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By Eduardo A. Encina and Joey Knight
As the 2009 prep football season approaches, the St. Petersburg Times will break down each position in the county. Today we take a look at offensive linemen.
Top guards, tackles
1. Jordan Prestwood, Plant City: A converted tight end and Notre Dame commitment, Prestwood has grown to 6-6, 270 pounds, resulting in a move to tackle, where he’ll play in college.
2. Tony Posada, Plant: Posada (6-5, 320), who has developed a nasty streak that should only benefit him, is expected to choose from the likes of Michigan, Missouri, Texas Tech and USF next week.
3. Cody Waldrop, Armwood: It’s a tad early to gauge the potential of this 300-pound rising junior guard, whose girth is ideally suited to open holes in the interior. But for now, he’s Armwood’s best lineman, which is saying something.
4. Andre Gunn, Hillsborough: If the Terriers’ power running game is to prevail, it will need a big year from this 290-pound guard, who is coming off ACL surgery.
5. Kevin Reeves, Jefferson: With imposing classmate Manny Cromuel, Reeves will form one of Hillsborough County’s top guard tandems.
6. Mike York, Plant City: The presence of Prestwood often overshadows this 330-pound interior behemoth.
1. Robert Asphell, Leto: With a tad more footwork, this guy can go places. Asphell (6-2, 270) and 300-pound tackle Cody Sharp give the Falcons the up-front size they’ve typically lacked.
2. Robbie Amor, Jesuit: The Tigers’ top overall lineman, Amor (6-0, 250) started every game last season and will call the shots up front.
Keep an eye on
1. Richie Reay, Robinson: A rangy (6-5, 250) rising senior, Reay has never really played before, but he showed enough to an FAU scout at a spring practice to warrant a scholarship offer on the spot.
2. Daryan Barnes, Spoto: A 300-pound Brandon transfer, Barnes wowed Spartan coaches in the spring.
3. Arturo Uzdavinis, Jesuit: A Tigers basketball player, Uzdavinis (6-7, 275) never played football before last spring. His participation in a series of summer camps shows he’s serious about his new sport. “Basically every (college coach) that’s seen him wants to see more of him,” Tigers offensive line coach Brian McNulty said.
Three small-school linemen to watch
1. Mak Djulbegovic, Carrollwood Day: “Big Mak,” a lean (6-6, 238) left tackle, has drawn the interest of the The Citadel, USF and even Stanford. With a few more calories, and Jon Gruden coaching him, “Big Mak” could evolve into a beast.
2. Jarrod Smith, Carrollwood Day: Though only a sophomore, Smith, a center, already has 26 starts including bowl games and preseason classics.
3. Chase Carmichael, Berkeley Prep: A small-college prospect, Carmichael (6-1, 255), a tackle, is the cornerstone of what should be a decent Bucs line.
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