It’s fun to look back and see which prognostications were correct and which were way off. When it comes to the state of Alabama, the recruiting rankings haven’t been far off when rating offensive linemen the last few years.
Since 2008, the No. 1 ranked offensive lineman coming out of the state of Alabama is D.J. Fluker, who went on to be a first-round draft pick in the NFL and played in 15 games for the San Diego Chargers last year as a rookie. At the University of Alabama he was a first-team All-American and got three national championship rings in his college career.
Here’s a look at the top O-line recruits that came from the state of Alabama since ’08.
Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the 247Sports.com composite rankings for high school prospects.
|NO.||O-LINEMAN||YR||COLLEGE||HOMETOWN||247 #||THE SKINNY?|
|1.||D.J. Fluker||2009||Alabama||Andalusia||.9846||Now enjoying the NFL life|
|2.||Tyler Love||2008||Alabama||Birmingham||.9877||Injuries were a problem|
|3.||Grant Hill||2013||Alabama||Huntsville||.9719||Versatility is his strength|
|4.||Antoine McClain||2008||Clemson||Anniston||.9604||Has made NFL rosters|
|5.||Reese Dismukes||2011||Auburn||Spanish Fort||.9596||All-american type center|
|6.||Austin Golson||2013||Ole Miss||Prattville||.9553||Played in 12 games as Fr.|