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2012 College Football Recruiting Rankings: OL

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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.

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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

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College Football 2012 Positional Recruiting Rankings: Offensive Linemen
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