Nationally, it is a very good year for offensive tackles. Three are ranked among the top 10 players in the nation, a rarity. The No. 1 player in the nation a year ago, USC-bound Seantrel Henderson of St. Paul, Minn., was an offensive tackle. And there is even more depth at the position for the 2010 season.
The top three are 6-7, 290-pound Cyrus Kouandijo of DeMatha in Hyattsville, Md., 6-7, 290-pound Brandon Shell of Goose Creek, S.C., and 6-5, 285-pound La'El Collins of Baton Rouge, La. They rank 3-6-7 on my top 100 list.
Kouandijo likely will follow his brother to Alabama. Shell is a cousin of NFL Hall of Famer Art Shell. I watched him play basketball in February and he is a great athlete for a big guy. Collins, who looks like an NFL player, is committed to LSU.
Spencer Region, a 6-6, 345-pounder from Kullman, Ala., de-committed from Auburn and likely will enroll at Alabama.
Christian Westerman of Chandler, Ariz., the No. 22 player in the nation, is committed to Texas. The 6-5, 293-pounder bench-presses over 400 pounds.
Brey Cook, a 6-7, 305-pounder from Springdale, Ark., the No. 28 player in the nation, likely will choose Oklahoma, Oklahoma State or Arkansas. Notre Dame is in the mix.
Brendon Austin, a 6-6, 270-pounder from Parker, Colo., is the top-rated player in Colorado. He is committed to Stanford.
Jordan Prestwood, a 6-6, 270-pounder from Plant City, Fla., is the No. 1 tackle in Florida. Very athletic, he caught 25 passes as a tight end last season but will be an offensive tackle in college. He is committed to Notre Dame.
The No. 1 player in Indiana is 6-5, 275-pound Kairo Holtz of Warren Central in Indianapolis.
Texas also has a commitment from 6-7, 285-pound Garrett Greenlea of Spring, Texas, the No. 1 offensive lineman in his state.
Other offensive tackles to watch are 6-7, 265-pound Patrick Flavin of Benet in Lisle, Ill., 6-7, 280-pound Jay Whitmire of Alexandria, Va., 6-6, 300-pound Antonio Richardson of Nashville, Tenn., 6-5, 340-pound Aundrey Walker of Glenville in Cleveland, Ohio, 6-6, 300-pound Greg Robinson of Thibodeaux, La., 6-6, 300-pound Jordan Phillips of Towanda, Kan., 6-7, 320-pound Watts Dantzler of Dalton, Ga., and Trip Thurman of Dover, Delaware.
Richardson was recommended by country singer Tim McGraw. Walker likely will choose Ohio State. Robinson is expected to pick LSU. Phillips, a three-sport star, is the No. 2 prospect in Kansas. Dantzler figures to commit to Georgia.