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Offensive lineman have chance to shine this spring


Special to the Miami Herald

As spring football approaches, there is plenty of enthusiasm from players and coaches. This expected to be the busiest recruiting season in recent memory.

As colleges from across the country will converge on South Florida for the month of May, it will be a time that will give the dozens and dozens of colleges a chance to see some of those players who do not get the spotlight at camps and combines.

When it comes to producing top-flight offensive linemen, this is a region of the country that has seriously been overlooked. Go back to the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s and you will see big time talent that not only made a huge collegiate impact, but also made a living out of playing the game.

In a season where defensive backs, receivers and running backs have captured the attention of recruiters, it’s the offensive line prospects who have been working hard in the weight room, and throwing the discus and shot put in track.

This is a group of rising seniors that only get the recognition they deserve in a spring setting — where colleges are watching and evaluating.

This is year, there are some very talented offensive line prospects that will control the tempo of any game.

Among the elite linemen, receiving plenty of early attention include University of Miami commitment Leeward Brown, a 6-4, 300-pounder from Miramar, Christian Strachan (6-4, 315, Champagnat Catholic), Philip Parchment (6-4, 275, St. Thomas Aquinas), Richard Williams (6-3, 260, Miramar Everglades) and Andy Moreira (6-3, 280, Coral Gables).

The area is getting much deeper with prospects such as Rochelin Romain (Blanche Ely – 6-5, 288), Colin Byrne (St. Thomas – 6-5, 295), William Gordon (Norland – 6-4, 313), Cesar Jimenez (Booker T. Washington – 6-2, 280), Deiontae Lynch (Booker T. Washington – 6-3, 285), Lowell Richardson (Jackson, 6-5, 320), Boyd Stewart (Miramar - 6-2, 280), Brandon Wallace (Champagnat Catholic – 6-2, 295), Dusan Etienne (Holywood Hills – 6-4, 280), Robert Woodus (Gulliver Prep, 6-1, 300), Micheal Lowe (Miami Springs – 6-5, 270), Brett Kahn (American Heritage – 6-4, 260) and talented Robzel Sylvester (Central – 6-3, 320).

“Really can’t recall this many emerging offensive line prospects,” said Dana Wiley of Prep Films. “They are more athletic than ever before.”

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