The final 2023 rankings are released throughout the week, and with Wednesday’s release comes the final offensive position rankings of the cycle. Competitors’ crews look at which front ditch bullies best fit their future plans.
ALEX BIRSCHMEIER TO PEN STATE
“Penn State coach James Franklin told a story early in the signing period that Alex BirschmeierThe parents told him they didn’t need to come down and sing and dance during the recruitment. The four-star offensive lineman, who is tough, physical and plays up the middle, was locked in with the Nittany Lions while he certainly appreciated the recruiting attention he didn’t need.
“That kind of kid and mentality seems like a perfect fit for Franklin as an offensive line coach Phil Trautwein and the entire staff is looking for offensive linemen in Happy Valley. Birschmeier unfortunately missed the All-Star event, but he probably would have gotten more attention for a five-star rating because he’s a really talented player.” – Adam Gorney
“Birchmeier will be a great fit at Penn State. He is an excellent run blocker and has the technique and athleticism to be a dominant pass blocker as well. Not many of the analyst staff have seen Birchmeier’s work in person, but if they do, they will. have a lot of confidence in his ability to make an early impact at the college level.
“A state champion wrestler, Birchmeier knows how to use his leverage to maximize his abilities, and he already has the strength to outrun college defensive linemen.” – Adam Friedman
KADIN PROCTOR TO ALABAMA
“It might be cliché to name the nation’s top offensive lineman as the best fit for his school, but Lady Proctor is the type of physical and athletic specimen Tide must regain championship form in their line. Additionally, the depth chart looks favorable for Proctor to compete for early playing time, and if given the opportunity, he will likely develop early in his career.” – Clint Cosgrove
SAMSON OKUNLOLA MIAMI
“When they were Oregon, Mario Cristobal and offensive line coach Alex Mirabal earned by drafting big offensive tackles who had great athletic profiles, and if they want to succeed in the ACC, they’ll have to find similar prospects with similar profiles. Samson Okunlola will be the front-runner to be next Penny Sewell Mirabal on the offensive line, as he takes his 6-foot-5, 300-pound frame down the field and is able to maintain elite athleticism with the most athletic edge rushers.
“His strength and ability match what Mirabal has been able to develop in the past, and it seems like the perfect marriage for both parties to achieve what Coral Gables needs.” – Nick Harris
Francis Mauigoa MIAMI
“How Miami head coach Mario Cristobal continues to work on the Hurricanes roster with his character, landing a player such as Francis Mauigoa is an ideal piece to help with turning. Cristobal was a two-time national champion and an All-Big East selection on the offensive line with Miami in 1992. The Canes’ leader has spent his coaching career emphasizing the offensive line, and he wants ditch hogs to lead his teams.
“In Mauigoa, Cristobal has the kind of tonifier up front to drive key third downs and fourth quarters to help Miami try to get back to the top of the ACC.” – Ryan Wright