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There are only two five-star offensive tackles in Cameron Robinson and Damian Prince in the 2013 recruiting class. Robinson is committed to Alabama, while Prince will decide between Maryland and Florida on National Signing Day.
There have been 38 five-star offensive linemen over the last decade. The list includes centers, guards and tackles, for a total of 40 players.
*All prospect rankings are determined by 247Sports’ Composite Player Rankings
2004 – 3 OL
Thomas Herring, USC:The top offensive line prospect in 2004 in Thomas Herring was a complete bust at USC. He rarely saw the field and was barely even on the two-deep roster. He didn’t 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. He currently plays for the Panthers.
Roland Martin, Michigan State: Martin started 35 games during his four-year career with the Spartans at right guard. Martin was a solid asset for the Spartan’s offensive line during his time.
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 – 7 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 currently plays for the Ravens.
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 penalties throughout his career and struggled to live up to his high projections.
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.
Marques Slocum, Michigan: Slocum entered Michigan as an offensive lineman, but he was switched over to defensive line. He couldn’t stay eligible and got into some trouble before his junior season began. His Wolverines’ career quickly came to a grinding halt.
Dan Doering, Iowa: Doering became a bust compared to his high projections, and he only played a handful of meaningful snaps at Iowa. He was part of the 2007 offensive line that led the nation in sacks allowed. He did battle injuries off and on, but for the most part, Doering didn’t live up the hype. He played a couple years in the NFL.
Dace Richardson, Iowa: Richardson suffered through an injury-laden career at Iowa. He signed with the Iowa Barnstormers in 2012. The talent was always there, but he never could stay healthy.
Michael Oher, Ole Miss: Oher was a starter as soon as he set foot on campus, and he became a freshman All-American. He became a second-team All-SEC player his sophomore season and a first-team All-SEC stud his senior season. He left early for the NFL Draft and was drafted in the first round with Baltimore, where he still plays.
Other OL ranked lower: Carl Nicks, Mike Iupati, TJ Lang and Marshall Yanda
2006 – 3 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 Jaguars.
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 for the Tide. He was one of the best offensive linemen of the BCS era.
Carl Johnson, Florida: Johnson had a solid career with Florida after signing in the same class with Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin. He won two championships as a Gator, but he struggled to 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: J’Marcus Webb, Marcus Gilbert, Nate Solder, Marshall Newhouse, Russell Okung and Trent Williams
2007 – 4 OL
Josh Oglesby, Wisconsin: Oglesby redshirted his freshman year and started 10 games as a redshirt freshman. He went on to become a consensus All-Big Ten performer. He went undrafted and signed a free agent deal with Washington.
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.
James Wilson, Florida: Wilson’s career was marred by injuries, but he settled into a starting role as a fifth-year senior. However, he became one of the biggest five-star busts 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 throughout his career that held him back from being elite.
Other OL ranked lower: Derek Sherrod, Bryan Bulaga, Maurkice Pouncey, Mike Pouncey, Phil Loadholt and Anthony Castonzo
2008 – 4 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.
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. He was placed on injured reserve in 2013.
Tyler Love, Alabama: Love may be 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 he never lived up to expectation. He never became a starter.
Other OL ranked lower: Barrett Jones, Ben Jones, Lane Johnson, Ricky Wagner and Cordy Glenn
2009 – 3 OL
DJ Fluker, Alabama: Fluker had a strong three-year career at Alabama as starting right tackle after redshirting his freshman season, and he entered the draft last season and was selected as a first-round pick with the Chargers. He played on three national championship teams and was a staple at tackle.
Mason Walters, Texas: Walters became a staple on Texas’ offensive line, starting 51 games during his career. He became a two-time honorable mention Big 12 performer, and he graduated this season.
Xavier Nixon, Florida: Nixon failed to live up to his five-star status with Florida. He started several games as a freshman, but he never fully grew into the player everyone expected. Nixon went undrafted, and he became a practice teamer with the Washington Redskins and later played for the Colts.
Other OL ranked lower: Chris Faulk, Taylor Lewan, Eric Fisher, Brennan Williams and Oday Aboushi
2010 – 3 OL
Seantrel Henderson, Miami: Henderson is finally graduating college at Miami. The former top prospect struggled to live up to the hype during his four-year career, and he was even demoted to backup in 2013. It’s safe to say Henderson didn’t live up to the hype.
