What are the Best Offensive Lineman Prospects in the ESPN & Scout Recruiting Doing Better Than Me?

November 19, 2011
by Justin

In college football, defense wins championships, but a great offense is the engine that will get you to the top. Less than 1% of all college football athletes grace the top tier ESPN and Scout Recruiting list, that’s why ScoutMe is such a great resource to get you to the next level. For the offensive lineman out there who aren’t getting the notoriety you deserve from ESPN an Scout Recruiting, ScoutMe’s got you covered.

Welcome back to Gridiron Grit, your one-stop shop for next-level, college football training, tips and techniques, provided to you by ScoutMe. In volume one we explored weight training, while in two we focused on gaining weight without compromising your lean muscle mass. The third installment of volume three of the Gridiron Grit series was specifically dedicated to the defensive side of college football, which included the defensive backs, linebackers and an area I hold near and dear to my heart, the defensive line. This week is all about the side of college football I once considered my enemy, the offense, specifically the offensive line. This year’s crop of future college football offensive linemen is highly touted according to the ESPN and Scout Recruiting college football rankings. Outside of size and publicity, these three lineman have skills, skills that can be learned and perfected by YOU!!! Here’s a breakdown of top three ESPN and Scout Recruiting offensive lineman, and what you can do to take your skill to the college football level.

John Theus

Theus is the fourth ranked football player in the country according to Scout Recruiting and is apart of the ESPN 150. He’s committed to a college football powerhouse, Georgia and is 6’6” 290 lbs. His specialty is run blocking, and most college football coaches like the way he gets to the second level. Scout and ESPN recruiting also mentioned that he will be joining his brother, who was a Georgia commit in 2011. Here is a video of the future college football star. One thing I noticed as a former D-lineman is that Theus has great extension and hip explosion through his blocks. This is a skill that you will need in the college football realm, and all you need to drill this skill is a medicine ball and access to a sled. Here is retired NFL veteran and former college football star, Lecharles Bentley, showing you how to develop proper extension and hip explosion.

Andrus Peat

Peat is another top ESPN and Scout Recruiting offensive lineman. He actually goes to school with my little brother at Corona Del Sol in Tempe, Arizona. Peat’s older brother is playing college football for Nebraska, but Andrus still has his options open. Peat’s size naturally transcends to the major college football level, but his athleticism is what has ESPN and Scout Recruiting drooling over him. Here is his highlight tape against one of my former rivals, Highland High School. Peat’s strength is actually not his power but his technique. If you watch the film, you’ll notice that he has great hands and feet harmony, especially in pass protection. Pass protection is the skill that will not only get you to the college football level, but to the NFL. Here’s Lecharles once more with a great video showcase on hand and feet harmony.

Arik Armstead

Armstead is the nation’s top offensive lineman in both the ESPN and Scout Recruiting Rankings.            Armstead has the size and the speed to devastate any D-lineman, but like the players I just highlighted, he has college football/NFL, level skill. The best part of his game is his powerful punch; just look at his highlight tape and you’ll see what I mean. He also has great feet, which he attributes to his first sport of choice basketball. Here is his basketball highlight film that shows where he’s able to get such graceful feet. If you want to improve your punch power, I have another perfect drill video for you from Lecharles Bentley.

Follow these drills and you will have the skill to be a college football level offensive lineman. I never was ranked in ESPN or Scout Recruiting, but I still got a scholarship because of my skill. Use these resources and you’ll be playing college football is you so desire. Until the next time, this is Gridiron Grit, and this is Yorick Hempstead signing off.





Yorick Hempstead is an ex-college athlete who is a sports blogger for ScoutMe. He is always talking sports on twitter @HempsteadHuddle.

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