Mohetau could be best OG in a decade
Updated: July 26, 2002, 3:17 PM ETBy by Tom Lemming, ESPN.com football recruiting analyst | ESPN.com football recruiting analyst
Last year Haloti Ngata of Salt Lake City emerged as perhaps the best DL prospect I'd seen in years -- an amazing combination of size, speed and strength. Well, I've found an offensive version of Ngata in this year's class. He's Ofa Mohetau (6-3, 318, 4.8) of Trinity H.S. in Euless, Texas, my preseason No. 9 prospect in the nation, and he's potentially the best OG I've seen in the last 10 years. Though he currently plays LT, I'm positive he'll end up at OG in college. In fact, he looks like an NFL guard already and plays like a fifth-year college senior, with the flexibility, agility and quickness to be a great one. I'd say he's the most dominating offensive lineman I've seen in the past three or four years, and he should rank as the top OL prospect for 2003. He recorded an incredible 153 pancake blocks as a junior, with a blocking-proficiency rate of over 85 percent, and has not yet allowed a sack. A phenomenal run-blocker, he's a road-grader who can pull and trap and just buries defenders. Not only is he unbelievably strong (420-pound bench-press), but he runs like a 218-pounder. His arms aren't unusually long, but they're long enough for pass-blocking, and he has great footwork. No defensive lineman in the Dallas area can stay with him with the possible exception of Xavier Lawson-Kennedy of Duncanville, but their teams have yet to face each other. In track he can throw the discus almost 170 feet and the shot more than 58 feet.