Over the next few weeks, we’ll be taking a position-by-position look at some of the top players in Alabama high school football. Our next list focuses on the offensive line.
There are hundreds of standout football players in Alabama and these lists are not intended to be comprehensive. Let us know about any other offensive linemen worthy of fans’ attention in 2022.
TOP 25 OFFENSIVE LINEMEN IN ALABAMA
(The list is in alphabetical order)
Kaiden Arnold, 6-7, 350, senior, Escambia
Also a member of the Escambia basketball team, Arnold put together an impressive junior season at left tackle on the gridiron, which earned him honorable mention all-state recognition in Class 4A.
Javontae Bradley, 6-3, 220, senior, Clarke County
Bradley and the Clarke County offensive line helped lead the Bulldogs to a Class 2A state title last season. The right tackle earned honorable mention all-state recognition as a junior.
Micah DeBose, 6-5, 315, sophomore, Vigor
After starting on the Vigor offensive line as a freshman, the massive DeBose has the looks of one of the top offensive line prospects in the country in the class of 2025. He has already landed offers from a long list of Power Five schools that includes Auburn, Arkansas, Florida State, Michigan, Ole Miss and Texas A&M.
Wilkin Formby, 6-7, 295, senior, Northridge
Ranked as the ninth-best player in the state of Alabama and the 10th-best tackle in the country in the class of 2023 by the 247Sports Composite, Formby will be back to anchor the Northridge offensive line as a senior. The 6-foot-8 Formby blew up last season, transforming himself from a little-known prospect into a four-star recruit. He committed to Alabama in June.
Kalari Gordon, 6-4, 295, junior, Carver
Gordon started at left tackle for Carver as a sophomore. He has attracted scholarship offers from Alabama State, Alcorn State and Jackson State so far, and his recruitment will likely continue to heat up with a strong junior season.
Malachi Harris, 6-4, 320, junior, Anniston
Harris started at left guard as a sophomore last season and will be back on what should be a strong Anniston offensive line this fall. He has already started to garner some interest from Power Five schools, landing offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Mississippi State and South Carolina.
Jayden Hobson, 6-5, 293, senior, Hillcrest
The rising senior committed to Southern Miss over the summer. Hobson starts at right tackle for Hillcrest.
Ethan Hubbard, 6-6, 288, senior, Hoover
The long left tackle for Hoover is back for his senior season. Hubbard committed to Duke in June.
Bradyn Joiner, 6-1, 330, Auburn
Joiner earned first team all-state honors in Class 7A as a junior on the defensive line, and he’ll still play some on the defensive side of the ball. But Joiner plans to focus his energy on playing on the interior of Auburn’s offensive line, as that’s where his college future appears to be. A four-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite, Joiner will stay home and play college football at Auburn.
Koby Keenum, 6-4, 300, senior, Mars Hill
Keenum committed to play his college football at Kentucky earlier this offseason. But before he heads to Lexington, the first team all-state offensive lineman will play one final year at left tackle for Mars Hill.
Vysen Lang, 6-5, 328, senior, Pike Road
Lang anchored a Pike Road offensive line that helped the TEAM rush for more than 300 yards per game and 60 touchdowns during its undefeated state championship season in 2021. One of the top uncommitted seniors in the state, he has offers from the likes of Auburn, Arkansas, LSU, Georgia, Tennessee and Texas.
JD Martin, 6-0, 225, junior, Pisgah
Martin earned a starting spot on the Pisgah offensive line as a sophomore and performed well enough to be named to the all-state second team.
Ryqueze McElderry, 6-3, 340, senior, Anniston
McElderry has attracted the attention of some of the top programs in college football. The Anniston senior originally committed to Georgia, but last month flipped his pledge to Alabama. While he projects as a guard at the college level, McElderry will be back to man the right tackle spot on the Bulldogs’ line of scrimmage this fall.
Jacqawn McRoy, 6-8, 350, junior, Clay-Chalkville
At 6-foot-8 and 350 pounds, McRoy has to be one of the largest rising juniors in the nation. Not coincidentally, he’s also one of the best offensive line prospects in the class of 2024. Rated a four-star prospect by the 247Sports composite, McRoy has Arkansas, Louisville, Kentucky, Tennessee and others.
Anthony Miles, 6-5, 285, senior, Ramsay
Miles played both right and left tackle for Ramsay last season and will be back to lead the Rams’ line as a senior. Afterward, the three-star prospect will head to Vanderbilt, where he has committed to play his college football.
Briley Mitchell, 6-1, 290, senior, Gaylesville
Mitchell earned first team all-state honors in Class 1A last season. As a senior, he will reportedly play fullback as well as on the offensive line to better utilize his blocking ability in the team’s run-heavy scheme, according to WEISradio.com.
DaMare Moore, 6-1, 280, senior, Faith Academy
While he may not have the size of a prototypical tackle, Moore showed his effectiveness last fall when he earned honorable mention all-state recognition in Class 5A.
Jamichael Pugh, 5-10, 240, senior, Clarke County
Another member of the loaded Clarke County line who earned all-state honors last season, Pugh was named to the first team as a junior. He should once again be back at tackle to anchor the offensive line.
Stanton Ramil, 6-7, 310, senior, Thompson
In the process of helping Thompson win its second consecutive state title last fall, Ramil saw his recruiting stock soar. The four-star prospect committed to Michigan State earlier this month. While the Warriors lost a lot from last season’s offense, Thompson will be back to lead the offensive line.
Will Sanders, 6-3, 280, junior, Brookwood
Sanders has started at guard for Brookwood since his freshman season and played a big role in the Panthers’ successful rushing attack. He has already piqued the interest of several FBS schools, with offers so far coming from Syracuse, Troy, Central Florida, Coastal Carolina and Chattanooga.
Patrick Screws, 6-6, 315, senior, Eufala
Another Power Five-bound offensive lineman from the state, Screws committed to Georgia Tech in June. While the massive prospect might wind up on the interior of the offensive line at the next level, he should continue to play left tackle for the Tigers.
Braden Stafford, 6-3, 290, senior, Hatton
A two-way starter on both the offensive and defensive lines for Hatton, Stafford was named to the all-state second team for his performance at offensive tackle last season.
Brody Stewart, 6-2, 305, senior, Andalusia
Stewart earned second team all-state recognition as a junior. The tackle has picked up some attention from Division I schools on the recruiting trail, landing offers from Furman, North Alabama and Samford.
Maddox Sunderman, 6-4, 300, senior, Bob Jones
Sunderman had an impressive junior year across multiple sports, earning first team all-state honors in Class 7A on the gridiron and being named an All-American wrestler. He should man the left tackle spot for the Patriots again this season.
Tucker Wilks, 6-0, 225, sophomore, Fyffe
Not only did Wilks start on both the Fyffe offensive and defensive lines as a freshman, he earned first team all-state honors in Class 3A. The right tackle could wind up being one of the best offensive linemen in the state in the class of 2025.