As the 2010 prep football season approaches, the St. Petersburg Times will break down each position in the county. Today we take a look at offensive linemen.
1. Tyler Moore, Countryside: Considered one of the top offensive linemen in the country, Moore had a stellar junior season, paving the way for Alton Taylor rush for a school-record 1,900-plus yards and a county-record 32 touchdowns. In the playoffs, Moore kept all-world Plant linebacker James Wilder Jr. in check when the two matched up in the first half of the Class 5A region finals. This summer, Moore, a Nebraska commit, has been a fixture in the weight room and appears even bigger and stronger.
2. Taylon Culbreth, St. Petersburg: A mauler in the trenches, Culbreth is at his best in the running game, which is the bread and butter of the Green Devils’ offensive attack. He also is the leader on an offensive line that returns four starters.
3. Tyler Pierson, Countryside: Pierson pairs with Moore to form the best bookends in the county. After a strong junior season, Pierson got plenty of attention from colleges and showcased his skills at camps this summer.
4. Zach DeBell, Tarpon Springs: Blessed with great size (6-7, 260) and football bloodlines (his uncle played in the NFL), DeBell has all the intangibles to be a dominant lineman. The Georgia recruit now has to put it together on the field as a full-time starter on the line.
5. Tyler Sweetland, St. Petersburg: There’s not much difference between Sweetland and Culbreth, who are both excellent in clearing running lanes. They will be the personal escorts of Rashad Lewis this fall.
6. Logan Williamson, East Lake: The younger brother of former Eagles standout Bobby Williamson has drawn praise from his coaches and college recruiters, who project him as Division I-A prospect.
7. Kameron Romaelle, Tarpon Springs: One of the top graders on the Spongers’ line last season, Romaelle is one of the veterans on an O-line that lost a few starters to graduation.
8. Jared Stippert, Palm Harbor University: Coach Mark Haye raves about the work ethic of Stippert, a center who is adept at both run and pass blocking.
9. Jared Willett, Osceola: A starter for three seasons, Willett has become the reliable blocker in the Warriors’ wing-T attack.
10. Bryce Newton, Dunedin: A force at the line of scrimmage, Newton can eat defenders up in the run game.
Top small school linemen
1. Chase Vaughn, Clearwater Central Catholic: One of three seniors on the line, Vaughn has the experience to lead coach John Davis’ balanced attack.
2. Micah Madir, Canterbury: At 6-3, 295 pounds, Madir is one of the biggest linemen at any level and a key contributor in the run game.
3. Patrick Tomlin, Northside Christian: The junior is the only returning starter on the Mustangs’ revamped offensive line.
4. Cory Van Arnum, Admiral Farragut: The lone senior on the Blue Jackets’ line, Van Arnum is a good blocker and has a good shot at a Naval Academy appointment.
Keep an eye on
1. Nathan Letzring and Henrik Bang, St. Petersburg: The other returning linemen for the Green Devils give them the best returning unit in the county.
2. Mike Sloat, East Lake: Eagles have a knack for churning out solid linemen and Sloat is among the best.
3. Sean McGee, Clearwater: One of the Tornadoes’ most dependable linemen, McGee will be counted on to keep quarterback Ryan Hagen in one piece.
4. Billy Davis, Northeast: Quick and powerful, Davis is built for the Vikings’ run-oriented offense.
5. Dylan Chawla, Boca Ciega: The three-year starter teams with Jon Moore and Brandon Dillard on what is becoming a solid unit.
6. Javon Pringley, Gibbs: Able to move the pile, the senior, along with teammate Julian Sanderlin, finally gives the Gladiators some linemen to brag about.
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