SDS will be taking a look around the country, as well as the SEC, at five-star prospects according to Rivals.com. Here are the offensive linemen.
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There are currently two five-star offensive linemen ranked in ‘13 in Laremy Tunsil and Dorian Johnson. Tunsil has not decided where he’ll play next season yet, and Johnson is going to Pitt. We’ll track them throughout their careers in college.
Here are the five-star offensive linemen in the last 10 years. The list includes centers, guards and tackles, for a total of 40 players.
2003 – 3 OL
Jorrie Adams, Texas A&M: Once considered the perfect offensive tackle, Adams turned into a complete bust. He changed positions to defense, got arrested and no one has heard from him again.
Martin O’Donnell, Illinois: O’Donnell was a four-year starter in Champaign and became a freshman All-American. But he called it quits before he even got a chance to play in the NFL.
Ofa Mohetau, BYU: Mohetau spent one season at BYU before transferring to the College of the Sequoias and then on to Texas Tech. He started one year on their offensive line. He eventually became a boxer.
Other OL ranked lower: Jake Long, Joe Thomas, Sam Baker, Aaron Sears and Gosner Cherilus
2004 – 2 OL
Thomas Herring, USC: The top offensive line prospect in 2004 was a complete bust at USC. He rarely saw the field and was barely even on the two-deep roster. He never lived up to the hype.
Jeff Byers, USC: Unlike Herring, Byers lived up to the hype as a center. He played three years and redshirted one season at USC and went undrafted in 2010. However, he currently plays for the Panthers.
Other OL ranked lower: Duane Brown, Ryan Clady, Sebastian Vollmer, Alex Mack, Josh Sitton, Kyle Cook, Ryan Kalil, Ramon Foster, William Beatty, D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Levi Brown
2005 – 4 OL
Eugene Monroe, Virginia: Monroe was a tackle who absolutely lived up to the hype. He played three years at UVA and bolted for the NFL as a first-round pick to the Jaguars. He still plays for the Jags.
Reggie Youngblood, Miami: Youngblood was supposed to be a star, but he never could put it all together for the Canes. He was known for his false starts throughout his career and was a bust compared to his high aspirations.
Alex Boone, Ohio State: A four-year starter for the Buckeyes, Boone was a two-time All-Big Ten selection. He went undrafted in 2009 but was picked up by the 49ers where he still plays today.
Dan Doering, Iowa: Doering played four years at Iowa, but he didn’t live up the five-star hype.
Other OL ranked lower: Michael Oher, Carl Nicks, Mike Iupati, TJ Lang, Marshall Yanda and J’Marcus Webb
2006 – 4 OL
Sam Young, Notre Dame: Young became the first true freshman to start on the offensive line in their storied history. Young made 50 consecutive starts on the Irish’s line, mostly at right tackle. He was a sixth-round pick and currently plays for the Bills.
Andre Smith, Alabama: Smith was a star at left tackle for the Tide, and he became a first-round pick for the Bengals where he still plays. Smith started at left tackle as soon as he set foot on campus.
Stephen Schilling, Michigan: Schilling played four years at Michigan after he redshirted. He was on numerous watch lists and was drafted in the sixth round in 2011 by the Chargers and still plays there today.
Carl Johnson, Florida: Johnson had a solid career with Florida after coming in with Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin. He won two championships as a Gator, but he never lived up to the five-star hype in Gainesville. He signed with the Saints out of college as an undrafted free agent.
Other OL ranked lower: Marcus Gilbert, Nate Solder, Marshall Newhouse, Russell Okung and Trent Williams
2007 – 5 OL
Josh Oglesby, Wisconsin: Oglesby redshirted his freshman year and started 10 games as a freshman. He went on to become a consensus All-Big Ten performer. He went undrafted and signed a free agent deal with Washington last spring.
Ryan Miller, Colorado: Miller set the school record for the most career games started with 47, and he was a second-team All-American. He was selected in the fifth round of the ‘12 draft by the Browns, where he currently plays guard.
James Wilson, Florida: Wilson’s career was marred by injuries, but he settled into a starting role as a fifth-year senior. However, he was a complete five-star bust for the Gators.
Tray Allen, Texas: Allen finished his career at Texas with playing both guard and tackle for 44 games, but he had quite a few injuries.
Kris O’Dowd, USC: O’Dowd became the first true freshman in the history to start a game for USC, and he became an All-Pac-10 performer during his career. He went undrafted and currently is on the Seahawks’ roster.
Other OL ranked lower: Derek Sherrod, Bryan Bulaga, Maurkice Pouncey, Mike Pouncey, Phil Loadholt and Anthony Castonzo
2008 – 8 OL
Mike Adams, Ohio State: Adams was one of the best tackles in college football during his four years at OSU and was an All-Big Ten performer, and he became a second-round pick of the Steelers, where he currently plays.
Baker Steinkuhler, Nebraska: Steinkuhler switched to defensive tackle shortly after his arrival at Nebraska. He was an All-Big Ten performer during his four years with the Huskers.
Matt Kalil, USC: Kalil redshirted his first year on campus at USC, and he settled into left tackle his junior season. He won the Morris Trophy and was a semifinalist for the Lombardi Award in ‘11. He was the 4th pick in the ‘12 draft with the Vikings.
