Recruiting: Down year for California offensive linemen

September, 29, 2010
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Editor's note: In his ongoing series on West Coast prep football prospects, recruiting expert Greg Biggins takes a look at offensive linemen:

It’s an overall strong year for offensive line talent out West but another down year in the Golden State. In fact, for the first time in probably over a decade if not longer, there’s not a single player from California among the top five offensive linemen in the state and only three in the top 10.

Christian Westerman is not only the top lineman in the region this year, he might have been the top OL in the West a year ago as a junior. He’s really one of the few players you can look at and say he’s without a discernible weakness.

Westerman has a prototype frame and the athleticism and strength to play guard or tackle in college. He’s very tough and physical and plays with a mean streak. He has great technique and a non-stop motor to go with his physical talent. Westerman was considered a big USC lean and surprised some when he committed to Texas last summer.

Andre Yruretagoyena might be the most athletic lineman in this group. His ability to get to the second level and make blocks on a linebacker or safety is as good as you’ll see anywhere in the country. Yruretagoyena has long arms and a lean frame and once he fills out his sizeable frame, projects as a prototype left tackle prospect.

Cyrus Hobbi rounds out the incredible trio of offensive lineman from Arizona. Hobbi is a physical road grader with the size and toughness to play early in college. He’s a true enforcer type lineman you love to play with but hate to play against. Hobbi is more than just an enforcer type however, he’s a highly skilled lineman who has been well coached and understands how to play his position.

Ryker Mathews wowed onlookers at the NIKE Camp at Brigham Young and is among the most under-rated recruits in the nation. He’s a huge kid with strength and toughness and a very good athlete as well. At the NIKE Combine in Salt Lake City the day before the NIKE Camp, Mathews clocked a very impressive 5.03-40 and jumped 27 inches in the vertical.

Matt Hegarty had his coming out party at the Army All-American combine last spring and his stock soared. He’s a natural tackle prospect who is light on his feet with long arms and excellent lateral mobility. He’ll need a couple of years to improve his size and strength but his upside is off the charts.

The Top 10:

1. Christian Westerman, 6-5, 275, Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton -- Texas
One of the best lineman the state has ever produced.

2. Andre Yruretagoyena, 6-4, 260, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral -- Oregon
Highlight film is one pancake block after another.

3. Cyrus Hobbi, 6-4, 285, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro
Plays angry and is as nasty as they come.

4. Ryker Mathews, 6-5, 295, American Fork (Utah) -- Brigham Young
Will be a dominant player for the Cougars early in his career.

5. Matt Hegarty, 6-4, 260, Aztec (N.M.) -- Notre Dame
Among the most athletic lineman in the nation.

6. Jordan Rigsbee, 6-4, 285, Chico (Calif.) Pleasant Valley -- California
Had a great showing at the NorCal NIKE Camp.

7. Isaac Asiata, 6-3, 300, Spanish Fork (Utah) -- Utah
Tough and physical and can really deliver a blow.

8. Isaac Luatua, 6-2, 290, La Mirada (Calif.) -- Alabama
Punishing guard prospect, could move to center for the Tide.

9. Ma'ataua Brown, 6-5, 295, Paramount (Calif.) -- Washington
Versatile lineman who could end up on the defensive line.

10. Paulay Asiata, 6-5, 295, Honolulu (Hawaii) St. Louis
Top overall recruit from the Islands this year.

The Next 15:

11. Marcus Martin, 6-3, 350, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw -- USC
12. Brent Walker, 6-5, 310, Norco (Calif.)
13. Siaosi Aiono, 6-3, 290, Covina (Calif.) South Hills -- Utah
14. Torian White, 6-6, 270, Lakewood (Calif.) -- UCLA
15. Ryan Nowicki, 6-5, 280, Glendale (Ariz.) Cactus
16. Dontae Levingston, 6-3, 285, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne
17. Ben Wysocki, 6-4, 280, Los Alamitos (Calif.) -- UCLA
18. Akeem Gonzales, 6-3, 250, Mission Hills (Calif.) Alemany
19. Tyler Johnstone, 6-5, 250, Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton -- Oregon
20. Dexter Charles, 6-4, 290, Stanwood (Wash.) -- Washington
21. Daniel Kristensen, 6-5, 265, Salt Lake City (Utah) Cottonwood -- Utah
22. Jamal Prater, 6-5, 295, Etiwanda (Calif.) -- Oregon
23. Bryan Peters, 6-4, 305, La Mirada (Calif.) -- Kansas
24. Faitele Faafoi, 6-4, 300, Tustin (Calif.)
25. Alex Mitchell, 6-2, 310, Portland (Ore.) Jefferson

Previous posts:
Tight ends
Wide receivers
Running backs
Quarterbacks

Greg Biggins is an occasional contributor to the ESPNLosAngeles.com Preps Blog. For more recruiting news, check out his Insider blog on West Coast recruiting.

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