10 best HS offensive lineman

Our position-by-position look at some of Georgia’s best high school football players resumes with offensive linemen.

That’s perhaps the toughest position to rate because there are few meaningful statistics for linemen. Recruiting rankings don’t properly measure an offensive lineman’s value to his own high school team because college coaches want prospects (6-4, 290) while high school coaches just want somebody who can put a shoulder on somebody long enough to spring a runner or protect a passer.

Here are 10 that would please any high school coach:

- Dennis Edwards, South Gwinnett: First-team all-Gwinnett County in 2012. Edwards was credited with 17 pancakes and 35 knockdowns for a 9-3 team. Georgia State and Western Kentucky have offered, according to 247Sports. Projected as a center in college.

- Jake Edwards, Heard County: A first-team AA all-state pick last season, Edwards has several mid-major offers. Southern Miss and Central Florida lead, according to 247Sports. Edwards was credited with 51 pancake blocks on an 11-1 team.

- Max Kemper, Pope: A rising junior, Kemper graded out at 90 percent for the season with 38 pancake blocks as a pulling guard. Started since he was a freshman. Kemper was first-team AAAAA all-state (AP) last season and first-team all-Cobb County (AJC and Marietta Daily Journal). Being recruited by Georgia, Georgia Tech, Alabama and North Carolina. Pope was 7-4.

- Kaleb Kim, Mill Creek: A rising junior, Kim didn’t allow a sack last season and blocked for the leading rusher in Gwinnett County. Played three games with a broken hand. He was first-team all-Gwinnett County. Team went 9-4 and advanced to state quarterfinals.

- Andrew Marshall, West Forsyth: Marshall’s coaches graded him 100 percent seven times last season on an offense that averaged 40.3 points. Marshall made second-team all-state (AP) last season. Projected as a center, Marshall (6-4, 265) has offers from Duke, East Carolina  and South Alabama, according to Rivals.

- Randy Robinson, Lovejoy: Robinson (6-2, 320) made the AP’s first-team AAAAAA all-state team as a sophomore last season. He has started in 30 of 30 games and two state championship games as a freshman and sophomore. He and teammate Justin Brown, a tackle who is a little taller and rated a 4-star by 247Sports, give Lovejoy two all-state candidates on the front line.

- Jake Sanders, Carrollton: Sanders (6-6, 320) was the best offensive lineman for a run-oriented team last season. Sanders was first team AAAA all-state. He has committed to Duke.

- Dyshon Sims, Lowndes: The only underclassman to make all-Region 1-AAAAAA last season was Dye, a 6-4, 270-pound tackle. He transferred from Valdosta in the off-season. He is one of the few in-state offensive lineman who have offers from Georgia.

- Sam Wood, Lassiter: Best offensive lineman last season on a team that had more than 4,500 yards in total offense and finished 10-1. Wood was first-team all-county and second-team AAAAAA all-state (AP). He’s 6-3, 245, and not getting big offers yet.

- Tyler Jones, Stephenson: Jones is one of two top prospects on Stephenson’s offensive line. The other is Jordan Harris. Jones (6-4, 285) had perhaps slightly the better year as a junior, grading out at 93 percent. (Harris was 92 percent, so that’s nit-picking.) Jones has offers from Ohio State, North Carolina, Mississippi State and others. Harris (6-6, 265) has offers from Florida State and several others.

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NoDistrictLinesInDekalb

May 21st, 2013
11:09 am

Oh my gosh another top prospect who jumps schools and in South Ga imagine that !

GwinnettGridironRecruits

May 21st, 2013
11:32 am

Orlando Brown Jr, Peachtree Ridge: Committed to Tennessee

Christian Harris, Collins Hill: Over 10 offers incl. Miss St, UNC, NC State, and Kentucky

Mitch Hyatt, North Gwinnett: Ranked #4 in the 247Sports 2015 Rankings

Paladin Death Dealer

May 21st, 2013
1:31 pm

Lets see, guess the lineman at Valdosta moved out of the city limits and into the county to play for the Vikings??? NO WAY!!! It had nothing to do with football, all about A STRONG MATH DEPT. OUT AT LOWNDES THAT HE WANTED TO CHECK OUT!!! WILL WE EVER BE ABLE TO READ ANOTHER ARTICLE WITHOUT A TRANSFER INVOLVED IN IT!!! WOW

LassiterFan

May 21st, 2013
3:43 pm

WAY TO GO SAM!!! You are a great young man that will have plenty of opportunities on and off the field.

carl

May 21st, 2013
8:43 pm

Georgia does NOT want the kid from Lowndes (he has no shame) the way things look he will sign with ga. tech

DOSTA DAWG

May 22nd, 2013
4:47 am

The kid left Valdosta because his family lives in the county. Most, if not all of his family has gone to Lowndes. I just hate his family took him out of a multiple-pass offense to block in the wing-T.