Michael Brewster, Ohio State: Brewster started all four years of his career at center for the Buckeyes and never redshirted. He went undrafted in ‘12 but signed a free agent deal with the Jaguars and started week three.
Matt Patchan, Florida: Much like James Wilson, Patchan’s career was a total dud and marred by injuries. He transferred away from Florida. Patchan was truly made of glass. He even got shot during his Florida career, but thankfully, he was not seriously injured.
Tyron Smith, USC: Smith started as a backup at left tackle but started at right tackle his sophomore year. He started opposite Matt Kalil during his career and was an All-Pac-10 performer. He was a first round pick in the ‘11 draft by the Cowboys.
Stephen Good, Oklahoma: Good played as a freshman and all played four years for the Sooners, but he never lived up to the five-star expectation. He rotated in at guard and was a primary backup in his senior season.
Tyler Love, Alabama: Love is the epitome of a five-star bust for Alabama. Nick Saban hasn’t had many, but Love was certainly one of them. He played four years but spent his time riding the bench and never lived up to expectation.
Other OL ranked lower: Barrett Jones, Ben Jones, Lane Johnson, Ricky Wagner and Cordy Glenn
2009 – 2 OL
DJ Fluker, Alabama: Fluker had a strong three-year career at Alabama as starting right tackle after redshirting his freshman season, and he’s entering the NFL Draft as a redshirt junior. He played on three national championship teams and was a staple at tackle.
Mason Walters, Texas: Walters tarts at right guard for the Longhorns, after his redshirt in his first year. He has started the last 37 games, which is the longest streak in the nation.
Other OL ranked lower: Chris Faulk, Taylor Lewan, Eric Fisher, Brennan Williams, Xavier Nixon and Oday Aboushi
2010 – 3 OL
Seantrel Henderson, Miami: Henderson is returning to Miami for his senior season, but he hasn’t lived up to his five-star status yet in his young, troubled career. He’s a borderline bust with one season left.
Robert Crisp, NC State: Crisp saw action in all games at right tackle, but he hasn’t exactly lived up the five-star hype surrounding him when he entered NC State.
Shon Coleman, Auburn: Coleman found out he had cancer in the spring of 2010, and he didn’t sign with Auburn until 2011. However, the NCAA granted him another year of eligibility this January. He hasn’t played the last two seasons because of his battle with Leukemia.
Other OL ranked lower: Luke Joeckel, Jake Matthews, James Hurst, Jawuan James, David Yankey and Cedric Ogbuehi
2011 – 2 OL
Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama: Kouandjio was a key cog at left tackle for the Crimson Tide and started every game in 2012. He should be a first-round pick in 2014.
La’El Collins, LSU: Collins played in seven games as a redshirt freshman in 2012.
Other OL ranked lower: Tyler Moore, Antonio Richardson, Brandon Shell and Brey Cook
2012 – 7 OL
DJ Humphries, Florida: Humphries played in several games as a freshman at tackle and tight end – Florida used him as an extra blocker at the position. Humphries will be a staple on Florida’s line for at least two more years.
Zach Banner, USC: Banner redshirted as a freshman for Lane Kiffin.
Kyle Murphy, Stanford: Murphy saw some action as a freshman for Stanford.
Kyle Kalis, Michigan: Kalis redshirted at Michigan.
John Theus, Georgia: Theus started all 14 games for Georgia in 2012. He has such a bright future.
Andrus Peat, Stanford: Peat played as a freshman for Stanford.
Jordan Simmons, USC: Simmons redshirted at USC as a freshman.
Other OL ranked lower: Mike Matthews, Max Tuerk and Avery Young
Lived up to the hype
- Jeff Byers, USC
- Eugene Monroe, Virginia
- Alex Boone, Ohio State
- Sam Young, Notre Dame
- Andre Smith, Alabama
- Stephen Schilling, Michigan
- Josh Oglesby, Wisconsin
- Ryan Miller, Colorado
- Kris O’Dowd, USC
- Mike Adams, Ohio State
- Matt Kalil, USC
- Michael Brewster, Ohio State
- Tyron Smith, USC
- DJ Fluker, Alabama
- Mason Walters, Texas
- Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama
- John Theus, Georgia
Good careers but mixed reviews
- Martin O’Donnel, Illinois
- Carl Johnson, Florida
- Tray Allen, Texas
- Baker Steinkuhler, Nebraska
- Robert Crisp, NC State
- Jorrie Adams, Texas A&M
- Ofa Mohetau, BYU
- Dan Doering, Iowa
- Thomas Herring, USC
- Reggie Youngblood, Miami
- James Wilson, Florida
- Matt Patchan, Florida
- Stephen Good, Oklahoma
- Tyler Love, Alabama
- Seantrel Henderson, Miami (borderline bust)
- Shon Coleman, Auburn
- La’El Collins, LSU
- DJ Humphries, Florida
- Zach Banner, USC
- Kyle Murphy, Stanford
- Kyle Kalis, Michigan
- Andrus Peat, Stanford
- Jordan Simmons, USC
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