by: Todd Holcomb Updated:
That’s perhaps the toughest position to rate because there are few meaningful statistics for linemen. Recruiting rankings don’t properly measure an offensive lineman’s value to his own high school team because college coaches want prospects (6-4, 290) while high school coaches just want somebody who can put a shoulder on somebody long enough to spring a runner or protect a passer.
Here are 10 that would please any high school coach:
- Dennis Edwards, South Gwinnett: First-team all-Gwinnett County in 2012. Edwards was credited with 17 pancakes and 35 knockdowns for a 9-3 team. Georgia State and Western Kentucky have offered, according to 247Sports. Projected as a center in college.
- Jake Edwards, Heard County: A first-team AA all-state pick last season, Edwards has several mid-major offers. Southern Miss and Central Florida lead, according to 247Sports. Edwards was credited with 51 pancake blocks on an 11-1 team.
- Max Kemper, Pope: A rising junior, Kemper graded out at 90 percent for the season with 38 pancake blocks as a pulling guard. Started since he was a freshman. Kemper was first-team AAAAA all-state (AP) last season and first-team all-Cobb County (AJC and Marietta Daily Journal). Being recruited by Georgia, Georgia Tech, Alabama and North Carolina. Pope was 7-4.
- Kaleb Kim, Mill Creek: A rising junior, Kim didn’t allow a sack last season and blocked for the leading rusher in Gwinnett County. Played three games with a broken hand. He was first-team all-Gwinnett County. Team went 9-4 and advanced to state quarterfinals.
- Andrew Marshall, West Forsyth: Marshall’s coaches graded him 100 percent seven times last season on an offense that averaged 40.3 points. Marshall made second-team all-state (AP) last season. Projected as a center, Marshall (6-4, 265) has offers from Duke, East Carolina and South Alabama, according to Rivals.
- Randy Robinson, Lovejoy: Robinson (6-2, 320) made the AP’s first-team AAAAAA all-state team as a sophomore last season. He has started in 30 of 30 games and two state championship games as a freshman and sophomore. He and teammate Justin Brown, a tackle who is a little taller and rated a 4-star by 247Sports, give Lovejoy two all-state candidates on the front line.
- Jake Sanders, Carrollton: Sanders (6-6, 320) was the best offensive lineman for a run-oriented team last season. Sanders was first team AAAA all-state. He has committed to Duke.
- Dyshon Sims, Lowndes: The only underclassman to make all-Region 1-AAAAAA last season was Dye, a 6-4, 270-pound tackle. He transferred from Valdosta in the off-season. He is one of the few in-state offensive lineman who have offers from Georgia.
- Sam Wood, Lassiter: Best offensive lineman last season on a team that had more than 4,500 yards in total offense and finished 10-1. Wood was first-team all-county and second-team AAAAAA all-state (AP). He’s 6-3, 245, and not getting big offers yet.
- Tyler Jones, Stephenson: Jones is one of two top prospects on Stephenson’s offensive line. The other is Jordan Harris. Jones (6-4, 285) had perhaps slightly the better year as a junior, grading out at 93 percent. (Harris was 92 percent, so that’s nit-picking.) Jones has offers from Ohio State, North Carolina, Mississippi State and others. Harris (6-6, 265) has offers from Florida State and several others.