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November 15, 2009

Category rankings: Offensive linemen

VOTE: Run blocker | Pass blocker | Most agile | Best athlete


The Rivals.com recruiting experts have broken down countless hours of film and racked up plenty of frequent flyer miles to see the top prospects compete at events across the country. In the process of evaluating overall talent, several prospects gained notice for their mastery of specific skills.

We've selected the best of the best in each category for every position and ranked them. Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barry Every breaks down the offensive linemen.

OL RANKINGS: Run blocker | Pass blocker | Most agile | Best athlete | AMP: Best pass blockers

5. Bronson Irwin, Mustang (Okla.)
Irwin Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Oklahoma
PARTICULARS: 6-5/322
BUZZ: The strong, thick offensive lineman who plays with a nasty streak proved his toughness by earning OL MVP honors at the National Underclassmen Ultimate 100 Camp.
4. Shep Klinke, Katy (Texas)
Klinke Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Texas A&M
PARTICULARS: 6-7/290
BUZZ: Klinke proved against Flower Mound (Texas) Marcus this year that he is willing to blocking through the whistle. Klinke opens up huge holes in the run game.
3. Matt James, Cincinnati St. Xavier
James Highlights
CONSIDERING: Top three includes Cincinnati, Notre Dame and Ohio State.
PARTICULARS: 6-8/290
BUZZ: This mammoth four-star offensive tackle (6 feet 8, 290 pounds) is the definition of a road grader.
2. Andrew Norwell, Cincinnati Anderson
Norwell Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Ohio State
PARTICULARS: 6-7/275
BUZZ: He's a nasty offensive lineman on a run-oriented team who takes pleasure in inflicting pain on defensive ends.
1. James Hurst, Indianapolis Plainfield
Hurst Highlights
COMMITTED TO: North Carolina
PARTICULARS: 6-5/284
BUZZ: He proved to be the toughest and meanest competitor - two qualities needed to be a successful run-blocker - at the U.S. Army All-American Combine.
BEST PASS BLOCKER
5. Ian Silberman, Fleming Island (Fla.)
Silberman Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Florida
PARTICULARS: 6-5/257
BUZZ: Athletic competitor with body type of a huge defensive end. He tore it up during one-on-ones at Tallahassee Nike Camp.
4. Jawuan James, Suwannee (Ga.) North Gwinnett
James Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Tennessee
PARTICULARS: 6-6/293
BUZZ: The tall, long-armed lineman gets a ton of practice on pass protection in a pass-happy offense.
3. Robert Crisp, Raleigh (N.C.) Athens Drive
Crisp Highlights
COMMITTED TO: N.C. State
PARTICULARS: 6-7/299
BUZZ: Crisp held his own when he faced some of the best defensive ends in the country during one-on-ones at Top Gun.
2. Seantrel Henderson, Saint Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall
Henderson Highlights
CONSIDERING: List includes Florida, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and USC.
PARTICULARS: 6-8/301
BUZZ: The massive, athletic lineman is light on his feet and nearly impossible to knock off balance. Not only is he the top lineman in the country, he's the No. 1 overall prospect.
1. Cedric Ogbuehi, Allen (Texas)
Ogbuehi Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Texas A&M
PARTICULARS: 6-5/270
BUZZ: This Texas A&M commitment proved the importance of being balanced and light on his feet against five-star defender Jackson Jeffcoat this year.
MOST AGILE
5. Giovanni Di Poalo, Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
Di Poalo Highlights
COMMITTED TO: USC
PARTICULARS: 6-4/260
BUZZ: No one pulls quicker or gets down the field to throw a key block better than this nimble USC commitment.
4. Dominic Espinosa, Cedar Park (Texas)
Espinosa Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Texas
PARTICULARS: 6-4/295
BUZZ: The No. 1 center in the country displayed a tremendous change of direction at the National Underclassmen Combine. He proved he can block more athletic linebackers.
3. Robert Crisp, Raleigh (N.C.) Athens Drive
Crisp Highlights
COMMITTED TO: N.C. State
PARTICULARS: 6-7/299
BUZZ: The N.C. State commitment has a very athletic lower half, which allows him to bounce around like a jungle cat.
2. Seantrel Henderson, Saint Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall
Henderson Highlights
CONSIDERING: List includes Florida, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and USC.
PARTICULARS: 6-8/301
BUZZ: Henderson uses his basketball skill set on the gridiron. His athleticism sets him apart from other linemen.
1. Trey Hopkins, Galena Park (Texas) North Shore
Hopkins Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Texas
PARTICULARS: 6-4/260
BUZZ: The No. 1 guard in the country, Hopkins is a natural knee bender who runs on the balls of his feet and pulls with grace.
BEST ATHLETE
5. Demarco Cox, Yazoo City (Miss.)
Cox Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Ole Miss
PARTICULARS: 6-8/285
BUZZ: Cox is a 6 foot 8, 285-pounder who will most likely start out as a member of the Ole Miss basketball squad.
4. Jimmy Gjere, New Brighton (Minn.) Irondale
Gjere Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Minnesota
PARTICULARS: 6-7/275
BUZZ: This Minnesota commitment actually laces up the skates in the fall and winter while also starting on the baseball team in the spring.
3. Ian Silberman, Fleming Island (Fla.)
Silberman Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Florida
PARTICULARS: 6-5/257
BUZZ: He was at the same camp as Benedict and put up similar testing numbers. The Florida Gators are getting a good one here.
2. Brent Benedict, Jacksonville (Fla.) Bolles
Benedict Highlights
COMMITTED TO: Georgia
PARTICULARS: 6-5/278
BUZZ: This Georgia commitment put up staggering combine numbers at the National Underclassmen Combine two summers ago.
1. Seantrel Henderson, Saint Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall
Henderson Highlights
CONSIDERING: List includes Florida, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and USC.
PARTICULARS: 6-8/301
BUZZ: Henderson doubles as an AAU basketball star in the offseason. He is the total package as an offensive line prospect.



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