Midlands 2015: Top Offensive Guards

Maea Teuhema

The offensive line is just stacked with talent and the national offensive guard ratings on Scout.com are jam packed with talent from the Midlands....

1. Maea Teuhema

Keller (Texas) Keller
6'5 | 335

Recruiting Interests: Committed to LSU

Evaluation: A massive offensive line prospect who just completely eats his opponents up. He is so much bigger and stronger and has a real nasty streak about him. He takes pride in finishing blocks with a pancake. He can push the man in front of him around to open up running lanes and also has a surprising nimbleness that allows him to be adequate in pass protection. Once he latches on you can forget about it, he will finish the block. Will likely move to OG.

2. Connor Lanfear

Buda (Texas) Jack C Hays
6'5 | 275

Recruiting Interests: Committed to Texas A&M

Evaluation: Right now it is clearly obvious that he is a great run blocker. He coils quickly and fires out on defensive linemen to drive them back. Pad level is key to him gaining and securing leverage to finish off his blocks. He plays hard all of the way to the whistle and with a high intensity level snap to snap. A versatile lineman who looks like he could play a number of positions on the offensive front. Makes solid blocks on second and third levels.

3. Jalin Barnett

Lawton (Oklahoma) Lawton
6'4 | 290

Recruiting Interests: UCLA, Texas Tech, Texas State, Stanford, Oregon State, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Auburn, Alabama

Evaluation: Plays tackle in high school, but looks like the protoypical guard prospect for college. He is strong at the point of attack and once he locks on to a defender he does a good job of keeping his feet moving and finishing the play with aggression. He can struggle sometimes on the island with quick DE in pass pro, but moving inside he will have protection on both sides and his quick feet and long arms should make that one of his big strengths.

4. Patrick Vahe

Euless (Texas) Trinity
6'4 | 290

Recruiting Interests: Committed to Texas

Evaluation: Vahe plays with a very high level of consistency. He is playing center thsi season and is very good at it. He recognizes defense, helps with calls and comes off the ball in a flash after snapping. He uses his quickness to his advantage getting good placement on hsi blocks and he is big enough and strong enough to finish off, but he will need to add to that in college to take on the even bigger and stronger guys. Natural development should take care of that for him.

5. Conner Dyer

Mesquite (Texas) Horn
6'4 | 275

Recruiting Interests: Texas Tech, Texas A&M, TCU, Stanford, Oregon, Oklahoma, California, Baylor, LSU

Evaluation: It's a solid year for offensive tackles and Dyer may be the most complete. He has great frame and quick feet. He is pretty solid in pass protection, because he is strong and physical at the point of contact and has great reach. Has been playing against a very high level of competition. He is also a good run blocker. This is where his strength shows through. More consistency with his footwork could make him the top OT in the region.

6. Josh Wariboko

Oklahoma City (Oklahoma) Casady School
6'3 | 305

Recruiting Interests: Committed to Oklahoma

Evaluation: A powerful offensive guard prospect, who quite simply dominates the competition on the private school level. He has his way with defensive linemen, locking on and driving them all over the field. He has stepped up and performed well at camps and combines against top competition. He has quick feet and is massive. The combo allows him to be equally adept at pass and run blocking, making him a top shelf OG prospect.

Others to Keep an eye On: Tyler Higby, Connor Williams, Aaron Garza, Isaiah Edwards, Sam Tecklenburg

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