Of all positions, the most debated of the Top 102 has been offensive line. It’s no secret, the five positions along the OL are, often times, five of the toughest to evaluate, project, and get right amongst younger prospects. It has been said that it takes thousands of reps to get it right. Most big guys don’t really start training and working on their craft until the darken the doors of their respective high schools. On top of the training, most recruiters at the P5 level have a size requirement that might take all 18 years for a lineman to reach before truly becoming recruitable.
That said, it is a very, very big world. As we continue to evaluate prospects for the upcoming expansion of the 2026 class, we wanted to drop a few names. These names have all met the height requirement, most are in the weight range of where the P5 world play, and some have moved pretty far along the development side. Ryley Kester, for example, really looked good in Naples as he was selected a FBU/Adidas All American. The same goes for Ivan Pena who is a legit 6’5”, not just Twitter bio 6’5”. Tony Cumberland already holds four offers including Oregon, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Arizona State…and we still can’t even peg which side of the ball he’ll ultimately play.
Simply put, these guys have the size, can play and well on their way to becoming household names. Don’t be surprised to see a few more of these come April.
Ekene Ogboko, 6’6” 275lbs, Riverside (NC)
Micah Smith, 6’6” 285lbs, Fort Pierce John Carroll Catholic (FL)
Ivan Pena, 6’5” 285lbs, Bishop Gorman (NV)
Samuel Utu, 6’5” 295lbs, Orange Lutheran (CA)
Ryley Kester, 6’4” 275lbs, Charles Page (OK)
Benjamin Eziuka, 6’3” 285lbs, Detroit Catholic Central (MI)
Camden Goforth, 6’4” 260lbs, McMinn County (TN)