2012 College Football Recruiting Rankings: OL

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Who signed the top high school offensive linemen in the nation in the 2012 class?

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- by Braden Gall (@BradenGall on twitter)

The next batch of in-coming college football All-Americans have inked their respective letters of intent. Recruiting is the life blood of the greatest sport on the planet, and, while coaching stills plays the biggest role in winning a championship, having better players can go a long way to earning a trip to the BCS.

Recruiting is an inexact science by definition. It is virtually impossible to accurately peg the mental make-up of any 17-year old child -- much less high-profile, over-coddled 17-year-old athletes. But team recruiting rankings offer the best indication of which team has the best ingredients each coach has to work with each season.

Related: Athlon's Top 25 Recruiting Classes of 2012

Offensive Positional Rankings: QB | RB | WR/TE | OL
Defensive Positional Rankings: DL | LB | DB | ATH

The position with the highest washout rate of any in football is the offensive line. This occurs for a variety of reasons. First, more offensive linemen are signed than any other position on the field — five are needed to start obviously — so the sheer numbers game means more busts. Second, raw size is more of a factor with offensive line rankings than any other position and this tends to lead to lead to more "misses" in the evaluation process. Level of competition, killer instinct, future growth and work ethic are all massive wildcards when trying to evaluate blockers.

That said, it is almost assured that the Stanford Cardinal will possess one of the best offensive lines in the nation in the coming years. They signed three of the top five blockers in the nation and seven overall. What David Shaw did along his offensive front is nearly unprecedented.

Here are the best incoming offensive linemen in the nation:

  Name HT WT Hometown AC100 College
1. D.J. Humphries 6'6" 271 Charlotte, NC No. 3 Florida
2. John Theus 6'6" 292 Jacksonville, FL No. 13 Georgia
3. Andrus Peat 6'7" 305 Tempe, AZ No. 22 Stanford
4. Kyle Murphy 6'7" 278 San Clemente, CA No. 25 Stanford
5. Josh Garnett 6'3" 305 Puyallup, WA No. 30 Stanford
6. Isaac Seumalo 6'4" 290 Corvallis, OR No. 40 Oregon State
7. Kyle Kalis 6'5" 305 Lakewood, OH No. 45 Michigan
8. Jordan Simmons 6'5" 335 Inglewood, CA No. 47 USC
9. Zach Banner 6'9" 335 Puyallup, WA No. 50 USC
10. Kennedy Estelle 6'7" 300 Pearland, TX No. 51 Texas
11. Avery Young 6'6" 292 Palm Beach Gardens, FL No. 53 Auburn
12. Jessamen Dunker 6'4" 320 Boynton Beach, FL No. 64 Florida
13. Erik Magnuson 6'6" 275 Carlsbad, CA No. 73 Michigan
14. Max Tuerk 6'6" 295 Trabuco Canyon, CA No. 75 USC
15. Curtis Riser 6'4" 285 DeSoto, TX No. 80 Texas
16. Jordan Diamond 6'6" 290 Chicago, IL No. 88 Auburn
17. Evan Boehm 6'3" 290 Lee's Summit, MO No. 103 Missouri
18. Dan Voltz 6'4" 295 Barrington, IL No. 114 Wisconsin
19. Joey O'Connor 6'4" 295 Windsor, CO No. 120 Ohio State
20. Brandon Greene 6'5" 292 Ellenwood, GA No. 135 Alabama
21. Camrhon Hughes 6'7" 320 Harker Heights, TX No. 139 Texas
22. Patrick DeStefano 6'4" 275 Spartanburg, SC No. 147 Clemson
23. J.J. Denman 6'6" 310 Yardley, PA No. 159 Rutgers
24. Ronnie Stanley 6'6" 285 Las Vegas, NV No. 172 Notre Dame
25. Vadal Alexander 6'6" 315 Buford, GA No. 176 LSU
26. Ryan Ward 6'5" 275 Dublin, OH No. 177 Iowa
27. John Michael McGee 6'4" 275 Texarkana, TX No. 178 Oklahoma
28. Taylor Decker 6'8" 315 Vandalia, OH No. 179 Ohio State
29. Ty Darlington 6'3" 275 Apopka, FL No. 184 Oklahoma
30. Jay Guillermo 6'2" 287 Maryville, TN No. 190 Clemson
31. Chris Muller 6'6" 315 Perkiomenville, PA No. 197 Rutgers
32. Ereck Flowers 6'6" 312 Miami, FL No. 204 Miami
33. Evan Goodman 6'4" 290 Lakeland, FL No. 211 Arizona State
34. Issac Hayes 6'2" 275 Brooklyn Park, MN No. 212 Minnesota
35. Brock Stadnik 6'5" 287 Greensboro, NC No. 221 South Carolina
36. Paul Thurston 6'5" 275 Arvada, CO No. 230 Nebraska
37. Mike Matthews 6'3" 260 Missouri City, TX No. 238 Texas A&M
38. Patrick Miller 6'7" 275 West Palm Beach, FL No. 239 Auburn
39. Freddie Tagaloa 6'8" 312 Richmond, CA No. 261 Cal
40. Brandon Fanaika 6'3" 320 Pleasant Grove, UT No. 264 Stanford
41. Caleb Peterson 6'5" 310 Auburn, AL No. 269 North Carolina

2012 Athlon Sports Positional Recruiting Rankings:

College Football 2012 Positional Recruiting Rankings: Running Backs

College Football 2012 Positional Recruiting Rankings: Linebackers

College Football 2012 Positional Recruiting Rankings: Defensive Linemen
College Football 2012 Positional Recruiting Rankings: Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
College Football 2012 Positional Recruiting Rankings: Defensive Backs
College Football 2012 Positional Recruiting Rankings: Offensive Linemen
College Football 2012 Positional Recruiting Rankings: Quarterbacks
College Football 2012 Positional Recruiting Rankings: Athletes

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