High schools: Super 30 loaded with big linemen

Most football fans understand that linemen are the building blocks of a good offense, and that's why there are a couple of specific days when linemen get their due respect: Signing Day and Draft Day.
by Scott Wright Published: February 9, 2014
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photo - HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Casady football player Josh Wariboko-Alali poses for a photo at Casady High School in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 15, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Casady football player Josh Wariboko-Alali poses for a photo at Casady High School in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 15, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

There's not a lot of glory in being an offensive lineman.

Miss a block, and everyone notices you. Make a perfect block, and everyone notices the guy running for a touchdown.

But most football fans understand that linemen are the building blocks of a good offense, and that's why there are a couple of specific days when linemen get their due respect: Signing Day and Draft Day.

A year from now, when Signing Day 2015 arrives, offensive linemen all across the state will be celebrated as their college's next big thing — with emphasis on big.

It's not that the state just has a lot of good offensive linemen. It has a lot of good, and HUGE, offensive linemen.

Six such linemen appear on The Oklahoman's first edition of the Super 30 recruit rankings for the 2015 class, including the top two on the list.

Lawton's Jalin Barnett, a mauler at 6-foot-4, 310 pounds, heads the class. He's regarded as a top-10 recruit in the nation by some national scouting services.

An Oklahoman All-State selection after his junior season in which Lawton went 11-1, Barnett's offer list is almost as big as his shoe size — 18 — and he is fielding offers from all over the country, Alabama, Auburn and Stanford among them.

Of course, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have been in on Barnett since he emerged as a sophomore, and he admitted that he came close to committing to the Sooners during a recent visit.

Barnett is the ideal combination of size, agility, strength and speed.

“He's obviously a real big kid, a very, very intelligent kid,” Lawton coach Randy Breeze said. “When people see him they think, ‘Well, he's probably pretty good going straight ahead and blocking the defensive tackle.' But one of the things he does best is we run the counter and we pull him back to the other side of the center and send him up on a linebacker.


by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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