SEC’s top 5 offensive guard targets for 2015


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They’re big, they’re mobile … they protect the golden boy QB. Offensive guards have to know the call and know what’s around them … and they have to be able to react. Here are the SEC’s top five realistic offensive guard targets coming out of high school who we think will be (or already are) on board with SEC teams.

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Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the composite rankings. Also, for more in-depth SDS written stories about these top prospects, click on the blue links.

1. Javon Patterson, Petal (Miss.), 6-4/290

  • SEC schools: Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Alabama, Auburn, Florida
  • The skinny: Patterson just named the five aforementioned schools his finalists this past Friday. He’s big, he’s quick for his size and everybody in the SEC would love to land him. Keeping him close to home will be a challenge for both Ole Miss and Mississippi State, with Auburn making quite a run.

2. Lester Cotton, Tuscaloosa (Ala.), 6-4/325

  • SEC schools: Committed to Alabama
  • The skinny: He’s huge, he’s a bulldozer in the running game–and he’s committed to the Crimson Tide. His strengths lie in the run game, a true road grader type. Cotton is rated the No. 4 overall prospect in the state of Alabama, and it was tough to see him leaving the state anyway.

3. Richie Petitbon, Washington (D.C.), 6-4/300

  • SEC schools: Committed to Alabama
  • The skinny: Petitbon has NFL and college football bloodlines, as his grandfather of the same name was an assistant coach with Joe Gibbs during the Washington Redskins strong run in the 1980s. The versatile lineman could end up being a Barrett Jones type talent, and combines with Bama commitments Lester Cotton and Dallas Warmack to give the ‘Tide nice options at guard.

4. Josh Wariboko, Oklahoma City (Okla.), 6-4/320

  • SEC schools: Tennessee, Florida, Arkansas, Texas A&M, LSU
  • The skinny: This former Oklahoma commitment has been busy picking up scholarship offers the last couple of weeks. Tennessee is one school he has some connections to, and the Vols offered in late April. Ohio State and UCLA are two others that offered recently, while Florida did in mid March. Wariboko is hardly a lock to land at an SEC school, but there’s a chance.

5. Tyler Carr, Gadsden (Ala.), 6-5/310

  • SEC schools: Auburn, Georgia, Alabama
  • The skinny: Carr is an Alabama native, and one would think this would probably come down to an Auburn-Alabama battle, but the Crimson Tide are loaded at the guard position (not that some of these prospects can’t shift around to other positions on the line). Auburn seems like a strong contender, but Georgia has made quite a push too. This could be an interesting battle.


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  • Ole Miss is going to have the best pair of guards in the country once Patterson gets to Ole Miss. He will join 5 star OG Rod Taylor and hopefully they will get to play with Laremy Tunsil. Ole Miss is also in great shape with Drew Richmond.

    • Don’t forget Eli Johnson in 2016, Army. No. 1 center prospect in the nation in his class…….I literally just got off the phone with Eli. GREAT kid.

      • Yep, your right about Eli, he is David Johnson’s kid from Rebels247 writer. But Eli is a 2016 recruit. Right now he is considered the top center recruit, but he is still growing and could end being a guard, or maybe tackle if he grows another couple of inches. But either way, he is going to be another talented kid on Ole Miss OL. I really love how Ole Miss is recruiting top talent on the OL and DL.