EDITOR’S NOTE: Introducing O-line week at Saturday Down South. This week we’ll talk to some of the biggest offensive line recruits and commitments in the SEC, get their take on things … and we’ll rank ‘em.
They’re big, they’re mobile … they protect the million-dollar arm. Offensive tackles 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 tackle targets coming out of high school who we think will be (or already are) on board with SEC teams.
Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings. Also, for more in-depth SDS written stories about these top prospects, click on the blue links.
1. Martez Ivey, Apopka (Fla.), 6-6/270
- SEC schools: Florida, Alabama, Auburn, South Carolina
- The skinny: Ivey seems like a heavy lean to the Gators, but weirder things have happened. The five-star tackle is the No. 3 overall prospect in America and the No. 1 tackle prospect also. He’s huge, quick and is well coached at Apopka. He also has been on Florida’s campus quite a bit. At one point, Ivey called Florida “his dream school”.
- SEC schools: Committed to LSU
- The skinny: Teuhema was committed to Texas at one point, as was his brother–2014 defensive end signee Sione Teuhema. The five-star younger brother is huge, there’s no way around it. He also can bulldoze you in the run game. Look for him to be a pillar for the Tigers on the line for many years to come.
- SEC schools: Tennessee, Ole Miss, Alabama, Auburn, LSU
- The skinny: Richmond, a Memphis product, announced his top 11 back in March and said that he’ll make his college announcement on Sept. 9. Ohio State is one non-SEC contender, but beyond that it appears Tennessee and Ole Miss have the best chance to land him. Keep in mind, Memphis is in Tennessee, but Ole Miss does well there because of proximity. Whoever lands him will get a well-rounded lineman.
4. Isaiah Prince, Greenbelt (Md.), 6-6/275
- SEC schools: Florida, Maryland, Ohio State, Penn State
- The skinny: This may be the most far-fetched target on this list. He’s not from a traditional SEC state (Maryland) and Maryland and Ohio State seem to be trending for him after Florida looked like it was in pretty good shape earlier this year. He’s the No. 1 player in the state of Maryland and one can be sure the Terps are going fight for him.
5. Jack Jones, Murfreesboro (Tenn.), 6-5/280
- SEC schools: Committed to Tennessee
- The skinny: This four-star prospect has been on board with the Volunteers for more than a year now. He is one of the cornerstones of what is already an incredible Tennessee class for 2015. He’s big, he’s quick, and SEC schools are still chasing him.