Laughing Out Loud

May 22nd, 2013
8:43 am

This list is laughable. If you are going to call the list “10 Best HS Offensive Lineman” then you would probably be well served to actually list THE BEST. Leaving off Harris (Collins Hill), Hyatt (NG), and Wilson (Milton) is absurd.

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sportsnut

May 22nd, 2013
11:35 am

Kirkland will have some running room this season. The little man on the line will come in at about 280. All the others will be over 300. Run Kirkland, Run !

Plowboy

May 23rd, 2013
6:29 am

GGR & LOL (most likely the same poster) you sir know nothing about “best” HS OL in Georgia.
2 of the 3 SAs you mention are part of the recruiting services hype machine. Hyatt is good but will now will have to play without the veterans that have graduated. PR player has all the measurables but is slow – more of a project like Seymour from NG last year. Then the all timer underachiever CH no heart and no surprise no offers from the instate school. If you ever saw any of these OL play you might have a clue.

Swamp Lizard

May 23rd, 2013
8:39 am

Beau Beasley #70 ELCA ….. he’s not going to sign any D1 scholorship, but he will get after you on Friday nights! Looking forward to a great season from him & ELCA ….. I love you son !!!

brent19

May 23rd, 2013
9:10 am

This is one of the worst list ever compiled. How do you not have Orlando Brown, Terronne Prescod, Christian Harris, or Micah Hyatt on this list.

Orlando Brown-UT
Terronne Prescod- 25 College Offers.

Todd u usually come with good material but this list looks like it was just thrown together.

swarmme

May 23rd, 2013
9:18 am

No Prescod
No Harris
No Brown
No Samuel

List is a joke!

Demons4life

May 23rd, 2013
4:42 pm

Jeremine Abrons, of Warner Robins should be on this list.

Todd Holcomb

May 23rd, 2013
9:05 pm

Not realistic to identify the best 10 ”high school” offensive lineman. I’ll concede that.

What I did with this list was to ignore recruiting rankings and offers for the most part and select guys who were pushed for all-state last season by coaches.

Let’s take the examples of Hyatt, Brown and Harris. Those are some really good Gwinnett County lineman who might wind up in the NFL but didn’t make the list. They’re all 6-6 or 6-7, I believe. I don’t question that anybody in the state would love to plug any and all three of those guys on their OL.

But last season, Gwinnett’s coaches voted on the best linemen in the county. Dennis Edwards of South Gwinnett and Kaleb King of Mill Creek were voted the two best underclassmen offensive lineman in the county – ahead of Hyatt, Brown and Harris.

Hyatt was second-team all-Gwinnett. Brown and Harris didn’t make honorable mention.

I’ll be honest here – I don’t look at film, and when I watch a game, I don’t study the OL. But if you’re going to make a list of the best ”high school” offensive lineman, what should matter most, the assessment of the high school coaches who watched film of these guys and voted after the ‘12 season, or Rivals.com?

Mceachern

May 24th, 2013
7:52 am

where is chuma Edogha name??!!!
he is the best offensive linemen in the state right now as a rising junior

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bulldognation

May 24th, 2013
12:41 pm

@ToddHolcomb how do you watch a football game and not watch the line. there is only 1 way to watch a game. From the inside out. the O Line will tell you where the ball is going, while if you watch skill positions you will be tricked many times especially if the team you are watching runs the option ie. SPX or Marist. Also I watched Brown in the corky kell classic and while peachtree ridge got killed he was a monster. I’ll admit it was the only time I watched him but he wasn’t even staying low or using his legs at all and was still mauling people. I was really impressed that a guy listed at over 6′ 8 moved that well he has excellent feet. If he can learn to stay low and yes that’s a big IF because of his height he will definitely play in the NFL.

Rossi

May 25th, 2013
9:17 am

You need to note the name Ben Cleveland. He is a 6-7 and 300-pound rising sophomore at Stephens County. He is already getting offers from major D-1 schools. Started every game as a freshman. If he stays healthy and focused, might well be the state’s no. 1 prospect by the time he is a senior.

OL Coach

May 26th, 2013
8:49 am

Great list, I’ve coached against some of the listed kids and not listed kids and have watched film on almost all of them the past two years, you got it right.

The only iffy would be to add in the McE kid, dominate, reminds me of a bigger Kublanow