Football teams are built in the trenches and if you want to ensure long-term success in college football, you’d better put together strong recruiting classes along the offensive line. We take a look at the top offensive line recruiting classes for 2014.
Alabama commit Cameron Robinson is the top-rated offensive lineman in the 2014 247Sports Composite.
Commits: Cameron Robinson (West Monroe, La./High) – Early enrollee, Ross Pierschbacher (Cedar Falls, Iowa/High), Dominick Jackson (College of San Mateo), JC Hassenauer (Saint Paul, Minn./East Ridge), Joshua Casher (Mobile, Ala./St. Paul’s), Montel McBride (Plant City, Fla./High)
In the 247Sports Composite national position rankings, McBride ranks as the nation’s No. 23 offensive guard. Among Alabama’s six offensive line commitments, that’s the only pedestrian ranking of the group. Hassenauer is the No. 1 center in the nation, Casher is No. 2. Jackson is the top JUCO tackle in the country, Pierschbacher is the No. 6 offensive tackle coming out of high school. Meanwhile Cameron Robinson could be a potential first-day starter at left tackle for the Tide and was once ranked as the No. 1 player in the country.
2. Ohio State
Commits: Kyle Trout (Lancaster, Ohio/High) – Early enrollee, Marcelys Jones (Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville) – Early enrollee, Jamarco Jones (Chicago, Ill./De La Salle), Demetrius Knox (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints Episcopal), Brady Taylor (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Ready)
Ohio State has put together a deep class of offensive linemen but the Buckeyes are going to have to scrape and claw to keep the class together. With the 247Sports Crystal Ball trending of late in favor of Michigan State for Jamarco Jones, Urban Meyer is in a fight to hang on to his most highly rated offensive lineman. Even if Jones falls by the wayside, it’s a strong group featuring early enrollees Trout and Jones and one of the best in Texas in Knox as well as in-state late riser Taylor.
Commits; KC McDermott (Palm Beach, Fla./West Palm Beach) – Early enrollee, Trevor Darling (Miami, Fla./Central) – Early enrollee, Reilly Gibbons (Saint Petersburg, Fla./Catholic), Nick Linder (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas)
The strength of this offensive line class is the bookend tackles of the future that Al Golden was able to land out of south Florida. McDermott ranks as the nation’s No. 3 offensive tackle per the 247Sports Composite rankings while Darling checks in at No. 9. With McDermott at left tackle and Darling at right, the two could be the foundation for a lot of offensive success in the future in Coral Gables. Gibbons is a former tight end with tremendous upside and Linder hails from one of the best talent producing programs in the country.
USC is in good shape to land massive four-star OL Damien Mama and if that indeed takes place, this group would likely be bumped even higher in the rankings. As it stands now, USC has still landed an outstanding group in a position that was a major priority heading into this cycle. Lobendahn and Talamaivao are both interior linemen that have dominated in some of the nation’s most elite settings. Austin is an upside tackle with a great frame and Brown is one of the nation’s top senior risers at the offensive line position.
5. Notre Dame
The offensive tackle pair that is coming in to South Bend is one of the best duos in any signing class in the country. Nelson has been outstanding in camps, games and All-American settings and Bars is one of the top talents in the southeast at offensive tackle. Both are ranked by the 247Sports Composite among the Top 10 at the tackle position. Mustipher and Byrne are both stout on the interior as well and the four are all starting caliber prospects for the Notre Dame program.
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