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February 15, 2012

Big names dominate offensive line in 2013

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We continue the evaluation of the Class of 2013, with a look at the offensive linemen and how they stack up. Last year, John Theus was one of the top-rated players in the country. Florida continues the trend with Lake City-Columbia's Laremy Tunsil as the No. 3 rated player in the nation - according to Rivals.com and their top 100 recruits for 2013.

Top20 13 offensive linemen

1. Laremy Tunsil
Offensive tackle
6-foot-6 |275 | Columbia (Lake City)
Buzz:Tunsil has been developing at Lake City-Columbia for three years and is ready to shine. Nee's Notes (Rivals.com Florida Recruiting Analyst Chris Nee)"Tunsil is a special prospect at offensive tackle. The 6-foot-6, 275-pound offensive lineman has a great wingspan to go along with a long, lanky frame. On the field, he has great instincts and reaction. He does a great job of quickly striking off the snap and keeping his feet moving to open up holes and drive defenders away from the play."
Schools in the mix: Georgia, South Florida, Alabama, LSU, Notre Dame ( 13 total).
2. Denver Kirkland
Offensive tackle
6-foot-4 |300 | Booker T. Washington( Miami)
Buzz: Experienced in the trenches and the big games, Kirkland anchored the offensive line for the Tornado team that had Jacksonville Bolles on the brink before losing the 4A championship game. Nee's Notes:"Kirkland is a talented offensive lineman who is a good right tackle candidate, but could also make the move inside to guard at the collegiate level. He carries 300 pounds very well on his 6-foot-4 frame and has good lateral agility and quick feet"
Schools in the mix: Louisville, Florida State, South Florida, UCLA, Miami (7 total)
3. Richy Klepal
Offensive Tackle
6-foot-5| 270 | Plant (Tampa)
Buzz: When Plant coach Robert Weiner says this may be the best offensive lineman he has coached, you take notice. Nee's Notes: "He has the frame, size, arm length, and athleticism you desire at the offensive tackle spot, but he is also impressive from a technique standpoint. Klepal regularly sealed the edge or drove an end off the ball and away from the backfield, helping to open big running holes. His pass blocking is spot-on."
Schools in the mix: Duke, Iowa State, Indiana, UCF, Virginia (ten total)
4. Austin Droogsma
Offensive Guard
6-foot-3 |310 | Gulf Breeze (Gulf Breeze)
Buzz: The offers are pouring in for this inside lineman. Droogsma has proven he is effective in the interior and his footwork is impressive. He is one of the most sought-after offensive linemen in this year's class.
Schools in the mix: Southern Cal, South Florida, South Carolina, Florida State, Southern Miss (19 total)
5. Roderick Johnson
Offensive tackle
6-foot-4 | 205 | American Heritage (Delray Beach)
Buzz: Johnson has what every offensive lineman wants - a great running back in Greg Bryant - but most of those offensive backs will tell you - without the line - they're not getting those yards. Nee's Notes: "A prototype offensive tackle with a great body and a lower-body that allows him to pass block as though he is sitting in a chair at times. He is very well put together at 6-5, 287 pounds and has a frame to easily add more size as he physically matures"
Schools in the mix: Central Florida, Miami, Illinois, South Florida, Florida (14 total)
Others in the mix:

Joe Fennell, Fort Myers South Fort Myers
Shawn Curtis, Orlando Olympia
Sandley Jean-Felix, Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson
Austin Bland, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas
Lucas Crowley, Ponte Vedra Nease
Gerald Wright, Miami Northwestern
Cameron Ruff, Tampa Jesuit
Shamar Johnson, Pensacola Pine Forest
Hunter Murray, Panama City Arnold
Logan McNeil, St. Petersburg Lakewood
Michael Miranda, Miramar
Tanner Crow, Panama City Bay

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