It's already looking like it will be a strong year for offensive lineman in California for the class of 2008. A handful of lineman have already picked up early scholarship offers including Corona (Calif.) prospect Max Tuioti-Mariner.
Corona annually produces some of the top linemen in the state and next year, Tuioti-Mariner will be the guy. At 6-3, 280 pounds Tuioti-Mariner plays tackle for the Panthers but projects as a guard at the next level.
"He's as good as it gets," Corona coach John Brandom said. "I can't imagine there being a better lineman out there. He has all the tools- he's explosive and strong. He has great range, quickness and agility and is about as complete as you can get.
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"He can pass block and run block equally well. I coaches Shane Lehmann (UCLA) who had offers from every school in the country and Max is even better. He's more athletic than Shane was and stronger as well. Plus he plays with a mean streak, he has an attitude on the field and just looks to destroy the guy he's going against."
In three games this season, Tuioti-Mariner is averaging 13 pancake blocks a game and according to Brandon, has put two guys on their back on the same play six times.
"He doesn't stop," Brandom said. "He'll run over the guy in front of him and then just keep looking for someone else to hit."
On the recruiting front, Brandom said Colorado has offered in writing and several other schools are on the verge as well.
"Just about every school that came by in the Spring told me they're going to offer Max as soon as they get some junior film," Brandom said. "Out West, everyone in the Pac 10 except UCLA came by plus all of the MWC and WAC schools. He'll be recruited nationally as well too. Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, all of those schools offered Shane back when he was here and as soon as I get film out, you'll see Max with 40 plus offers easily."