The position-by-position rankings for 2010 keep rolling along, this time with the offensive linemen. Texas has an impressive quartet committed for 2009, who will the top targets be for 2010?
When looking at the Longhorns’ 2009 recruiting class, an obvious strength was the staff’s ability to target and land the offensive linemen that they wanted.
One of the most impressive freshman offensive line classes in school history, the group of Thomas Ashcraft, Paden Kelley, Garrett Porter and Mason Walters looks to be a solid foundation for the future of the Texas offensive line.
With only four offensive linemen slated to leave the program over the next two years, the Texas staff can again cherry pick the big boys to fill out the 2010 class.
The Class of 2010 right now does not appear to have the can’t miss type prospect that the state of Texas has produced in years past like Tray Allen (2007), Stephen Good (2008) or Mason Walters (2009). But the group is deep and features one of the most impressive collections of guard prospects in recent years.
Jeff Howe’s Top 5 Texas Offensive Linemen for 2010:
1. Jake Matthews (6-5/275), Fort Bend Elkins
Matthews has the perfect combination of production, pedigree and potential to be an elite national prospect.
His father is former Oilers/Titans Hall Of Fame lineman Bruce Matthews and his brother started at Texas A&M this past season.
Matthews has shown to be very polished and versatile thus far in his young career and could potentially play any three positions on the line and excel.
The Longhorns could make a push for Matthews, but his ties to Texas A&M and Southern Cal (his father is a USC alum) could make him a tough get for Texas.
2. Chad Lindsay (6-4/300), The Woodlands
One of the best guard prospects to come down out of the state in the last few recruiting cycles, Lindsay has been a factor in the trenches for the Highlanders since his sophomore season.
A member of the ESPNU 150 Watch List for 2010, Lindsay is a two-time first team All-District selection.
He visited Texas for the Missouri game and is a strong candidate to receive and offer in February, but he is also being recruited by Oklahoma along with SEC heavyweights Alabama, Georgia and LSU.
3. Aleon Calhoun (6-7/315), Navasota
Calhoun has one of the highest ceilings of any lineman in the state simply because he comes wrapped in an impressive package.
He combines his size with outstanding footwork, which comes from his talent on the basketball court. He dominates competition at the Class 3A level.
Calhoun lists Texas among his leaders and the Longhorns stand an excellent shot to land him if an offer is extended. Calhoun has already received offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas A&M.
4. Evan Washington (6-5/290), DeSoto
Another top prospect in the class hailing from DeSoto, Washington is also a prospect that has tons of untapped potential.
Before this season, Washington had never even played football, having gone strictly with basketball. What he showed when he stepped on the football field for the first time have some calling him the top offensive tackle prospect in the state for 2010.
Washington’s upside is even more impressive than his production right now and that says a lot. The Horns are in the mix, but Washington is also likely to be a national recruit with the likes of Florida, Miami, Oklahoma and USC on his radar.
5. Adam Shead (6-3/305), Cedar Hill
A teammate of 2009 Texas commit Thomas Ashcraft, Shead is one of several high-caliber Division I prospects for Cedar Hill in 2010.
A starter since his sophomore season for the Longhorns, Shead is a true road grater with a mean streak and is dominant in the run game. Shead might very well be the state’s No. 2 true guard prospect behind Chad Lindsay.
Shead’s father played at Nebraska, so football is in his blood. Shead has visited Austin on several occasions and told IT in an October interview that, “if I had a top three right now Texas would be in it.”
Other Texas offensive linemen to keep an eye on in 2010:
Troy Baker (6-7/285), Waco Connally
Physical specimen pounced on an early offer from Texas Tech and committed.
Dominic Espinosa (6-3/275), Cedar Park
Has reportedly worked privately with former Horn Jason Glynn and has visited Texas several times.
Trey Hopkins (6-4/260), Galena Park North Shore
Can play any position on the line and is a seeing his stock rise fast.
Luke Joeckel (6-6/280), Arlington
Impressive looking tackle prospect is being courted heavily by Texas Tech and Texas A&M.
Austin Lunsford (6-4/290), Garrison
Athletic big man made an unofficial visit to Austin in October for the Missouri game.
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