Rivals Rankings Week: Which 2024 OL will be first to earn five-star status?
There isn't an offensive lineman in the 2024 class who earned his fifth star in the latest rankings update. The national recruiting analysts - Clint Cosgrove, Adam Friedman, Adam Gorney, Nick Harris and Ryan Wright - give their takes on which offensive lineman will be the first to earn the coveted rating.
RIVALS RANKINGS WEEK
Sunday: Who should be the No. 1 prospect in the 2024 Rivals250?
Monday: Five-Star Countdown | Meet the new five-stars
Tuesday: Rivals250 released | Biggest Movers | Latest recruiting news on top 50 players
Wednesday: Offensive position rankings released | Breaking down the QBs | Breaking down the RBs | Breaking down the WRs/TEs | Breaking down the O-linemen
Thursday: Defensive position rankings released | Breaking down the D-linemen | Breaking down the linebackers | Breaking down the athletes
Friday: State rankings released | States with the most R250 players
COSGROVE'S TAKE: Ian Moore
The one offensive lineman who stands out as being five-star ready right now is Ohio State commit Ian Moore. Moore has the prototypical size that you look for in a future first-round draft pick and he matches his elite frame with an equal amount of athleticism and upside. He is incredibly lean at 6-foot-6 290 and should have no problem adding plenty of mass without losing his overall twitch and athleticism. Moore has great bend, is extremely fluid in all of his movements, can redirect laterally with little wasted movement and is phenomenal at using his length to keep both speed and power rushers at distance. From size to skill-set, there isn't a better offensive lineman in this class than Moore as things stand today.
FRIEDMAN'S TAKE: Jordan Seaton
Seaton has undergone a remarkable body transformation over the last year. At the Rivals Camp Series in Philadelphia last year he weighed in at 325-pound and now he's right around 280-pounds. This much lighter frame combined with his impressive strength and solid technique as a run blocker should help him become a more effective pass blocker. There's a chance we see Seaton move from guard to tackle in the rankings, depending on how he performs during the offseason camp circuit.
GORNEY'S TAKE: Jordan Seaton
From what I've seen so far, the offensive guard class is better at the top and has better depth than the offensive tackle group and while I'd prefer tackles as five-stars because of position value I cannot ignore the high level of talent inside. Seaton is a special prospect who could play along the offensive line, he has power, speed and size and those special qualities set him apart at this point. Eddy Pierre-Louis is incredibly powerful and there could be some dark horses along the way at offensive tackle but from what I've seen so far, Seaton would top the list.
HARRIS' TAKE: Jordan Seaton
Seaton sits just inside the top 20 at No. 19 overall, making him the second-highest ranked four-star in the country, and it's for good reason. Seaton's size at 6-foot-6, 280 pounds combined with his versatility up front as either a tackle or guard makes him a desired product at the next level, but it's his athleticism in pushing defensive linemen downfield or moving across the formation to create bigger running lanes that makes him one of the top linemen in the country. Seaton's strength overwhelms opposing defenders at the initial punch, and his built lower half helps drive them backwards and out of a play while it may even still be developing in the backfield. Already holding 40 offers, Seaton is a surefire candidate to earn that coveted fifth star before the end of the cycle.
WRIGHT'S TAKE: Eddy Pierre-Louis
Of all the talented 2024 offensive linemen, the first to break the five-star ceiling in this group should be Pierre-Louis. The mammoth lineman from Tampa Catholic (Fla.) has displayed his skills at camps and on the field during the 2022 season to earn the bump. Unlike a lot of linemen in this group, Pierre-Louis has taken on five-, four- and three-star defensive linemen and linebackers to prove his worth. Pierre-Louis is a mauler with above-the-chart strength and displays good footwork to make him worthy of five-star status.