As the 2009 prep football season approaches, the Times will break down each position in the county. Today we take a look at offensive linemen.
Top returning guards, centers
1. Tyler Moore, Countryside: A converted tight end, Moore has quickly established himself as the county's top tackle. By Sept. 1, the incoming junior is expected to have offers from Florida, Nebraska and Ohio State, among others. Cougars coach John Davis said Moore could become one of the top five offensive tackles in the country by next year.
2. Mark Hansson, Palm Harbor University: After spot duty last season, Hansson takes over a full-time role at tackle. The rising senior, who has offers from Colorado State and FIU, will be counted on to anchor a young line for the Hurricanes.
3. Aram Wynn, Lakewood: The 6-foot-5 tackle is one of the Spartans' most athletic linemen and has offers from Towson and Murray State.
4. Alex Rodriguez, Largo: A mauler in the run game, Rodriguez has worked hard this summer to increase his mobility, shedding 35 pounds to get to a playing weight of 335.
5. Tyler Pierson, Countryside: He provides a nice bookend to Moore to form the county's top tandem at tackle. Pierson also should be getting plenty of looks from colleges this fall.
6. Logan Williamson, East Lake: The younger brother of former Eagles standout Bobby Williamson, Logan is the type of run blocker the Eagles covet.
7. Clay Paino, Tarpon Springs: Though he is the Spongers' best returning lineman, Paino could see limited time on offense because he is just as valuable on the defensive line.
8. Alex Swatzell, Dixie Hollins: Though a bit undersized at 220, Swatzell is one of the best guards in the county and the leader of a Rebels line that returns four starters.
9. Tristen Rogers, Tarpon Springs: The Spongers' loaded backfield will look to run behind Rogers, who can create holes because of his size (6-2, 315).
10. Mike Barber, Clearwater: At 6-5, 270 pounds, Barber has the most size and will play a role in the Tornadoes' running game.
Top returning centers
1. Austin Jenquine, Largo: At 6-3, 230, Jenquine is one of the bigger centers in the county and is built for the run game.
2. Mike Wiszowaty, Countryside: The son of former Dixie Hollins coach Mark Wiszowaty, Mike is a versatile lineman who can also play guard.
3. George Koulianos, Tarpon Springs: A four-year starter, Koulianos has the most experience of any returning center in the county.
4. Matty Groc, East Lake: A steady player for the Eagles the past two years, Groc will be counted on as a leader on the line.
5. Kevin Secrest, Dixie Hollins: A three-year starter, Secrest can flatten defenders whenever the Rebels go to the ground game.
Top small school linemen
1. Scott Oliver, Keswick Christian: He returns after a knee injury sidelined him last season and is one of the most physically intimidating linemen at the small school level at 6-4, 285 pounds.
2. Chase Vaughn, Clearwater Central Catholic: The rising junior has become one of the most consistent linemen for the Marauders.
3. Alec Petrocelli, Clearwater Central Catholic: He has the best size among Marauder linemen at 6-3, 230 and keeps improving each year.
4. Austin Sheldon, Northside Christian: A mammoth lineman at 6-2, 305 pounds, Sheldon could turn into one of the county's best according to coach Andre Dobson.
5. Sean Harvey, Indian Rocks Christian: The 6-4, 255-pounder leads the team and gets the most looks from colleges.