Oklahoma’s top high school football players: Meet the state’s best offensive linemen

By Buck Ringgold

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be taking a position-by-position look at some of the top players in Oklahoma high school football. This list focuses on the offensive linemen.

There are hundreds of standout football players in Oklahoma and these lists are not intended to be comprehensive. Use the comments section to discuss the other offensive linemen worthy of fans’ attention in 2021.

Jacob Sexton, 6-6, 285, Sr., Edmond Deer Creek

The massive offensive tackle was one of the more highly sought-after recruits in the country, but Sexton has decided to stay close to home, committing to play at Oklahoma. Sexton, who also wrestles and throws the shot put and discus for the Antlers’ track team, is one of eight returning starters on offense for a Deer Creek squad which reached the 6AI championship game last season.

Cade McConnell, 6-6, 290, Sr., Choctaw

An offensive tackle and a four-year starter, McConnell helps power a Yellowjacket offense vying to play for another 6AII championship. He has committed to play at TCU.

Ridge Brewington, 6-3, 285, Sr., Bartlesville

This offensive tackle was a four-year starter on the line for the Bruins. He will continue his career at the next level as he committed to play at Air Force.

Lane Parks, 6-5, 275, Sr., Yukon

Parks has been a powerful force for a Millers’ squad that qualified for the Class 6AI playoffs, and is one of five returning starters up front. Primarily a guard, Parks has committed to play at Army.

Milton White, 6-2, 285, Jr., Jerks

This left guard already owns a championship ring from last season’s Trojan squad that won 6AI. He’s helping Jenks at a repeat while clearing a path for standout players like running backs Jaiden Carroll and Jalyn Stanford.

Davis Dotson, 6-6, 295, Sr., Berryhill

A returning starter at tackle, Dotson has helped clear paths for a talented Berryhill offensive unit. The Chiefs went from 4-4 a season ago to 8-2 this regular season and a share of the 3A-4 district championship. Dotson has already received several offers from Division I schools.

Viliami Makahununiu, 6-4, 295, Sr., Norman

A tackle who has also seen action at guard, Makahununiu was one of the top linemen in 6AI. He has received offers from several Division II programs.

Cash Hudson, 6-4, 290, Sr., Bishop Kelley

Hudson is a returning starter at center for the Comets and helped his team return to the Class 5A playoffs.

Jordan Nolin, 6-4, 270, Sr., Holland Hall

This left tackle was part of the Dutch team that won the 3A state title a season ago and is helping them aim for a repeat. He has the ability to play at the next level.

Blake Bacon, 6-1, 240, Sr., Claremore

Bacon was a returning starter at guard for the Zebras, who competed against several top 5A teams like Collinsville, Pryor and Tahlequah.

Lane Williams, 6-5, 291, Sr., Shawnee

A left tackle who also plays defensive end, Williams is a returning starter up front for Shawnee, which qualified for the 5A playoffs.

Gabe Grazier, 6-3, 270, Sr., Oologah

Grazier, who played center for the Mustangs, helped anchor the offensive line in 2021. He also played on the defensive line and competes on the school’s wrestling team.

Rylan Hitt, 6-2, 275, Sr., Elgin

A tackle and a nose guard, Hitt’s season may be over, but he helped the Owls from a winless 2020 season to a four-win improvement. Hitt, also a state champion wrestler, helped pave the way for one of the state’s top promising young running backs in sophomore Matt Lund.

Jay Mitchell, 6-5, 310, Sr., Tecumseh

As a junior, Mitchell recorded 57 pancake blocks and put together another strong senior season at left tackle.

Walker Peck, 6-3, 290, Sr., Norman North

Peck is a returning starter at center who can also play guard for the Timberwolves, who ended the regular season 7-3 and qualified for the 6AI playoffs.

Tre Busher, 6-1, 265, Sr., Putnam City North

A returning starter at right tackle, Busher has received interest from various colleges while playing for the Panthers, who qualified for the 6AII playoffs.

Forrest Johnston, 6-2, 240, Sr., Skiatook

A center, Johnston was one of the top players in the area at his position. He also played nose guard on defense.

Tryce Lewis, 6-3, 295, Jr., McLoud

As a tackle who also plays nose guard, Lewis could be one of the top senior linemen to watch for the 2022 season.

Ben Johnston, 6-2, 270, Sr., