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July 9, 2013
Underclassmen Challenge: Ranking the OLs
DeSOTO, Texas -- The Rivals250 Underclassmen Challenge presented by Under Armour was the final event of the inaugural Rivals Camp Series. Rivals.com analyst Jason Howell breaks down the top offensive linemen.
RIVALS UNDERCLASSMEN CHALLENGE TOP OLs
1. OG Josh Wariboko, Oklahoma City (Okla.) CasadyThe Oklahoma commitment was flat-out dominant. He was light on his feet, and his punch stunned opponents all day. Then there was his drive. He finished stronger than anyone, oftentimes putting his opponent into the ground. His efforts earned him the offensive line MVP honors for the camp.
2. OT Tyler Carr, Southside (Ala.)If there was a guy who pushed Wariboko for MVP honors, it was Carr. The 6-foot-6 offensive tackle may not have much experience at the position, but he appeared to be more than comfortable holding down the edge. He comes equipped with a big frame and a wingspan and quick hands that help him keep defenders away from his body. His feet were strong throughout the day as he claimed win after win in one-on-ones.
3. OG Quarvez Boulware, OG, Washington (D.C.) Friendship Collegiate AcademyComing into the Underclassmen Challenge the story on Boulware was improvement, and he continued that run with an impressive showing. He had some real flashes on the day, winning the majority of his one-on-one battles. He worked his hands well and packed a powerful punch while keeping a good base.
4. OT Keenan Walker, Scottsdale (Ariz.) ChaparralWalker's long, 6-foot-5 frame immediately caught the eye, and while he is on the slim side there is more than enough room to pack on a few pounds. His long arms allowed him to keep defenders away, and he showed nimble footwork. He handled the speed rush really well, and he showed why he has already picked up offers.
5. OT Matthew Burrell Jr., Fredericksburg (Va.) ChancellorThe potential and natural ability are there for Burrell, and it is easy to see why the scholarship offers are rolling in. He has the build of a true offensive tackle prospect, and he likes to get a little dirty. He has a quick, strong punch, but he can be wild with his hands and get overextended. He put together a strong effort and won more than he lost.
6. OG/OC Zach Rogers, Lewisville (Texas) HebronSimply put, Rogers was what we thought he was. He is a technician on the field. He is polished and well versed in his footwork and handwork, and he has that nasty streak offensive linemen need. He did not take many reps, but the ones he took were very nice and he did not disappoint.
7. OT Jack Jones, Murfreesboro (Tenn. ) OaklandJones has the look of a tackle, and he showed fight throughout the camp. He had a tough time at first, but he found his rhythm as one-on-one drills progressed. He kept his 6-foot-6, 262-pound frame low, and he showed nice hands.
8. OT Josh Jones, Richmond (Texas) Fort Bend BushAt 6-foot-5, Jones has a big frame that is going to fill out nicely on the college level. He is on the skinny side at 255 pounds, but those long arms and his natural athleticism are quick to grab the attention. He was a little inconsistent in his footwork, but when he put it all together he showed high-end ability.
9. OG/OC Tristen Hoge, Pocatello (Idaho) HighlandDuring position drills, his footwork and hands were among the best. Both were very quick, and Hoge did a great job of keeping a strong base. In one-on-ones he showed strong technique, but he was a bit timid at times as he put in work as an interior lineman.