Arizona high school football 2022 season: Top 10 offensive linemen to see
The Arizona high school football season will be here soon. We're breaking down the positions with a list of The Republic's Top 10 in each category. So far, we've examined the quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, athletes and tight ends.
Now it's time to turn our attention to the guys who get the least amount of notoriety, those fearless warriors who work hard in the trenches so the skill guys can make headlines.
Let's break down the offensive linemen.
Top 10 offensive linemen
1. Elijah Paige, Phoenix Pinnacle, 6-6, 290, Sr.
Has committed to the University of Notre Dame. He also plays basketball. He'll use his athleticism and power to be the premier lineman not just in Arizona but in the country. He is so good at protecting the quarterback that it will be hard for anybody to get around him. Quick feet, great leverage and lower body strength.
2. James Durand, Chandler Basha, 6-4, 280, Sr.
He has committed to Wisconsin. Started on varsity his freshman year. Has grown to become one of the best offensive line recruits in the nation. Big leader on and off the field. Like having a coach on the field. Well-respected and brings it on the field with a nasty streak.
3. Alex Doost, Glendale Mountain Ridge, 6-6, 295, Sr.
He has committed to Northwestern. Has been a big part of the Lions' success since his sophomore year. Has great flexibility and athleticism, long arms, good hands, explosive and strong. Will be a beast this season clearing holes and giving quarterback Brendan Anderson ample time to pick apart defenses.
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4. Jack Endean, Tucson Tanque Verde, 6-5, 270, Sr.
One of the first 2023 players to commit, he'll be playing college football at Oklahoma State. Transferred last year from Tucson Salpointe Catholic and, after sitting out five games, was a game-changer, blowing out running holes and protecting the quarterback in the passing game. Big motor with the strength and footwork to become an impact college lineman.
5. Kaleb Jones, Phoenix Mountain Pointe, 6-1, 265, So.
The Arizona Republic's top prospect in the Fab 50 2025 class, Jones has Power 5 offers, including Arizona State. He's only scratching the surface of his potential. Was an impact offensive lineman as a freshman on the varsity. Continuing to develop. A man amongst boys for his age.
6. Logan Powell, Scottsdale Saguaro, 6-5, 250, So.
He was so impressive in his workouts this spring that he picked up Oregon, TCU and Michigan offers. A talented baseball player, he is athletic, has long arms, stronger and still filling out. He could become one of the top recruits in the nation before he's done maturing.
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7. Caleb Lomu, Gilbert Highland, 6-5, 260, Sr.
He has 16 offers, including Arizona, Arizona State, Utah and Baylor. He's a rock on the line, strong, durable and won't let himself get beat. Will be a force on a line that should help inexperienced skill guys get going and leave their mark in one of the state's most consistently strong programs.
8. Ryan Blum, Basha, 6-2, 275, Sr.
Best center in the state, he has committed to Central Michigan. Like a coach on the field. He'll be a force on what could be the best offensive line in the state. Great leaders who will make those around him better, pushing teammates to their fullest.
9. Kaleb Carter Jackson, Desert Edge, 6-5, 275, Sr.
Moved in this spring from Southern California to play his final season for his uncles, co-head coach Marcus and Mark Carter. A very good basketball player who can get up and down the court, he will be one of the more athletic offensive linemen in the state.
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10. Griffin Schureman, Queen Creek, 6-3, 250, Sr.
Coach Travis Schureman's son, he was born to block. He is a chip off the block, so to speak. He'll play on both sides of the ball. As valuable on defense as he is on offense. He'll go through a wall to finish a play. A consummate teammate who leads on and off the field and in the weight room.