Published February 15, 2014 - 9:15amNEW: Follow on facebook -
The offensive tackle position in this SEC class is loaded with talent. Here are five high school players who are SEC signees who look like they’ll fit comfortably into the conference. All of them seem to have the build and talent to succeed at this level—and probably beyond.
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Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings.
1. Cameron Robinson–Alabama
- West Monroe (West Monroe, La.), 6-5/330
- The skinny: It figured Alabama would get the best two offensive tackles in the SEC, right? LSU really, really wanted to keep Robinson home, but he went with Alabama early in the fall. Robinson hopes to one day slide into that offensive tackle position that Cyrus Kouandjio occupied. We all know the blindside tackles make good money in the NFL.
2. Ross Pierschbacher–Alabama
- Cedar Falls (Cedar Falls, Iowa), 6-4/290
- The skinny: This is the guy who can and will play any position on the line that is asked of him. Pierschbacher, a former Iowa commitment who switched when the Crimson Tide came after him relentlessly, is one of those “road grader” types. He is a big, strong lineman who would have fit well into the run-dominated Big Ten. Pierschbacher has told Saturday Down South that he respects the play of Barrett Jones, who could get it done at any position on the line.
3. Brian Wallace–Arkansas
- Christian Brothers (St. Louis, Mo.), 6-6/305
- The skinny: Arkansas really needed this pickup. It came during live national television, and the Razorbacks held off Alabama to land him (not that the Tide didn’t already have some good talent at tackle). This was huge for Arkansas.
4. David Sharpe—Florida
- Providence (Jacksonville, Fla.), 6-6/290
- The skinny: Sharpe is a basketball player in an offensive tackle’s body, and he can move his feet when he needs to. He’s one of the more recent Florida commitments and shrugged off interest from Georgia, Tennessee and Florida State to go with the Gators. He’s a critical pickup for coach Will Muschamp, who needs to rebuild.
5. Andy Bauer—Missouri
- DeSmet (St. Louis, Mo.), 6-6/305
- The skinny: Bauer was with Ole Miss earlier this fall, but decided to stay closer to home and play for his much improved in-state school—Mizzou. He’s a grinder up front, and will fit well into a the run game the Tigers are excelling at. He is clearly one of the top high school players the Tigers signed.
Top 5 signees broken down by position:
- Dual-Threat Quarterbacks
- Pro-Style Quarterbacks
- Running Backs
- All-Purpose Running Backs
- Wide Receivers
- Tight Ends
- Offensive Tackles
- Offensive Guards
- Offensive Centers
- Weak-Side Defensive Ends
- Strong-Side Defensive Ends
- Defensive Tackles
- Inside Linebackers
- Outside Linebackers