March 11th, 2014 10:30 AM║ Posted By: Josh Ward ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Alabama, Crimson Tide, Jake Matthews, SEC
That’s made the tackle position a critical one in recruiting for SEC coaches. Players like Luke Joeckel, Cyrus Kouandjio and Greg Robinson have played key roles in teams’ SEC success in recent years.
Here are the top five offensive tackle signees in the SEC in the 2014 class
1. Cam Robinson – Alabama
Robinson might be the top overall prospect in the country considering he plays such an important position. He looked dominant at times at The Opening in Beaverton, Ore., last summer. Robinson (6-6, 325) enrolled early at Alabama and will have a chance to play immediately this fall. He should become the next great tackle for the Crimson Tide.
2. Brian Wallace – Arkansas
It was a huge get for Arkansas when it went to St. Louis and landed Wallace, who’s ranked the top prospect in the state of Missouri by Rivals. Arkansas is hopeful Wallace (6-6, 305) will be able to help right away, possibly at right tackle this fall. He has “nothing but upside in front of him,” Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said on signing day.
3. Avery Gennesy – Texas A&M
Gennesy arrives at Texas A&M at a good time. The Aggies have to replace left tackle Jake Matthews, who’s expected to be selected early in the NFL draft. Gennesy (6-5, 310) should team up with Cedric Ogbuehi to form a nice tackle duo on Texas A&M’s offensive line.
4. Coleman Thomas – Tennessee
Thomas is learning the offensive tackle position at Tennessee after playing center in high school. The good news is Thomas (6-6, 311) enrolled early at Tennessee, which should help him be more comfortable by fall camp. The Vols have to replace all five starting offensive linemen. That will give Thomas a chance to see the field this fall.
5. Dominick Jackson – Alabama
Jackson was signed by Alabama coach Nick Saban to help the Crimson Tide immediately. Jackson (6-7, 304) has experience playing tackle and guard, which will give him a greater opportunity to help this fall. It also will give Saban options as he tries to settle on five starting offensive linemen.
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