In today’s lunch break, it’s time to take a look at the top offensive line classes in 2015. If you are a fan of Clemson, the future is very bright in the trenches. On the West Coast, Erik McKinney breaks it down on a pair of ESPN 300 prospects.
Where's the beef in 2015?
The Tigers needed difference makers at tackle in this class and in the future, and five-star and No. 2-ranked tackle Mitch Hyatt is a great start. Hyatt’s athleticism stands out, as does that of No. 15-ranked tackle Green. No. 8 tackle Fruhmorgen is a technician that could play right tackle or guard at the next level. The most versatile in the class is Giella. He could project to center or guard with the ability to help at right tackle.
Need remaining: Clemson tried to get ESPN300 No. 215 Zack Bailey, and came close before the in-state guard prospect committed to South Carolina in early August. If the right fit at guard pops up, a fifth line prospect in the class is not out of the question.
The interior of the offensive line needs for the Crimson Tide have been filled in spades. Cotton is the nations No. 2 guard with the ability to work his way into the rotation early, and No. 10-ranked guard Petitbon is as competitive as anyone in the 2015 class. Listed as guard prospects, Kennedy and Warmack could project to center or guard at the next level. Cotton, Kennedy and Petitbon will play in the 2015 Under Armour All-America Game.
Need remaining: The Crimson Tide could finish the class in style with a top-notch offensive tackle prospect. No. 3-overall Martez Ivey is wanted, but a long shot. No. 61 Matt Burrell Jr. is likely to officially visit.
Quarterback and offensive line are two major issues for the Longhorns in the future. In the 2015 class, Charlie Strong and Joe Wickline have addressed the trenches on offense with a five-man class full of athleticism in Weathersby and Williams, who has a high ceiling. Vahe brings toughness with quick feet to the interior, and Major and Thomas are solid tackle prospects. Three-star defensive tackle pledge Du'Vonta Lampkin could also end on the offensive line long-term.
Need remaining: Finding a quality center prospect in the next couple of classes is paramount, as future depth at the position is very much in question.
Others considered: Auburn, Georgia, Miami (FL), Notre Dame, Penn State, South Carolina, UCLA
Irwin postpones Stanford trip
ESPN 300 wide receiver Trent Irwin had discussed taking an official visit to Stanford this past weekend, but that trip was put on hold, his father, Craig, said this past Thursday. Part of the reason for the decision was that Irwin injured his shoulder in the season opener and knew he would need some significant rehab after what figured to be a tough game against West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade on Friday night. Postponing the visit throws something of a wrinkle into Irwin's recruiting plans, as the wide receiver has an official visit scheduled to Arizona State in early November and was hoping to have his final decision made between the schools shortly thereafter. Whether he gets an official visit set to Stanford before December could be fairly telling, as Irwin will only enroll early if he is headed to Arizona State. Of course, not enrolling early doesn't guarantee that he will eventually commit to Stanford, but getting him to delay his decision would be a big win for the Cardinal. -- Erik McKinney
Tell has ideas for five visits
ESPN 300 safety Marvell Tell took his first official visit, to Oregon, this past weekend and will take four more before settling on a school. Tell said Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt will receive the rest of his visits, but keep an eye out for the local programs, UCLA and USC. Both are very much in the race for Tell, and when a Southern California prospect states early on that all five trips will be out of state, there is always a chance that the local schools can persuade them to visit officially. -- Erik McKinney