- David Helman, Reporter, RecruitingNation
If there's one lesson you can take away from the first half of the 2012 season, it might be that you can never have too much depth along the offensive line. It's almost comical how much trouble LSU has had keeping its offensive front healthy, whether it was the season-ending injury to left tackle Chris Faulk or the persistent knee problems plaguing left guard Josh Dworaczyk. Center P.J. Lonergan has had a few bouts with back spasms, and right guard Josh Williford suffered a concussion in the loss to Florida. That doesn't even include the personal issues surrounding right tackle Alex Hurst's eventual departure from the team.
So, yeah. There's no shortage of need for offensive linemen, and luckily there's no shortage of talented O-linemen to bolster the Tigers' depth in 2014.
OT Cameron Robinson (Monroe, La./West Monroe): Big Cam just might be the biggest prospect in next year's class, as he completely fills out his listed dimensions of 6-foot-6, 330 pounds. Robinson transferred to West Monroe just before his senior season started, and he's helped pave the Rebels' way to a 7-1 mark. He promises to earn plenty of attention in the coming year as an ESPN Watch List selection, and the fact that Alabama, LSU and Texas have already offered is proof enough of that.
OG Garrett Brumfield (Baton Rouge, La./LSU Laboratory): LSU has some practice trying to recruit a top player from its on-campus high school, considering that is happening with ESPN 150 defensive end Tim Williams. Brumfield and Williams are close friends and teammates, connected by the common bond of transferring onto U-High's team from elsewhere. Brumfield is another ESPN Watch List member, and it shows after watching him pave the way for U-High's devastating ground game. Despite Brumfield's proximity to LSU, schools like Florida are also on his trail. The Gators have also offered him a scholarship, and he's been to visit for games in both Death Valley and the Swamp this season.
OG Will Clapp (New Orleans, La./Brother Martin): A third member of the ESPN Watch List. Clapp checks in at 6-foot-4, 270 pounds. He hasn't racked up the same multitude of offers as other Watch List players, but the two he does have are about as good as it gets -- LSU and Alabama. Surprise, surprise, another battle between the SEC's preeminent programs for a blue chip recruit. Clapp has been up to visit Tiger Stadium at least once so far this season, and he has a strong relationship with offensive line coach Greg Studrawa. Many believe Clapp to be one of the Tigers' early commits for next year once signing day passes.
If there's one lesson you can take away from the first half of the 2012 season, it might be that you can never have too much depth along the offensive line.