Football Recruiting: The Class of 2010, Linemen Edition

Much shorter version than the previous two. Concentrating on interior linemen, basically offensive linemen and defensive tackles. Also kickers, but I don't really know how to evaluate kickers so that will be pretty short.

Clint Shepherd - OG - 6'4" 270 - Eaton, Ohio - Eaton - 40: N/A

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Shepherd is a big kid obviously, but most high school offensive linemen are big. What sets him apart is his body control and great hands. The most important thing when evaluating linemen and how they play is their feet. You can have a lineman that is 6'7" 300 pounds plus with long arms and all the prototypical traits scouts look for physically. But if that kid doesn't have good feet he won't amount to much at any level. Shepherd has great feet. At this stage he is a better run blocker than anything else. He just over powers people. He has a tendency to play high which is a bit of a worry. But he plays with great pad level on occasion, so he can do it, just a matter of teaching him to do it every snap. He will defiantly be a guard at the college level because he does not excel playing in space. He can get to the second level and clear space in the running game, but he is much better attacking bigger linebackers than picking out smaller, quicker players on the second level. I am not sure that he needs a red shirt year physically, but I wouldn't be very surprised to see Butch Jones give him one. Either way he is probably a year or two away from being a front line player. No youtube, video here.

Kevin Schloemer - OT - 6'7" 270 - West Chester - Lakota West - 40: N/A

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Great prospect. Has just about everything you look for in a tackle prospect, quick feet, lateral quickness, height and long arms, very good balance, good awareness picking up blitzes, excellent in pas pro and a good, pushing toward great run blocker. He is also excellent picking out and neutralizing smaller defenders in the screen game. Played against top notch competition in one of the deepest leagues in the area. If there is one thing that he really needs to work on it is over all strength, he has a decent base but is lacking some upper body strength. That being said he is still going to have a chance to come in and push very hard for the starting spot at right tackle. No youtube, video here.

Roney Lozano - DT - 6'3" 280 - Hialeah, Florida - American - 40; N/A

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Under the radar prospect from Miami-Dade county. Did not play for one of the traditional powers in the Miami area like Northwestern or Booker T. Washington. That kept him off the radar. When you look at him play it is hard to see why. He is relentless in pursuit has a phenomenal first step. Uses his hands very well to create and keep separation between him and the offensive lineman trying to block him. That is one of the aspects of the position that either comes naturally or not at all. Not very adept at taking on and beating the double team and can play a bit high at times. But he will make plays based on raw athleticism and a very good swim move. There are times when I get the impression that he hasn't been playing all that long which leads me to think that he has a very high ceiling.

Ty Phillips - 6'2" 260 - DT - East Saint Louis, Illinois - East Saint Louis - 40: 4.9

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Signed with Missouri in the class of 2009 but was an academic casualty and could not gain admission. Spent the past fall getting eligible and is already on campus from what I understand. He is just a great football player. Isn't the biggest or the strongest but is smart and never gives up on plays. Could potentially slide out to a strong side defensive end position in time but I think he will be great as a 3 technique defensive tackle playing opposite a guy like Derek Wolfe or Lozano in the future. I am big on Phillips.

John Lloyd - P- 6'2" 225 - Cincinnati - Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy - 40: N/A

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Lloyd is a specialist in the mold of Sebastian Janikowski. Big kid with a very, very powerful leg. First team all Miami Valley Conference and first team All Ohio. Averaged 44 yards per punt as a Senior. Should be able to push Jake Rogers for the Punting job. If you are interested in a 9 minute video of punting there is this. If this one clip should give you an idea about his leg.

Tony Miliano - K - 6'2" 190 - Cincinnati - Elder - 40: N/A

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The kicking portion of the specialists in this class. All Ohio and All conference player. Not as big a leg as Lloyd. I think it will be a couple of years before Miliano take meaningful kicks for UC.

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