. Jon Sekona (Glendale, Ariz.)
7. Larry Allen (Concord, Calif.)
8. Kammy Delp (Pomona, Calif.)
9. Charles Nelson (San Jose, Calif.)
10. Troy Bacon (Apple Valley, Calif.)



West: Early Top Ten Offensive Tackles
Location: Chandler, Ariz.
High School: Hamilton
Size: 6-5/270
Recruiting: Committed to USC
The Skinny: It's a very deep year for talent in Arizona and Tucker is currently rated the No. 1 overall prospect in the state. He's the top overall lineman in the West and has a great upside to him. He's a natural tackle prospect with a prototype frame that he'll have no problem growing in to. He's very strong physically, plays with a mean streak and is a plus athlete as well. A good H.S lineman should dominate his man and that's what Tucker does. He physically manhandles opposing lineman and is a great looking prospect.
Location: Tucson, Ariz.
High School: Sabino
Size: 6-7/270
Recruiting: Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, California, Northern Arizona, Penn State, Utah, Washington
The Skinny: Mike doesn't get a lot of national attention but when you watch his film, it's tough to understand why. He's not as physical as Tucker but probably has an even better frame and moves just as well. He has long arms, moves his feet very well and plays with a mean streak. He understands how to finish off a block and is the type of lineman who will fight and battle you every play for an entire game and has the ideal mindset for the position.
Location: La Jolla, Calif.
High School: Country Day
Size: 6-8, 335
Recruiting: Committed to USC
The Skinny: Poland is tough to evaluate as he won't actually play this coming season due to the fact he has already played four years of H.S ball but re-classified to the junior class last summer. He's a mammoth lineman who looks like he could still be growing. He plays on both sides of the ball and moves around pretty well for big man but the concern is will he eventually outgrow the position? In college, he'll be going against opposing rush ends who can fly off the edge so Poland needs to continue to work on his overall feet and athleticism.
Location: Fife, Wash.
High School: Fife
Size: 6-6/272
Recruiting: Arizona State, California, Nebraska, Oregon, Oregon State, Utah, Washington, Washington State
The Skinny: McGary is the top lineman in Washington and actually plays a lot of tight end at the H.S level. He'll have to make the transition to tackle in college but has all the physical tools to do so. He's already a very good blocker and once he fills out his massive frame and adds more upper body strength, he has a chance to be really be special. The athleticism is definitely there, which you would expect from a converted tight end and he's plenty tough as well.
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
High School: Brighton
Size: 6-6.5/275
Recruiting: Committed to Utah
The Skinny: Barton has the frame to just engulf opposing defensive ends. He's another huge kid with a prototype frame and when you watch his tape, his balance and footwork really impresses. He does a real nice job sliding his feet on speed rushers but also has the strength to stand up to a bull rusher. He's physical at the point of attack, finishes his blocks and just a real solid looking player with a nice upside.

 


The Next Five:
6. Tyrell Crosby (Henderson, Nev.)
7. Layth Friekh (Peoria, Ariz.)
8. Sam Jones (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
9. Kameron Schroeder (Elk Grove, Calif.)
10. Sean Krepsz (Riverside, Calif.)


West: Early Top Five Centers
1. Dalton Risner
Location: Wiggins, Colo.
High School: Wiggins
Size: 6-4, 285
Recruiting: Committed to Kansas State
The Skinny: Risner has a bigtime nasty streak and motor. He plays through the echo of the whistle and finishes defenders on every play. Its not often that you see an offensive lineman run down on kickoff or make tackles on punt team.
2. Trenton Noller
Location: Windsor, Colo.
High School: Windsor
Size: 6-3/311
Recruiting: Arizona, Wyoming
The Skinny: Noller plays the game with a combination of intelligence and controlled fury. Surprisingly agile for a big kid, Noller relishes getting his hands on linebackers and defensive backs and making them pay.
3. Michael Trani
Location: La Mirada, Calif.
High School: La Mirada
Size: 6-3/260
Recruiting: New Mexico, New Mexico State
The Skinny: Plays tackle now, but projects inside as a center or even possibly a guard in college.  Good athlete and terrific run blocker, Trani is also a good student and has a high football IQ.
4. Bryce Holland
Location: Chandler, Ariz.
High School: Hamilton
Size: 6-2/250
Recruiting: Army
The Skinny: A part of one of the top offensive lines in the state of Arizona along with Casey Tucker (the West's top lineman), Holland is a pure center and the top at his position in state.
5. Kamryn Bennett
Location: Peoria, Ariz.
High School: Centennial
Size: 6-4/285
Recruiting: Arizona, Arizona State
The Skinny: Has played offensive tackle but is playing right guard now and inside is where he will play at the next level. Strong, nasty and big.

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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