Charles Fishbein’s top 15 offensive tackles in Florida in 2020

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Some of the best offensive tackles in the state of Florida are already off the table, making verbal commitments ahead of their senior seasons.

But there is a large group of uncommitted prospects who are available in the 2020 class. We take a look at the top 15 offensive tackles in Florida, using the ranking system below:

Ranking

10 (National Elite Recruit)

9-(Top ranked National Recruit)

8-(Top ranked regional Recruit)

7-(P5/FBS prospects)

6-(FBS-FCS)

1.   Marcus Dumervil – Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas (6-6, 300)

·         Ranking: (9) Marcus is a massive human being. He is next in line to become one of the elite lineman in the state of Florida. He has size and Dumervil can move well. He needs to get a little more physical and finish off plays. (Reported offers: Over 25 P5 offers)

2.     Isaiah Walker Jr – Miami Norland (6-4, 280)

·         Ranking: (8) Walker is a kid that has a chance to be very good. He is a good athlete for someone his size. He has a thin frame right now but with some time in a college weight program can really develop. (Reported offers: Committed to South Carolina)

3.     Jalen Rivers – Orange Park Oakleaf (6-5, 330)

·         Ranking: (8) Jalen is a big guy. He does not come off the ball as quickly as Dumervil and Lewis. He uses his size to beat up on smaller guys. We think he projects better as a guard in college. (Reported offers: Committed to Miami)

4.     Gerald Mincey – Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons (6-6, 320)

·         Ranking: (8) Mincey is a big man. He lacks great lateral quickness so we could see him playing inside at guard. He could play right tackle but quickness at defensive end could give him some problems. (Reported Offers: Committed to Florida)

5.     Joshua Braun – Live Oak Suwannee (6-6, 300)

·         Ranking: (8) Braun comes off the ball very well. He also gets low in his stance. You will see him fire off the ball and hit his first guy and can block a second man. He is light on his feet. You can see him ending up at either tackle spot or even guard in college. He is versatile enough to play anywhere on the line. (Reported offers: Committed to Georgia)

6.     Zane Herring – Madison County (6-5, 300)

·         Ranking: (8) Watched him play in the state title game. He is a big, ol country kid. He has the body to put on another 30 pounds and not look it. He has good technique. We would like to see him get a little stronger in his base. He does not always finish plays. (Reported offers: Committed to FSU) 

7.     Richard Leonard – Cocoa (6-4, 290)

·         Ranking: (8) Here is a kid that is only going to get better. If he were 6-6, you would be looking at a nationally rated recruit. He should be one of the premier lineman in Florida. (Reported Offers: More than 25 offers, including FSU)  

8.     Thomas Schrader – Venice (6-5, 265)

·         Ranking: (8) Schrader is listed at 265 but he looks like he weighs less than 250 pounds. He looks like he needs to add some weight and get into a strength program. He has good technique and has decent footwork. He looks like a lineman that could end up a very good center down the road. (Reported Offers: FSU, Coastal Carolina, Duke, FIU, Iowa State, UK, Monroe, Minnesota, Old Dominion, Troy State, USF, WKU)

9.     Evan Webster – Hardee (6-4, 300)

·         Ranking: (8) Turn on his film and he is nasty. He comes off the ball with bad intentions. He is one of the more impressive looking prospects on film we have watched. We like that he has the versatility to play tackle or guard. His strength is run blocking. (Reported Offers: FSU, South Alabama, UAB, Southern Miss, UCF, UVA, WKU)

10.  Michael Rankins – Ruskin Lennard (6-5, 290)  

·         Ranking: (8) With most high school lineman they have a tendency to lean or lunge at a defensive lineman. He needs to learn to extend his arms and use his length. He is a kid that has a chance to be pretty good if his technique is fixed. (Reported offers: Miami, FSU, Georgia Tech, Minnesota, Pitt, Wake, Louisville, Coastal Carolina, UCF) 

11. Kobe Baynes – Jacksonville Sandalwood (6-4, 300)

·         Ranking: (8) Baynes plays tackle but we could see him being more suited to playing inside at guard in college. He lacks the ideal size and length to play on the outside. We do like that Baynes can play physical. He can come off the ball and just manhandle his guy. He is a good straight-line blocker. (Reported Offers: Virginia Tech, App State, BC, Duke, Cincinnati, FIU, Illinois, Louisville, FSU, Ole Miss, UCF, USF, Utah and Wake)

12. Marlon Martinez Fort Lauderdale – St. Thomas Aquinas (6-5, 290)

·         Ranking: (8) Marlon is next in line. Along with Dumervil, he should be one of the best in Florida. He comes off the ball well and has good leg drive. We would like to see him play with more consistency on a week-to-week basis. (Reported offers: Committed to LSU)

13. Miller Merriweather-Lewis – Ocala Trinity Catholic (6-4, 300) 

·         Ranking: (8) Lewis is another wide-bodied lineman. What we like is for a big guy is how low in his stance Miller gets. He has good knee bend. He is a guy that can move laterally. We would like to see him continue to work on his lower body strength. He needs to get better at driving his guy off the ball. His strength is run blocking. (Reported offers: Over 20 P5 offers)

14.  Connor McClaughlin – Tampa Jesuit (6-6, 240)

·         Ranking: (8) Connor has size and is athletic. He only weighs 240 pounds. We feel with his frame he can easily get to 300 pounds. He will need to redshirt. He will probably play his senior season over 260 pounds. He does need to add strength. He has the length to really cause defensive lineman fits. (Reported Offers: Stanford, Northwestern, Miami, Iowa, Army, BC, Illinois, Indiana, Louisville, Syracuse, USF, Vandy, UVA, Yale, UCF)

15. Bradley Ashmore – Neptune Beach Fletcher (6-6, 280)

·         Ranking: (8) Ashmore is going to end up an Academic All-American. He does a good job of keeping his feet moving and driving his guy off the ball. He uses his hands well and plays with good leverage. (Reported Offers: Committed to Vanderbilt)

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