When it comes to SEC targets along the offensive line, there are still numerous talented prospects who haven’t committed.
Here is a look at the five highest-ranked SEC offensive line targets remaining in the 2018 class.
T Nicholas Petit-Frere
The particulars: Petit-Frere (6 feet 6, 272 pounds) is a five-star prospect from Tampa Berkeley Prep.
The skinny: Petit-Frere (pictured above) is considered the best prep offensive lineman in the nation and is a top-10 prospect overall. Florida, Alabama, Notre Dame and Ohio State are highest on his list, and he also has taken an official visit to Michigan. It is a terrific year for offensive line prospects in the state of Florida, and it would be a coup if new Gators coach Dan Mullen can land Petit-Frere. Petit-Frere visited Notre Dame in October and Alabama last weekend, and is scheduled to visit Florida this weekend and Ohio State on February 2. Once five-star OT Jackson Carman – an Ohio native – picked Clemson over Ohio State, Petit-Frere became an even bigger target for the Buckeyes. Three of his five finalists – all but Alabama and Ohio State – have changed o-line coaches during the offseason.
T William Barnes
The particulars: Barnes (6-4, 312 pounds) is a four-star prospect from Apopka (Fla.) High.
The skinny: Barnes is a top-five tackle and a top-60 prospect overall after a mildly disappointing senior season at Apopka High, in the Orlando suburbs. Apopka is the prep alma mater of current Gators starting tackle Martez Ivey, and Florida would love to land Barnes, who is a big-time run blocker (Apopka runs a wing-T offense) but an uneven pass protector. North Carolina might be the front-runner; he visited Chapel Hill on January 12. Ole Miss also has a good shot, and he took his official visit to Oxford last weekend. Auburn and Florida are the other teams truly in the hunt for Barnes, who could play guard at the next level.
G Penei Sewell
The particulars: Sewell (6-5, 349 pounds) is a four-star prospect from Saint George (Utah) Desert Hills.
The skinny: Sewell is one the top three guards in the country and is a top-60 overall talent. Sewell, who is from the southwest corner of Utah, finished his official visits in November, but still chose to wait to sign on National Signing Day. He visited Alabama in October and he is a high priority for the Tide; Sewell received three visits from Alabama coaches in a three-week stretch in late November through mid-December. Alabama is trying to fend off Oregon, USC and Utah for Sewell, who is a road-grading run blocker.
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