By now almost every football fan is well aware of the juggernaut that is Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian. The Lions have been on TV the last two weeks and if there were any doubters there aren't many anymore after the two telecasts when Oaks Christian really showed their mettle.
Everyone has been impressed by the plethora of skill guys like five star quarterback Jimmy Clausen and five-star running back Marc Tyler but it is the offensive line that had one opposing coach on the short of the score tell Rivals.com was just as impressive.
One of those that received praise for his ability was offensive guard Cory Yriarte (6-2, 292, 5.3).
Yriarte's talent is very much appreciated by Oaks Christian head coach Bill Reddell.
"Corey can play football and he may be our best offensive lineman," Reddell said. "He's a definite D-I player and I will stake my reputation on it."
"Cory plays guard for us, but he could project as a center on the D-I level," Reddell said. "Whoever needs a guard or center should be looking at this guy."
"Unfortunately for Cory he kind of got lost in the shuffle because he transferred after playing for Lancaster (Calif.) Paraclete," Reddell said. "But they will know about him and where he is by the end of the season."
"The only knock on Cory is his height, but anybody who holds that against him will be making a big mistake," Reddell said. "He's a legit 6-2, so he's not that short."
"Cory has great ability of sticking and staying on his blocks," Reddell said. "Once he gets on you he will drive you right out of the play."
"Cory is also very strong and very smart," Reddell said. "I think he's benching close to 400 pounds."
San Diego State and Fresno State have showed some interest in Yriarte but the word of his play against great competition is just getting out.
Look to hear more about Yriarte this fall.