OL Jordan Simmons (6'5/325)
The highest rated of the linemen in attendance, Simmons did not disappoint. A
tackle for his Crespi team, Simmons projects best as an offensive guard, and
that was where he had the most success lining up during the 1v1s on Saturday and
Sunday. He's mammoth player that can handle the strongest of bull rushes. When
he got in trouble was when he'd over extend and reach for a player, getting off
balance and letting a quicker, smaller end get around him. When he'd use his
athleticism and trust his base and let a player come to him, he was virtually
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OL Johmel Charles (5'10/240)
If we were ranking players rather than prospects, Charles would have been the
runaway MVP of the linemen. He has terrific feet, a solid center of gravity,
quick hands, and a strong base. He's just on the smaller side. He was so
technically sound that he had little trouble lining up inside and negating the
strength of 300 pounders who made the mistake of believing they could overpower
the smaller Charles. Charles is going to have a tough time getting looks at the
BCS level, but he's a player that could go 1AA and become an All-American.
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OL Jeremiah Poutasi (6'5.5/320)
Las Vegas, Nev.
Massive Jeremiah Poutasi is just beginning to learn how good he can be.
Incredibly light on his feet for his size, Poutasi is still undisciplined in his
technique and was beaten handily by some of the quicker defensive linemen that
knew how to use their hands to get Poutasi off balance or set him up for a speed
rush. But when it came to the combination of size and quickness, Poutasi was
head and shoulders above his linemates. He's not the best player right now, but
it wouldn't be a surprise if five years from now, he's the most coveted lineman
by NFL Scouts of the players that attended the Vegas camp.
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Denzell Dotson was consistently one of the best offensive linemen on both days.
He has good fundamentals and keeps a strong base with good balance. He plays
with a quiet intensity that belies his meanstreak. Dotson let his play do the
talking on the field, and he exceled at standing up strong interior defensive
tackles. He kept his body in front of his man, chopped his feet and used his
leverage to keep his defender on the outside looking in.
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OL Brandon Fanaika (6'3/295)
Pleasant Grove, Utah
Fanaika is a two way lineman in high school, but his best position appears to be
on the offensive line. He has very good size for an interior lineman and his
quick to use his hands to steer a rushing end. He has very good feet and keeps a
solid base while he's moving. He has the quickness of an offensive tackle with
the build and tenacity of a guard.
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OL Gus Lavaka (6'4/305)
Lavaka has a wrestling background and it showed itself quickly in the one on
ones as he was adept at playing with leverage and grappling in tight spaces. It
takes incredible balance and quick feet to be a standout wrestler, and couple
those attributes with a 300 pound frame and a standout interior lineman is born.
Lavaka used his hands as well as any of the offensive linemen in attendance.
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OL Nick Ziegenbein (6'6/295)
Conservatively listed at 6'6, Ziegenbein was the tallest of the players in
attendance. He played with decent leverage despite his height disadvantage in
close quarters. Ziegenbein has quick feet and a huge frame. As his core strength
and flexibility improves, he will become and intriguing prospect to watch.
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DL Vaha Vainuku (6'3/295)
Salt Lake City, Utah
The offensive linemen outnumbered the defensive linemen in attendance leaving
plenty of reps on the defensive side of the ball. Vaha Vainuku was virtually
unblockable, and all of the linemen got a shot at him. His burst off the ball
had him in the chest of offensive linemen before they could get set, and his
hands were so quick that a powerful punch to the chest knocked even the biggest
of the linemen off balance and backwards.
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DL Hunter Dimick(6'4/240)
Hunter Dimick was another player whose burst off the ball caught most of the
offensive linemen off guard. He was able to beat most of the offensive tackles
from his end spot with pure speed. He'd explode with a first step, push the
offensive lineman's hands away and be past him before the blocker had a chance
to recover. He has a good frame to keep adding weight and could move inside one
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DL Jaylen Ruiz '13 (6'4/260)
San Joaquin Memorial
The defensive lineman with the highest upside was Class of '13 member Jaylen
Ruiz. Ruiz is a lean 6'4 and 260 pounds and showed the quickness and versatility
to play defensive end, tackle, or offensive line. His quickness was too much for
the tackles and his reach and power gave the interior linemen trouble. His
highlight reel includes matchups against Simmons, Charles, and Poutasi among
others, and while he didn't win all of his matchups against the older players,
he beat each of them at least once...sometimes more.
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