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It starts up front for Red Ravens

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COFFEYVILLE, Kan., – Games are won upfront if you ask any college coach. For Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College there is a good chance they will win plenty of games because their offensive line is not only massive in size but it's also massive in talent – led by 6-foot-3, 315-pounder Brandon Walker.
Walker, who is 6-foot-3 and 315 pounds, plays offensive tackle for the Red Ravens but with his size it's easy to project him on the inside of the ball. It really doesn't matter where he plays because he's going to have plenty of people lining up to recruit him heavily.
His coach Sean Cherico said he's one of the best offensive linemen he's ever seen at Coffeyville.
"In my 11 years here at Coffeyville, we've had four NFL offensive linemen," Cherico said. "He's as good or better than all of them. This kid is nasty. He's physical and he goes out there and tries to hurt his opponent.
"He's not mean about it, but he just goes out there and gets it done."
Cherico said the best thing that Walker does is that he sustains his blocks.
"Once he locks up with you, it's over," Cherico said. "He's so strong and has great feet. He has a great chance to be one of the best we've ever had. He's got the ability to play in the NFL someday. He could go anywhere in the nation."
Walker, who has a 5.28-second time in the 40-yard dash and a 400-pound bench press, originally is from Detroit. He Already has an offer from Michigan State, but Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Arizona, Kansas and Kansas State are some of his early suitors.
"I'm still pretty open," Walker said. "That Michigan State offer was really special since it was from a school back home, but I also know that I could have a lot of other big schools come after me, too."
But Walker isn't the only solid Division I recruit on Coffeyville's offensive line.
Offensive guard Trent Stanely is a 6-foot-2, 290-pounder that is powerful and has a shot to be recruited by many of the teams in the Big 12.
"He could play for probably six of the teams in the Big 12," Cherico said. "He was all-league as a freshman and has three years to play two seasons. He's got great drive and great technique. He's originally from Shawnee Heights, and he's really developed into a quality prospect."
The Ravens also have two monster line prospects that if things go well for them as a sophomore they could end up being heavily recruited.
Tackle prospects John Buckman and Ted Hilgert both have massive size and decent footwork. Buckman is 6-foot-8 and 330 pounds and Hilgert is 6-foot-7 and 310 pounds. Buckman is originally from Garnett, Kan., and Hilgert is from Wichita Northwest. Both will have three years to play two seasons when they graduate.
"They were both qualifiers out of high school that the Division I schools missed on coming out of high school," Cherico said.
"They have a shot at playing Division I ball. They might not be as developed as Brandon, but they have a good shot at playing on the next level."
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