One thing that you can take to the bank when you recruit an offensive lineman from Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian is he will be a well schooled technician and will understand the sophistication of D-I blocking schemes.
One thing we heard over and over from coaches who played Oaks Christian last season was how well the offensive line played and how well they were coached.
After being soundly beaten by Oaks Christian one opposing coach was amazed by the line play, he said the skill guys like Notre Dame freshman Jimmy Clausen and USC bound running back/linebacker Marc Tyler deserved all the media love they were getting, but he wanted to make sure the offensive line received their due as well.
One of the players that stood out as a junior, was offensive tackle Trace Biskin (6-6, 275, 5.1) and returns to anchor the line. He received his first offer two weeks ago from Big 10 school Purdue.
"Purdue is his first offer, but there are other schools that are beginning to take notice," Oaks Christian coach Bill Reddell said. "Arizona, Arizona State, Washington, Cal, Oregon and Oregon State are all interested.
"Mostly the whole Pac 10 is recruiting him and I have Notre Dame here right now."
"The thing that the D-I schools like about him is his flexibility," Reddell said. "He has a tremendous upside. I think he's going to be an outstanding D-I player.
In an earlier interview with Rivals.com Reddell had the following to say about his offensive lineman.
"Trace could be special because he has the size and the athleticism of a D-I prospect," Reddell said. "He certainly passes the eye test. Both USC and Notre Dame liked what they saw of him in the weight room."
Now it appears that the rest of the Pac 10 is beginning to get in on Biskin.