Summer inspections are taking shape and recruiters are coming off the board all the time. Here’s a breakdown of the top 10 unexpected offensive linemen recruits in 2023 as we continue a two-week series looking at each position.
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Playing at the SEC seems to be a major priority for the Austin (Texas) Westlake standout who originally came from the Orlando area and has plenty of options to make it happen. Texas A&M, LSU and Georgia have applied for him the most, and Texas is well on its way to hiring. Her brother plays at Texas Tech, but it seems impossible because Shanahan has traveled the country looking for school to find the best. Aggies seem to have a big edge at the moment, but summer visits can determine a lot.
Prediction: Texas A&M
There was a decent amount of confusion on Wednesday when the five-star offensive tackle unveiled his official tour schedule for Arkansas State, Alabama, Penn State, Oregon and Michigan. Iowa has long been considered a pioneer, signing with the latest recruitment cycle of an in-state prospect and former high school teammate Javier Nawankpa Hawkeyes. Notre Dame and Ohio State will be the other two teams to see which apparently will not get officials but not out of it. Ducks may gain ground but not yet lead.
Tennessee not only emerged as a real contender for Mauigoa but probably a team with one edge of its recruitment, and the top four stars will be in Knoxville this weekend for a huge recruitment event. Five-star quarterback Comic Nico Imaleva and others are hiring him at Vols and that could be important. There has been talk, at least for the past year, that the Mauigoa family, originally from American Samoa, would prefer to return to the West Coast, which gives the USC and Oregon an advantage, but things seem to be opening up now. Alabama, Miami, Florida and others are also involved because he figured it out.
Now with a scheduled official visit to the LSU in mid-June, with the state returning to Missouri, Green’s appointment has become a little more interesting but can still go in a certain direction. Nebraska and Michigan are interesting, but Oklahoma still looks like a losing team by a wide margin. Instructor Brent Venebles And position coaches Bill Badenbagh Given a priority, he has a family connection to the school and other programs will take their shots in June. The early July commitment date still points to Suners – for now.
Georgia, LSU, Michigan State, Rutgers and Texas A&M are in the top five for the Ramsey (NJ) Don Bosco Prep standout. The official visit should take place in June and then the four-star prospect notices a promising date in July. It’s hard to read because there are definitely draws to play in the SEC, but it looks like Michigan State could get an edge right now because it has a great relationship with those coaches and prefers the non-verbal attitude of attacking linemen. Rutgers is also a competitor since he sees progress, likes some construction ideas and he closes it with coaches. The June visit could be key in his decision-making process.
Prediction: Michigan State
Texas A&M, LSU, Michigan State, Arkansas, Oregon, Alabama, Florida and Missouri East St. Louis, Ill. Its four-star offensive lineman is expected to be visited by everyone before he makes his promise. There are still many schools involved in McVay’s hiring, but Alabama, Michigan State and Missouri seem to have the edge right now. Crimson Tide is coming after him, McVeigh likes the Spartans a lot and then has local connections with Missouri, as well as former teammate Luther Burden and others playing for the Tigers.
Going into the last few weeks, it looks like the Big Ten team is leading the way in recruiting Okunlola, although he is not very clear about which programs affect him the most. Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State are all mentioned, and although his brother signed with Pitt, he is unlikely to end there. Alabama is a must see after the Crimson Tide given in recent weeks and a tour there could be big. But the feeling is that New England will likely lean towards the North.
Prediction: Ohio State
LSU, Oklahoma, Michigan, Oregon, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Missouri, and Tennessee are in the top eight for Richard, and visits are coming through the summer. But the home-state Tigers are certainly a key player in his recruitment, with Oregon looking to be a surprisingly serious contender, and LSU should be seen as well. It would be surprising if Richard didn’t end up in Columbia because of his connection, especially when it comes to a decision.
Georgia seemed to be at the forefront of Sankar’s commitment just a few months ago, but in recent weeks Lewisville has made a significant leap in this appointment. I think the Bulldogs are giving a full-court press here and if they do, Georgia could lead its recruitment. But many Lewisville promises are working hard on Sankar to make it mandatory. Miami, Michigan State and others are involved.
What is interesting about Lalaulu’s appointment is that he was extra silent about which parties he was involved in, where he was visiting and how everything was going. This has been slower than expected because last summer the Honolulu St. Louis standout dominated rival events and has elite power. But Arizona is expected to receive an inspection soon, and other Pac-12 schools are interested. Wildcats see there is an edge right now.