10 up-and-coming linemen to know in Tennessee
Some of the best linemen from the Volunteer State gathered in Nashville last weekend for the National Playmakers Academy "Lineman U" event. The event was geared just toward the men in the trenches, something rare during an offseason period featuring numerous events for skill position players. We break down some of the players who impressed at the event and why they will be names to remember for recruiting fans in the future.
Recruiting Wrap: Iyama has offers from Georgia, Tennessee and others.
Performance: Iyama has the look of a prototypical tackle, with size and length that is in high demand. Iyama already has some impressive offers but his list is likely to keep growing as the offseason moves along.
Recruiting Wrap: Honeysucker has an early offer from Tennessee.
Performance: One of the best kept secrets in the state of Tennessee, Honeysucker was dominant at the event as a pass rusher. He's quick coming off the edge and has a great first step, allowing him to start every battle with an advantage. The Vols were smart to offer early but they will soon have plenty of company for his services.
Recruiting Wrap: Mabry is committed to Notre Dame.
Performance: Mabry is already a known name for some as evidenced by his committed to the Irish, but schools in the south are still being tentative when it comes to offering. He was the best offensive lineman at the event and continues to add strength to his already impressive frame.
Recruiting Wrap: Lampley, a Tennessee legacy, has offers from the Vols, Ole Miss, LSU and others.
Performance: Lampley is just starting to tap into his potential but he already has impressive strength and ability. He also plays with a mean streak and finished reps violently, an encouraging sign for an offensive lineman.
Recruiting Wrap: Tucker has offers from Alabama, Tennessee, LSU and others.
Performance: Tucker is just a rising sophomore but is already high on the boards of several of the top programs in America. Recruiting fans are just getting to know him but by the time he's a senior he will be a star. Tucker has an impressive build and had a lot of success while battling older, more experienced defensive linemen.
Recruiting Wrap: Gupton recently added his first offer from Memphis.
Performance: Gupton has played both ways in his high school career but has seemed to find his niche on offense. He's just a rising sophomore but already has impressive strength and great size.
Recruiting Wrap: Smith is waiting for his first offer.
Performance: Smith competed in elite events at the youth level and is now starting to show the same skills that made him an All-American at a younger age. He continues to grow and develop and was impressive as a pass rusher on Sunday.
Recruiting Wrap: Mitchell has early offers from Vanderbilt and Iowa State.
Performance: Mitchell is still working on his technique a pass rusher but has the type of size and athletic ability that top schools look for in a prospect. If he keeps developing he could be one of the state's top players in his class.
Recruiting Wrap: Sutton is waiting on his first offer.
Performance: Sutton is still in the eighth grade so for him to be able to step in and compete against varsity-level high school players was very impressive. But he didn't just compete, he impressed and looks like he could be a star in years to come.
Recruiting Wrap: Simmons is waiting on his first offer.
Performance: Simmons fits the bill of a future run-stuffing defensive tackle. His strength inside was impressive and he is already good at getting leverage to go along with it. Once teams get a chance to see him a camp setting his offer list will start to grow.