Traditionally looks at top players begin with quarterbacks but this is not a traditional year in Colorado football recruiting in that multiple offensive linemen from the Centennial state are garnering national attention and loading up on BCS offers. Here is a look at some of 2012's top offensive linemen.
Paul Thurston 6-5 275 Arvada West
Thurston potentially is my favorite player in Colorado, the three year starter is smart, talented, and versatile and a wee bit nasty. I especially like his potential ability to play multiple spots on the offensive line. I'm not alone in my praise of Thurston as he has double digits offers from the likes of Michigan, Nebraska and Notre Dame.
Alex Kozan 6-4 295 Valor Christian
Wavering on my view of Kozan, I recently went back and looked at his tape which reminded me why multiple DIs want the services of this winner. Kozan, who knows how to play football, is used to winning and is surprisingly athletic for a big boy. Not flashy, the technically sound tackle gets blocks at the next level and is solid in pass pro. I expect him to be a college starter.
Shane Callahan 6-6 290 Chaparral
Giant framed tackle may have the most upside of this group. Once he works out some of the rougher edges of his game, watch out!
Joey O'Connor 6-5 285 Windsor
Motor madmen gets after it on the field. Currently a tackle, expect him to move inside at the college level.
Arthur Flores 6-6 295 Mullen
Massive OT has a frame that could add 30 pounds of weight easily. Maybe not as athletic as the above mentioned players, Flores is a scary beast when he gets his hands on a defender.
Austin Hendrickson 6-4 255 Arvada West
Thurston's line mate will come into his own this season and help anchor what will be a good offensive line. A three sport athlete, Hendrickson will gain DI level weight once he gets in a college weight program. Look for a move to center at the next level.
Isaiah Claypool 6-7 340 Montbello
Huge but raw OT will get better with practice, a couple of years at a JC and he could be an intriguing DI prospect.
Others to Watch:
Dylan Baker 6-1 240 Columbine
Matt Boselli 6-1 265 Regis
Michael Cruciotti 6-1 255 Regis,
Noah Debban 6-6 230 Heritage
Alex Huskey 6-2 250 Grandview
Dylan Johnson 6-0 200 Grand Junction Central
Steven Manning 6-0 200 Conifer
Hammer Morton, Bear Creek,
Cody Nitzel, Bear Creek,
Elijah Ruff George Washington 6-3 255
If there is a player we missed, shoot us an e-mail at ColoradoInsider@msn.com