West: Final Top Ten Offensive Guards

Chris Fox

Parker (Colo.) Ponderosa's Chris Fox leads the West's final rankings of offensive guards...

West: Preseason Top Ten Offensive Guards
Location: Parker, Colo.
High School: Ponderosa
Size: 6-5, 285
Recruiting: Committed to Michigan
The Skinny: Fox isn't just the top guard prospect in the West but the top overall prospect in the state as well. He plays tackle for Ponderosa and is also a talented defensive lineman but we think he projects best on the interior of the line. He's a physical and nasty player who moves well in space. He's very athletic for a big man, has a great frame, plays with a motor and has a great upside to him. Fox has been a starter on the varsity since his freshman season and has continued to improve in all areas. He'll be able to add weight and strength in college and will add a ton of versatility to the offensive line at Michigan. Fox was selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
 
Location: Los Alamitos, Calif.
High School: Los Alamitos
Size: 6-5/295
Recruiting: Committed to UCLA
The Skinny: Redmond is the prototype guard prospect when you look at his size, strength and toughness. Like Fox, Redmond plays tackle for Los Al but definitely projects better on the interior and will play guard for UCLA. Very few players out West improved their stock more than Redmond. He had a dominant performance at the SoCal NIKE Camp and then drew raves at The Opening as well. Redmond might be the most powerful guard in the region and has great strength in his upper and lower body. He has a wrestling background which has greatly improved his overall athleticism in the last year as well as his toughness. He plays with a mean streak, finishes his blocks and has the ability to play right away at the next level.  Redmond played in the CalState Game and the West Coast Bowl.
 
Location: Corona, Calif.
High School: Centennial
Size: 6-4/255
Recruiting: California, Oregon
The Skinny: Like Redmond, Hunt saw his stock soar this past spring/summer as well. There was never a question about his skill level, toughness or ability on the field. The only concern you heard was people talking about his frame and whether he had the frame to put on enough weight to succeed at the next level. Hunt answered a lot of those questions when he physically dominated all comers at the NorCal NIKE Camp and then was rated among the top five OLs in attendance at The Opening. He moves so well, plays with great technique and is much stronger than he looks. Hunt was an UnderArmour All-American.

Location: Beaverton, Ore.
High School: Aloha
Size: 6-5/270
Recruiting: Committed to BYU
The Skinny: Kearsley gave an early commitment to BYU but schools didn't back off him  At the end of the day, he stuck with the Cougars.  Like so many others on this list, Kearsley can play guard or tackle in college and where he ends up will likely be determined by how much weight he puts on. He's an extremely physical player, tough and nasty and that's why we like him battling on the interior of the offense line. Kearsley plays with a relentless style to him and has the kind of motor college coaches love.  Kearsley played in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.
 
5. Sean Harlow
Location: San Clemente, Calif.
High School: San Clemente
Size: 6-5/260
Recruiting: Committed to Oregon State
The Skinny: After playing in the shadows of current Stanford tackle Kyle Murphy a year ago, Harlow has established himself as one of the elite lineman in the region in his own right. He racked up offers from almost the entire Pac 12 before committing to Washington late in the summer then switched to Oregon State in January.  Harlow is the son of former NFL OL Pat Harlow and has clearly benefited as his technique is already at the college level. He's a very tough, physical player and has grown physically at least an inch and 20 pounds since his junior season. He has excellent lateral mobility enabling him to be an advanced pass blocker at an early age and he should emerge as an excellent center or guard for the Beavers.  Was a Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.

The Next Five:
6. John Lopez (Orange, Calif.)- Committed to UCLA
7. Reeve Koehler (Honolulu, Hawaii)- Committed to Arkansas
8. Andrew Kirkland (Portland, Ore.)- Committed to Washington
9. Cole Madison (Burien, Wash.)- Committed to Washington State
10. Dave Bright (Santa Ana, Calif.)- Committed to Stanford


National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins (@GregBiggins), National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager Brandon Huffman (@BrandonHuffman), Southwest Recruiting Analyst Jason Jewell (@jason247scout) and Northwest Recruiting Analyst Jake Worthen (@JakeWorthen) contributed to these rankings.