Nation's best guards, centers

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Many of the top prospects at the guard and center positions are high school tackles who will be converted in college. Players such as Glenbard West's 6-3, 280-pound Jordan Walsh, the No. 2 offensive lineman in Illinois, who might be better than former Glenbard West star Chris Watt, now a starter at Notre Dame.

Notre Dame has commitments from 6-5, 300-pound Conor Hanratty, the son of former Notre Dame quarterback Terry Hanratty and the No. 1 player in Connecticut, and 6-5, 265-pound Matt Hegerty of Aztec, New Mexico, the No. 55 player in the nation who was the best offensive lineman at the San Antonio combine in January.

Nebraska has commitments from 6-4, 290-pound Ryan Klachko of Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin, the No. 1 offensive lineman in Illinois, and 6-4, 280-pound Ryne Reeves of Crete, Neb., the No. 1 player in Nebraska and the best center west of the Mississippi River.

LSU, which has accumulated the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation to date, has a commitment from 6-4, 315-pound Corey White of Baton Rouge, La.

Florida State has a pledge from 6-5, 290-pound center Trey Pettis of Deland, Fla., the No. 1 center in Florida.

But the best center in the country is 6-4, 290-pound Tom Olson of Mahtomedi, Minn., the No. 1 player in Minnesota who has committed to Minnesota. Big and aggressive and dominating, he is a good catch for Gopher coach Tim Brewster.

Texas, which also is putting together another star-studded class, has a commitment from 6-3, 280-pound Sedrick Flowers of Galena Park, Texas, the best interior lineman in Texas.

The best lineman in Ohio, 6-3, 275-pound Michael Bennett of Centerville, is committed to Ohio State.

Other offensive linemen to watch are 6-4, 300-pound Angelo Mangiorof Succasunna, N.J., one of the top three players in New Jersey; 6-5, 290-pound Donovan Smith of Owings Mills, Md., one of the top five players in Maryland; 6-4, 275-pound Cyrus Hobbi of Scottsdale, Ariz.; 6-4, 280-pound Matt Kiefer of Alpharetta, Ga., the top-rated guard in Georgia; and 6-5, 300-pound Paulay Asiata of Honolulu, the No. 1 player in Hawaii.

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