An offensive lineman we've liked for a few years now is Palisades (Calif.) Mitchell Schwartz. At 6-5, 300 pounds, Schwartz has great size and looks like a natural tackle prospect. He had a dominant showing at the NorCal NIKE Camp and has seen a nice bump in his recruitment over the last couple of weeks.
Schwartz first caught our eye as a sophomore when he earned all-state underclass honors following the year. This past season, the lineman again earned all-state underclass honors and as we said previously, we like Schwartz more as a prospect than his older brother Geoff who will likely be a three year starter at Oregon.
The athlete was very impressive at the NIKE Camp and was arguably the top OL prospect in the camp. What's exciting about Schwartz is he's not close to maxing out and as he continues to gain strength and become more physical, he has a chance to be a special player at the next level.
On the recruiting front, we were very surprised that it took so long before Schwartz picked up his first offer. The second week of May, Michigan stepped up and offered and then Stanford offered at their Junior Day the day following the NIKE Camp. Since then, things have really picked up.
"Tennessee, Washington State, Virginia and Oregon have all offered as well," Schwartz said. "I'm also hearing from Cal, Miami, Notre Dame, USC, Arizona State and a few others. I'm in no hurry to narrow my list and really don't even have a top five or 10 right now.
"I'm going to take a few unofficial visits and hopefully I'll be able to narrow my list down by the time football starts up in the fall. I'm going to USC's linemen camp this Sunday and I'm looking at taking unofficial visits to Miami, Notre Dame, Arizona State and Michigan.
"The biggest factors for me in eventually picking a school will be the schools combination of athletics and academics and my relationship with the coaching staff, specifically my position coach since that's who I'll be spending a lot of time with. Distance from home really doesn't matter at all. I'll go anywhere and play, just wherever the best fit is."