California Offensive Linemen to Watch in 2002

2002 is going to be a great season in California for big offensive linemen that move very well. There are some of the most coveted guys in the country when it comes to recruiting. Here is a look at several guys that should be at the top of everyone's list.

Dan Christian            
City College of San Francisco

6-6, 340                       

Terra Nova H.S.                

Pacifica, California

Outstanding starting offensive tackle for thew 2001 National Champion CCSF Rams.  Gray-shirted in 2000 prior to playing in 2001.  According to head coach George Rush, "Dan is the real deal.  What he has for a man his size is an uncanny ability to run.  He is very athletic and he's just now learning to play.  As he improves, he will be a great one.  His academics have improved just as his playing ability has improved."  In 2001, Dan often pulled when the Rams ran their counter play, showing just how well he runs for a big man.  Dan Christian will likely be a  mid-year transfer.

Dan Christian

Dan Christian

Perry Thompson
Sacramento City College
6-7, 300
Grant High School
Sacramento, California

Coming out of Grant High School in 2000, Perry Thompson was a known talent.  He inked a letter of intent with the University of Arizona on signing day.  He redshirted at U of A in 2000, but before the 2001 season, he returned to Sacramento and enrolled at Sacramento City College.  Needless to say, Thompson's decision to return home gave a big boost to an already strong Sac City offensive line.  Thompson started at tackle from day one and hasn't looked back since.  He was a first team All-NorCal Conference player for the Panthers.  According to Sac City offensive coordinator Jared Brown, "Perry is a prototype offensive tackle.  He is twice as good as anyone I saw this season, and I saw some pretty good guys including some great players here at Sac City."  He has a great frame with long arms and outstading feet and quickness for a guy his size.  Expect Perry Thompson to return to the Division I level following his time at Sac City if everything pans out academically.

 

Joe Eddleman
Fullerton College
6-4, 320
Placentia High School
Valencia, California

Joe Eddleman's decision to grayshirt in 2000 is looking like a better and better dicision every day.  As a freshman in 2000, Eddleman did not play for the Hornets, but practiced with the team and got himself established as a student.  He joined us at the 2000 Southern California combine, having not played a down for the Hornets.  He still stood out, with his 6-4, 328-pound measurements, as well as his 4.81 shuttle run, 26 reps of 225-pounds on the bench press (top among the the offensive linemen in attendance) and 25-inch vertical jump (tied for the best mark among linemen). 

Once he stepped on the field for the Hornets, it was no wonder he played so well.  He started at tackle all season and earned first team All-Mission Conference Central Division recognitiion.  With his ability to long snap (he was the team's snapper in 2001) and the fact that he will be a mid-year transfer with three years to play two, Joe Eddleman is setting himself up to be one of the top offensive line recruits in Southern California in 2002.  Remember the name.

 

Richard Estrella
Cerritos College
6-5, 295
St. Paul High School
Santa Fe Springs, California

Cerrtios College will have a great offensive line in 2002; much better than their o-line in 2001 according to head coach Frank Mazzotta.  Ask Mazzota who is the best of the bunch and without hesitation, he names Richard Estrella (pronounced Es-tray-a).  Estrella was a highly decorated offensive lineman at St. Paul High School before joining the Falcons.  After redshirting in 2000, Estrella was a starter for the Falcons at guard in 2001.  He stood out for the Falcons with his combination of a great frame, good offensive line technique, and great movement and feet.  Mazzotta has no doubt that Estrella will be the standout on an O-line that returns four players that played a significant amount


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