More than any other position at the high school level, it's the offensive linemen that seem to come out of nowhere onto the recruiting radar.
We saw it last year with Philips Andover's Bobby Vardaro, who wasn't discovered until the spring of 2009, when he dominated on somebody else's highlight film and a month later committed to Boston College. Even better, Boston College High's Andrew Tallman played just two varsity games in the 2008 season, his junior year, but ended up verbally committing to the University of Miami last summer after displaying remarkable athleticism at a series of camps.
Could Dartmouth High's Andrew Kestenbaum be next? The 6 foot 4, 300-pound senior didn't start on the varsity until last season. But he has a tool you can't teach -- size -- and comes from a respectable program that's put two players in BCS schools in the last three seasons (UConn running back Jordan Todman, and Georgia tight end Arthur Lynch). Also working to his advantage is his ability as a long snapper.
"No offers yet, but they'll come," Kestenbaum told correspondent Roger Brown. "I think in a lot of cases it's just a matter of seeing my senior tape. The [college] coaches say I have good athleticism. BC said I have to work on my footwork, my foot speed.
"New Hampshire, Rhode Island, UMass and Penn State are the schools that have shown the most interest. Mostly letters, emails -- that kind of stuff. Honestly, I like all the schools that I've been to."
Brown has more on Kestenbaum in his blog today.