When it comes to offensive line prospects the crop among the Class of 2007 is first class, led by seven five-star OL recruits. Lets take a closer look at this impressive group - Anthony Davis, Tray Allen, Josh Oglesby, Ryan Miller, Martin Coleman, Lee Ziemba and Kristofer O'Dowd.
Piscataway (N.J.) Township
Miami, USC, FSU, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Rutgers
Davis is a massive lineman with a huge lower frame and very long arms. He is a punishing run blocker and good pass protector. Two things jump out at you when evaluating him - he has great footwork and once he gets his massive hands on you it's over. Davis is also an athletic specimen, especially for someone his size. For 320 pounds, he shows excellent quickness and by no means is he slow off the ball. He explodes through the hips and is absolutely dominating at the point of attack. Davis rarely takes a play off and once he manhandles his opponent he goes after another defender, always playing until the whistle blows. At this stage he looks like a complete OL that's ahead of the game. He just needs to continue to work on his strength and getting better technique, which will both come with time and hard work.
Grand Prairie (Texas) South
Committed to Texas
Allen shows extraordinary skills and in my opinion, he would rate higher than Reginald Youngblood (Miami) of a few seasons ago. Hands down his best attribute is his pure God given athletic ability. At his size, he has exceptionally footwork, quickness and speed. Allen sustains his blocks so well. Although he plays a bit high he comes off the ball well. Allen can pull and trap and block on the move in space. He sets himself well and can move side to side, always keeping the defender squarely in front of him, showing good balance.
Saint Francis (Wi.)
Committed to Wisconsin
Saying that Josh Oglesby could end up being the best offensive lineman to ever come out of the Badger State isn’t a stretch. The Wisconsin commitment has long arms, shows tremendous strength at the point of contact and is very light on his feet. Oglesby is strong, carries his weight well and has the footwork to slide and cut off speed rushers. He takes very good angles and is also excellent at hitting moving targets on the second level. Oglesby is still just a pup, he’s going to continue to grow and get better. He still needs to work on his first step and initial quickness. He doesn’t take plays off and he shows the nastiness to drop defenders in the dirt and keep them there. You won’t find many 6-8, 310-pound offensive tackles with the athleticism of Oglesby, he can pass block, drive block, pull, trap and block in space. He’s the complete package.
Littleton (Co.) Columbine
Colorado, Notre Dame, FSU, Miami, USC, Florida, Oklahoma
Miller is the top prospect from the state of Colorado. He has a great frame that will undoubtedly get much bigger at the next level. Miller has long arms and great feet and is your prototype o-tackle. He is quick off the line and is a dominating run blocker at the high school level that moves very well. Miller is aggressive and can be nasty at times. For a tall frame he plays low and has a great base, whether in pass pro or is run blocking.
Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison
Committed to USC
Coleman is a very good in pass protection, showing a great base, good feet, and he uses his hands well, always keeping the defender in front of him. Coleman is quick off the ball and a powerful run blocker as well. He also shows a mean streak. Coleman has long arms and a good frame and is athletic enough to play guard or tackle at the next level.
Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Tennessee
Ziemba just eats up what’s ever in front of him. First of all, he has great size and can really move. Ziemba is quick off the ball and can block on the move. He has a good lower body and finishes his blocks. He plays nasty and with a mean streak. Ziemba is equally effective in the passing game. He has as much upside at this position as any offensive linemen in the nation. With his frame and athletic ability, there’s no telling how big and how good this kid can become in college.
Tuscon (Az.) Salpointe Catholic
Arizona, BC, Nebraska, Ohio State, Tennessee, UCLA, USC
Odowd has great athleticism and strength. He can be a dominating blocker at times and just needs to work on being more consistent and bringing "it" on every play. O'Dowd finishes well on his blocks and can display a real mean streak at times. His technique is very refined for the high school level. O'Dowd should make a smooth transition to college ball. Salpointe is well known for producing offensive lineman and O'Dowd may be the best one to ever play for the Lancers.