Viva Loudoun college intern Joe Bushrod a graduate of Loudoun County High School and current student at Old Dominion University, has been scouting the returning Loudoun football players and will offer his top 5 at each position.
Previously Joe covered the Top 5 quarterbacks and top 5 offensive guards/centers. Today he continues with the offensive line with his Top 5 offensive tackles and the No. 1 returning player at this position is Nathaniel Davis of Stone Bridge.
1. Nathaniel Davis (SR) Stone Bridge 6’3” 260
Nathaniel Davis just may be the most versatile and talented offensive lineman to ever play for Stone Bridge High School. And that says a lot considering that the Bulldogs have produced such greats as current Philadelphia Eagle and former Virginia Tech standout Ed Wang. Davis’ ability to play tackle, guard, and blocking back shows that his intelligence in the classroom carries over to the playing field. It is extremely difficult to learn three positions, making it a big reason that Davis is my number No. 1 ranked prospect on the offensive line. The most promising part of his game is his ability to maintain tremendous footwork all while delivering great power through his explosive hips. This bulldog has verbally committed to UNC-Charlotte and will look to gain a degree in mechanical engineering.
2. Nick Sobhani (SR) Stone Bridge 6’5” 270
Landing in at No. 2 on the offensive tackle list is another Stone Bridge Bulldog, Nick Sobhani, who often pairs with Nathaniel Davis to create one of the most intimidating tackle/guard duos in the state when Davis moves inside. Stone Bridge is able to utilize the best of Sobhani’s abilities when they run the ball his way and to the outside. On plays such as sweeps and misdirections, Nick excels at reaching his man and setting an edge for the speedy Bulldog backs to get around. With interest from schools such as Delaware and Temple, the offers are sure to begin rolling in for this talented young tackle.
3. Nick Merletti (SR) Briar Woods 6’5” 250
In order for Falcon quarterback Trace McSorley — rated No. 1 at his position — to make great plays, he has to have some talent in front of him. At No. 3 for offensive tackles we have Nick Merletti from Briar Woods. One asset of Merletti’s game that separates him from the rest is how he effectively plays with great hand violence. This part of his game is almost unfair to those undersized outside linebackers lining up over the top of him. Merletti is a multi-faceted player that shows that same hand movements as a defensive end barreling down on offensive tackles. Whether Merletti acts as the lead tackle in the run game or on the blind side for McSorley, he’s always competing at a high level. Merletti is a smart player, backed up by his 4.2 GPA in the classroom.
4. Jake Stewart (JR) Potomac Falls 6’2” 270
At 6-foot-2 and 270 pounds, Jake Stewart appears to be the ideal size for a guard on paper. On the field, however, Stewart is a left offensive tackle with remarkable strength. When Stewart is able to reach an opponent with both hands, that player is most likely in for a ride in reverse. Stewart is another tackle that rarely takes a false step when meeting the point of attack. Once again I believe Stewart has potential to be an even better guard at the collegiate level due to his power and leg drive opposed to foot quickness and length.
5. Trevor Weaver (SR) Broad Run 6′ 255
Trevor Weaver is a three-year starter for the Broad Run Spartans. The past two years he has been competing against AAA competition in the tough Cedar Run Distrcit and has been holding his own. With a good mixture of power and finesse, Weaver makes for a comfortable fit as the Spartans blind side tackle. Weaver has shown the pocket awareness in his pass blocking to maintain protection of his quarterback. In many scenarios he would wash the defensive end across the face of the QB or carry the defender deep enough so the QB could step up in the pocket. This is a reflection of the practice he puts into his position.
Others to Watch:
*Stephen Root (SR) Woodgrove 6’5 250
*Zach Messegee (SR) Loudoun Valley 6’5 250
*Evan Ferguson (SR) Dominion 6’5 290