Ja’Wuan James, Tennessee: James became a starter as soon as he set foot on Tennessee’s campus, and he started every single game of his collegiate career. How many players can say that? James is one of the fastest risers on NFL Draft boards for the 2014 draft.
Robert Crisp, NC State: Crisp suffered a back injury during his junior season that kept him out of several games, and he’s played left and right tackle throughout his career. He has a great frame and quickness, and one NFL will surely take a chance on him.
Other OL ranked lower: Luke Joeckel, Jake Matthews, James Hurst, Jawuan James, David Yankey and Cedric Ogbuehi
2011 – 3 OL
Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama: Kouandjio was a key cog at left tackle for the Crimson Tide during his three seasons, and he’s projected as a first-round pick in the 2014 draft. Kouanjio started all 14 games as a sophomore and all 13 games as a junior. He’s a big-time looking NFL prospect.
La’El Collins, LSU: Collins recently made the decision to return for his senior season, and he’s one of the few that have made that decision at LSU. Collins has big-time talent, and he was selected as All-SEC tackle in 2013.
Christian Westerman, Auburn: Westerman redshirted his first season in 2011, and he was limited during his freshman season due to injuries. He then transferred to Arizona State where he played this past season.
Other OL ranked lower: Tyler Moore, Antonio Richardson, Brandon Shell and Brey Cook
2012 – 5 OL
DJ Humphries, Florida: Humphries played in several games as a freshman and sophomore at tackle and tight end as an extra blocker. He suffered a knee injury during 2013 that caused him to miss several games. Humphries will be a staple on Florida’s line next season.
Kyle Murphy, Stanford: Murphy saw some action as a freshman for Stanford, as well as his sophomore season in 2013. Murphy even played some tight end as an extra blocker on Stanford’s heavy package. Murphy will become a big-time player in 2014 due to several O-line starters having to be replaced.
John Theus, Georgia: Theus started all 14 games for Georgia as a freshman, and he played an integral part in 2013. Theus now becomes a leader on the Bulldogs’ O-line for the 2014 season as an offensive tackle.
Andrus Peat, Stanford: Peat became an All-Pac-12 performer during his sophomore campaign, and he’ll be a staple for the Cardinal in 2014.
Isaac Seumalo, Oregon State: Seumalo was a freshman All-American in 2012 as a center for the Beavers. He was a second-team All-Pac 12 member in 2013. He’s a big-time player.
Other OL ranked lower: Mike Matthews, Max Tuerk and Avery Young
2013 – 3 OL
Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss: Laremy Tunsil became one of the best freshmen O-linemen ever at Ole Miss, and he was better than Michael Oher as a first-year player. Tunsil has a huge career ahead of him, assuming his knee injury will be fine.
A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama: Once getting to Alabama, Robinson played nose tackle for the Tide’s defense, and he was a baller. Robinson racked up eight tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks.
Darius James, Texas: James redshirted his first year at Texas.
Lived up to the hype
- Jeff Byers, USC
- Eugene Monroe, Virginia
- Alex Boone, Ohio State
- Michael Oher, Ole Miss
- Sam Young, Notre Dame
- Andre Smith, Alabama
- Ryan Miller, Colorado
- Mike Adams, Ohio State
- Matt Kalil, USC
- Michael Brewster, Ohio State
- DJ Fluker, Alabama
- Mason Walters, Texas
- Ja’Wuan James, Tennessee
- Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama
Good careers but mixed reviews
- Roland Martin, Michigan State
- Carl Johnson, Florida
- Josh Oglesby, Wisconsin
- Tray Allen, Texas
- Xavier Nixon, Florida
- Robert Crisp, NC State
- Thomas Herring, USC
- Dan Doering, Iowa
- Reggie Youngblood, Miami
- Marques Slocum, Michigan
- Dace Richardson, Iowa
- James Wilson, Florida
- Tyler Love, Alabama
- Seantrell Henderson, Miami
- La’El Collins, LSU
- Christian Westerman, Auburn (Arizona State)
- DJ Humphries, Florida
- Kyle Murphy, Stanford
- John Theus, Georgia
- Isaac Seumalo, Oregon State
- Andrus Peat, Stanford
- Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss
- A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama (DT)
- Darius James, Texas
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