Offensive Line Big Board
One of the remaining positions of focus for Georgia's 2013 recruiting class is the offensive line. That position has become even more of a focus since Georgia Military offensive tackle and Georgia commitment Trenton Brown has talked about opening things up and considering Florida. In the offensive line edition of the Big Board, we take a look at Georgia's situation with Brown as well as other big time offensive linemen.
• OT Aulden Bynum ( Valwood) - Bynum is a prospect that few people have a firm grasp on. He certainly has the frame and length to play the position. He is an athletic prospect that may be a project, but has the raw skills. Many are worried about the competition he faces at Valwood, and others are worried about the fact that he is only 260-270 pounds a present. Those two factors almost guarantee that he will be a redshirt candidate when he arrives on campus.
Recruitment: Bynum is currently committed to Georgia over offers from Auburn, South Carolina, Miami, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and North Carolina. He is also a life long Georgia fan is could probably be considered as one of UGA's most solid commitments.
OG/C Brandon Kublanow (Walton) - Kublanow has been nothing short of spectacular in his first two games of his senior season. The four star lineman was dominant against Brookwood at the Corky Kell Classic in the Georgia Dome, and had a similar performance against McEachern in game two. Kublanow has played both tackle positions and both guard positions as times already this season as the Walton offensive schemes calls for him to move around to lead the way for Alabama commitment Tyren Jones. Kublanow has shown solid footwork when pass blocking, but has been downright dominant when run blocking with an explosive first step, great punch, and relentless motor.
Recruitment: Kublanow committed to UGA over offers from Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Clemson, and LSU. The Rivals250 prospect is actively recruiting for the Bulldogs, and could also be considered a solid commitment.
OG/C Josh Cardiello (Buford) - Cardiello is a strong, athletic offensive lineman with solid upside coming into the 2012. After seeing him primarily as a defensive lineman this past Friday night against Elbert County, it is very possible that the three-star prospect is starting to meet his potential sooner rather than later. Cardiello showed excellent explosiveness, great energy, and some hip flexibility that hadn't been present before. Cardiello worked some as an offensive lineman as was great on down blocks and working to the second level as well.
Recruitment: Cardiello committed to UGA over Florida State and Florida, and is very good friends with both Bynum and Kublanow. He, like the other two offensive line commitments, can be considered as a solid commitment.
OT Trenton Brown (Georgia Military) - Brown is a gigantic offensive lineman at 6-foot-9, 360 pounds that has shown the ability get it done against JUCO level talent. Brown has great length, solid feet, and good athleticism for a guy his size. One of the thing that strikes you about Brown is his ability to knock defenders back at the point of attack. Brown is the type of guy that could help right away. He could start or provided talented depth that is needed for most teams.
Recruitment: Brown is currently committed to Georgia and did so over offers from Ole Miss, Arizona, and Florida. At present, Brown is, at best, a soft commitment. The JUCO lineman took a visit to Gainesville this past weekend and has let UGASports know that he is seriously considering the Gators. Brown has been given the indication that Georgia plans to use him at guard rather than tackle, and the Georgia coaching staff will have to calm those fears if they hope to keep the three-star talent.
OT Laremy Tunsil (Columbia; Lake City, Fla.) - Tunsil is the top offensive lineman in the country and has all the tools to be a multiple year All Conference or All American player. Based on raw abilities, he could also be a high draft pick for the NFL in the next three to four years. Tunsil has the size, quickness, strength, and polish to come in and play right away a plenty of schools, and has plenty of room to develop into a dominant force at left tackle.
Recruitment: Tunsil has a top three of UGA, Florida, and Alabama right now, but the word around the five-star tackle is that Georgia is the leader, Alabama is second, and Florida is barely hanging on. Tunsil has stated that he likes Georgia's playbook, and has formed a great relationship with Georgia assistants Mike Bobo, Will Friend, and John Lilly. Tunsil has also gone on the record as saying that his mother's favorite visit was to Georgia.
OG Tyrone Crowder (Richmond County; Rockingham, N.C.) - Crowder is a big, athletic road grader in the run game. At 6-foot-2, 315 pounds, Crowder already has a body that is ready for the next level and the strength to match. Despite the fact that he is already a very big man, Crowder has the athleticism to develop into a solid pass blocker at guard. The four star lineman has as much potential to start his first game as any offensive lineman in the country.
Recruitment: The word around Crowder is that Clemson, Auburn, and Georgia are his top three, but Clemson is thought to be the clear leader. Georgia and Auburn may have a better chance if they can get him on campus for an official visit, but Clemson holds a clear advantage and unless they fill up on the offensive line, Crowder is likely to end up there.
OT Delando Crooks[/db[ (Carver-Atlanta) - Crooks is probably the most athletic offensive lineman in the state of Georgia, but is also very raw. At 6-foot-5, 265 pounds, Crooks is very muscular and has no bad weight. The three star prospect is playing a lot of defense in 2012, and is impressing on that side of the ball as well. When it comes to the raw tools like athleticism, length, base, strength, and frame, Crooks has it all, but he will need some time to develop and put on weight at the next level.
Recruitment: Crooks' recruitment has been a mystery but his guardian, Tony Vaccianna, says that a number of schools have been calling lately and that UGA is still recruiting him at this time.
OT/OG [db]Alan Knott (Sandy Creek) - Knott is an experienced and smart offensive lineman with the ability to play guard or tackle at the next level. Knott has good size at 6-foot-5, 275 pounds and has the athleticism to play tackle. Knott's length is borderline, so he could end up at guard at the next level, but one thing that is certain is that he will need to get stronger. Knott is one of the most technically sound and well-coached lineman in the state of Georgia, and if he can improve his strength, he could contribute early.
Recruitment: Knott committed to South Carolina over offers from Miami, North Carolina, and Kentucky. While UGA has yet to offer, things would likely change for the three star lineman if the Bulldogs did indeed pull the trigger. With Brown wavering, that is a possibility but Knott told UGASports recently that Georgia has not been in contact as of late.
OT/OG Joshua Outlaw (Martin Luther King) - Outlaw is an intriguing prospect because of his combination of size and great feet. The three-star prospect has great footwork, and plays in an offense that has allowed him to get plenty of experience in pass protection. While it is questionable as to whether or not Outlaw has the length to play tackle at the next level, there is little doubt that he has the athleticism and lower body strength. The MLK standout, however, does need to improve his upper body strength and become a better run blocker to be a complete lineman.
Recruitment: In an odd set of events last month, Outlaw decommitted from Florida and reopened his recruitment. Since that decommitment, Outlaw has been contacted by TCU, Auburn, and Arkansas. He also told UGASports on Wednesday that UGA is recruiting him again as well.
OT DeVondre Seymour (North Gwinnett) - Seymour saw a great deal of improvement in 2011, but has seen limited action in 2012 due to a back injury. Seymour has a great frame and solid athleticism. He has been moved to right tackle by North Gwinnett, and had some moments at the Corky Kell Classic versus Colquitt County where he definitely looked like a BCS caliber prospect. Unfortunately, he had some moments where he looked like he was favoring his back and lacked the flexibility to play tackle at the next level.
Recruitment: Seymour isn't one to talk to the media much, but it appears most of the schools who were once recruiting him have backed off due to his back injury or some hurdles in the classroom. If Seymour can prove that his bad back isn't a long term issue and get things straightened out in the classroom, some of those schools could come calling again.
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