This isn't the most talented crop of guards and centers produced in recent years. Only two of them are ranked among the top 100 in the nation--and they aren't ranked very highly, either. But they show promise and the best of them are being recruited by the elite college programs. So maybe they are better than we think they are.
1. Matt Hegarty of Aztec, New Mexico, is a 6-4, 265-pounder who is committed to Notre Dame. He ranks as the No. 56 player in the nation. He plays offensive tackle in high school but projects to guard in college, a position that Notre Dame desperately needs to bolster. He has great feet. He is a two-time All-Stater.
2. Michael Bennett of Centerville, Ohio, is a 6-3, 275-pounder who is the No. 92 player in the nation. He is committed to Ohio State and is a very good athlete. He will play guard at Ohio State.
3. Tommy Olson of Mahtomedi, Minn., is a 6-4, 285-pounder who is the top-rated player in Minnesota. He is a two-time All-Stater who is committed to Minnesota. He has great strength and great technique and is rarely caught out of position. Will he de-commit from Minnesota in the wake of coach Tim Brewster's firing? Probably not. His older brother is in the program.
4. Andre Yruretagoyena of Scottsdale, Ariz., is a 6-5, 270-pounder who has emerged as the leading prospect in what is an outstanding year for offensive linemen in Arizona. He is very athletic and quick. He has great potential. He is committed to Oregon.
5. Cyrus Hobbi of Scottsdale, Ariz., is a 6-4, 285-pounder who ranks with Texas-bound tackle Christian Westerman and Yruretagoyena as the three best linemen in Arizona. Hobbi is a powerhouse, strong, aggressive, nasty and mean. Uncommitted, he is considering Arizona, Arizona State, USC, UCLA, Washington, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Michigan, California, Arkansas and Alabama.
6. Sedrick Flowers of Galena Park, Texas, is a 6-3, 280-pounder who is committed to Texas. He is very athletic, has great feet and will play guard in college.
7. Ryan Klachko of Springfield, Ill., Sacred Heart-Griffin is a 6-4, 290-pounder who is committed to Nebraska. He is the No. 1 offensive lineman in Illinois, mean and aggressive and tough, a dominating performer.
8. Donovan Smith of Owings Mills, Maryland, is a 6-5, 270-pounder who is the No. 1 offensive lineman in the Baltimore area. He has been forced to take a back seat to top-rated tackle Cyrus Kouandjio of Hyattsville, Maryland, but he has made a reputation for himself. He didn't allow a sack last year. Uncommitted, he is considering Penn State, Rutgers, Clemson, West Virginia, Maryland, Michigan State, Illinois, Duke, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Virginia Tech, UCLA and Syracuse.
9. Corey White of Baton Rouge, La., is a 6-4, 300-pounder who committed to LSU. A tackle in high school, he will move to guard in college. He is powerful and a gifted athlete.
10. Angelo Mangiro of Succasunna, New Jersey, is a 6-3, 295-pounder who is one of the top five prospects in talent-rich New Jersey. He is a two-way player who plays tackle in high school but will play guard in college. Uncommitted, he is considering Florida, UCLA, USC, Pittsburgh, Boston College, Maryland, North Carolina State, North Carolina, Virginia, Stanford and Rutgers.