With our attention firmly on the class of 2011 here is a look at the offensive linemen from around the state. Over the past few seasons Colorado has become fertile ground for potential college offensive linemen and this year looks to be no different.
Brendon Austin 6-6 270 Chaparral High School
Currently holding double digit DI offers Austin is the hottest prospect in Colorado and deservedly so. With good size and solid strength the Chaparral left tackle looks athletic and ready to play on the left side for the college of his choice. Along with his prowess on the field Austin is a strong student who has gained Academic All-State honors multiple times.
Justin Hansen 6-4 265 Longmont High School
This rugged 4A player may be the top two way lineman in Colorado equally solid playing on the offensive and defensive line. A strong run blocker, Hansen was a huge part of a Longmont squad that made the 4A state final.
Marc Mustoe 6-7 270 Arvada West High School
Mustoe may be the fastest riser of the Colorado lineman cadre. At 6-7 Mustoe has a long frame and looks like he could be huge at the next level. For his size Mustoe is surprisingly athletic.
Mike Noller 6-4 265 Fort Collins High School
As a junior, Noller was 1st Team in the Front Range League. With Noller anchoring the line and an experienced set of skill players Fort Collins should have another good season.
John Jones 6-2 255 Thomas Jefferson High School
Jones is a three year starter who has played all the positions on the offensive line. Last year John played guard but he has the quickness, size, and intelligence to play anywhere. Line play comes natural for Jones, his father played in the NFL on the line for the Broncos and Cowboys.
Nik Karas 6-3 250 Chaparral High School
This center joins with top recruit Brendon Austin as well as 2012 product Shane Callahan to form a very good offensive front for Chaparral.
Sean Palinckx 6-7 285 Ponderosa High School
This kid is a refrigerator with arms and he is only getting bigger. He is not a left tackle and may not be the most nimble offensive lineman, but watch out when he gets his hands on you.
Justin Godfrey 6-2 240 Erie High School
This 2A player has established himself as one of the top small ball linemen in Colorado over the past two seasons.
Michael Mancinelli Mullen High School 6-3 280
Big Mullen lineman has great skill people to block for this upcoming season.
Conor McKenna Mullen High School 6-3 265
McKenna along with Mancinelli will need to step up their game with the departure of Mullen line leader Dwayne Pecosky.
Taylor Suta 6-0 220 Heritage High School
Honorable Mention All-League center will be a key for the continued success of the defending 4A champs.
Logan Rutt 6-4 210 Cherokee Trail High School
This thin OT was selected 2nd team all league as a junior.
Julian Flores 6-2 240 Overland High School
Was 2nd Team All-League as a junior in the tough Centennial League.