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June 24, 2013

FlaVarsity breaks down the OT in 2014

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No quarterback, running back or wide receiver can do a thing without an offensive line. Here's Florida's Class of 2014 top Offensive tackles - as compiled by the FlaVarsity staff and analysts.

Top2014 Offensive Tackles

1. KC McDermott
6-foot-6 |302 | Palm Beach Central (Wellington)
The Buzz: McDermott has shined for two years as the anchor offensive tackle for the Palm Beach Central Broncos. His size and wingspan allows him to control defenders and keep them at bay. His footwork is very strong and his posture is great. In the video listed below, watch his hip work and his footwork - both very strong. He will likely be a strong-side tackle in college. He's the fifth-best offensive tackle in the country, and the fourth-highest rated player in Florida. He also checks in at No. 40 in the Rivals100.

Committed to:

Rivals Camp Series Analysis - KC McDermott

2. Mason Cole
6-foot-5 |275 | East Lake (Tarpon Springs)
The Buzz: Cole is a stud - period. He's a great catch for Michigan and will be a tackle in college. Cole ended his recruiting process very early in the process, committing to the Wolverines and he's pretty locked in. His hip-work is phenomenal and he's physically strong. A fixture in the Rivals250 at No. 118, Cole is the 14th ranked offensive tackle.

Committed to: Michigan

Mason Cole - Analysis:

3. Trevor Darling
6-foot-5| 332 | Miami Central (Miami)
Buzz: Darling is one of those who is physically dominating. He has the experience of a three-year starter at Miami Central, and has opened holes for the dynamic duo of Joseph Yearby and Dalvin Cook. Darling committed to Miami and is strong in his stance to be a part of the future Hurricane lineup. He ranks No. 17 nationally at Offensive tackle, and is 178 in the Rivals250

Committed to: Miami

Video: Rivals Challenge Series - Miami OL-DL

4. Reilly Gibbons
6-foot-6 | 278 | St. Petersburg Catholic (St. Petersburg)
The Buzz: Gibbons will join McDermott and Darling on the Miami roster in 2014 and the 'Canes will be loaded up front. Gibbons is a small-school player, with big-school potential. His size (6-foot-6) gives him good range of motion and his footwork can improve a bit. He's still growing into his frame and will bulk up in college. Ranked No. 193 in the Rivals250 - Gibbons stock is on the rise.

Committed to: Miami

Rivals Analysis - Reilly Gibbons

5. David Sharpe
6-foot-8| 275 | Providence School (Jacksonville)
The Buzz: Sharpe is a high Rivals three-star OL that will likely make the move to 4-star in the next ratings period. His 16 offers thus far are an attribute to his athletic ability. He's a two-sport athlete, playing football and basketball, but we've been told he'll focus on football this fall. He's physically strong and his reach and hand strength allows him to dominate from the weakside tackle position.

Schools in the mix: Georgia Tech, Maryland, Florida, Florida State, West Virginia (16 total)

Others in the mix:

Ray Raulerson - 6-foot-5, 275 - Plant (Tampa, Fla.)

Delroy Baker - 6-foot-6, 275 - West Port (Ocala)
Committed to: Indiana

Kavaris Harkless - 6-foot-5, 269 - Trinity Christian (Jacksonville)
Committed to: Louisville

Denzel Ward - 6-foot-9, 285 - IMG Academy (Bradenton)
Committed to: Purdue


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