Who has the most talent in the SEC at OL?
The Southeastern Conference is loaded with offensive line talent, although it’s not as concentrated among five-star players as you may suspect.
There are just four different five-star offensive linemen in the SEC, all of them offensive tackles: Cam Robinson (Alabama), Laremy Tunsil (Ole Miss), John Theus (Georgia) and Martez Ivey (Florida).
The SEC does contain 70 four-star offensive linemen at the moment, a huge number.
Here’s a look at the team-by-team offensive line talent, followed by a few observations:
|Team||Total 4 or 5-star OLs||Avg. Rating||Other OLs|
- There’s a strong correlation between offensive line talent and SEC success. Alabama (12), Auburn (9), LSU (9) and Georgia (8) have the most “quality” offensive linemen in the conference and also may be the four top preseason favorites.
- Kentucky and Vanderbilt, picked 13th and 14th in the SEC in every major preseason ranking, are the only two teams without a four- or five-star offensive lineman on the roster.
- Rankings aren’t everything, though. Arkansas would get plenty of votes in a poll of the SEC’s best offensive lines this season, and the Razorbacks are decidedly average in terms of talent based on the numbers in recruiting services.
- There’s a lot of concern with Florida’s offensive line in 2015, and looking at these numbers it’s easy to see why. Martez Ivey, an offensive tackle and a true freshman, is one of two Gators players ranked as a four- or five-star talent out of high school. That’s not much raw physical ability or depth. With an inexperienced starting quarterback and depth concerns at receiver, Florida needs to play well along the line.
- Missouri leads the SEC with an enormous 18 offensive linemen, but the team loses a ton of experienced seniors in ’15, including Evan Boehm and Connor McGovern.
Here’s a team-by-team breakdown of the scholarship offensive linemen in the SEC. Star ratings listed below are based on the 247Sports composite rankings.
ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE
5: Cam Robinson
4: Joshua Casher, J.C. Hassenauer, Grant Hill, Dominick Jackson, Ryan Kelly, Brandon Kennedy, Ross Pierschbacher, Alphonse Taylor, Dallas Warmack, Lester Cotton, Richie Petitbon
3: Bradley Bozeman, Isaac Luatua, Matt Womack
4: Denver Kirkland, Jalen Merrick, Frank Ragnow, Mitch Smothers, Brian Wallace
3: Josh Allen, Austin Beck, Marcus Danenhauer, Reeve Koehler, Zach Rogers, Dan Skipper, Sebastian Tretola, Colton Jackson
4: Avery Young, Bailey Sharp, Tyler Carr, Braden Smith, Shon Coleman, Austin Golson, Jordan Diamond, Kaleb Kim, Marquel Harrell
3: Xavier Dampeer, Devonte Danzey, Alex Kozan, Robert Leff, Will Adams, Deon Mix, Mike Horton
5: Martez Ivey
4: David Sharpe
3: Cameron Dillard, Travaris Dorsey, Antonio Riles, Trip Thurman, Tyler Jordan, Brandon Sandifer, Fredrick Johnson, Nick Buchanan, Andrew Mike, Kavaris Harkless, Richerd Desir-Jones
2: T.J. McCoy
N/A: Mason Halter, Nick Davis
5: John Theus
4: Kendall Baker, Lamont Gaillard, Kolton Houston, Brandon Kublanow, Dyshon Sims, Isaiah Wynn, Patrick Allen
3: Aulden Bynum, Jake Edwards, Hunter Long, Greg Pyke, Sam Madden, DeVondre Seymour, Sage Hardin
3: Josh Krok, Nick Richardson, Zach West, Kyle Meadows, Jon Toth, Jordan Swindle, Ramsey Meyers, Nick Haynes, Jarrett LaRubbio, Jervontius Stallings, George Asafo-Adjei, Zach Meyers, Logan Stenberg, Levon Livingston, Mason Wolfe
4: William Clapp, Toby Weathersby, Chidi Valentine-Okeke, Jevonte Domond, Vadal Alexander, Maea Teuhema, Josh Boutte, Ethan Pocic, Garrett Brumfield
3: K.J. Malone, Jerald Hawkins, George Brown Jr., Jonah Austin, Andy Dodd, Adrian Magee
MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS
4: Damien Robinson, Martinas Rankin
3: Rufus Warren, Jake Thomas, Harrison Moon, Elgton Jenkins, Cole Carter, Justin Malone, Darryl Williams, Michael Story, Jocquell Johnson, Devon Desper, Deion Calhoun, Jamaal Clayborn, Justin Senior
2: Ronald Cochran
4: Connor McGovern, Malik Cuellar, Evan Boehm, Andy Bauer
3: Jordan Williams, Clay Rhodes, Kevin Pendleton, Tanner Owen, Brad McNulty, Mitch Hall, Mike Fairchild, Nate Crawford, Taylor Chappell, Sam Bailey, Paul Adams, Alec Abeln, A.J. Harris, Tyler Howell
OLE MISS REBELS
5: Laremy Tunsil
4: Javon Patterson, Rod Taylor, Aaron Morris, Christian Morris
3: Tyler Putman, Daronte Bouldin, Robert Conyers, Fahn Cooper, Jordan Sims, Jeremy Liggins, Justin Bell, Ben Still, Sean Rawlings, Michael Howard, Alex Givens
SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS
4: Donell Stanley, Brock Stadnik, Brandon Shell, D.J. Park, Christian Pellage, Zack Bailey
3: Mason Zandi, Malik Young, Cody Waldrop, Will Sport, Mike Matulis, Alan Knott, Trey Derouen, Blake Camper
2: Dennis Daley
4: Charles Mosley, Marcus Jackson, Dontavius Blair, Jack Jones, Drew Richmond
3: Kyler Kerbyson, Chance Hall, Jashon Robertson, Dylan Wiesman, Ray Raulerson, Brett Kendrick, Austin Sanders, Mack Crowder, Coleman Thomas, Zach Stewart, Venzell Boulware
TEXAS A&M AGGIES
4: Keaton Sutherland, Germain Ifedi, Jermaine Eluemunor, Avery Gennesy, Mike Matthews, Connor Lanfear, Trevor Elbert
3: Joseph Cheek, J.J. Gustafson, Zach Ledwik, Koda Martin, Jeremiah Stuckey, Tank Davis, Erik McCoy
3: Bruno Reagan, Spencer Pulley, Kevin McCoy, Andrew Jelks, Will Holden, Cole Hardin, Bailey Granier, Barrett Gouger, Blake Fromang, Delando Crooks, Jake Bernstein, Jared Southers, Darion DeBrossard, Ean Pfeifer, Justin Skule
2: E.J. DellaRipa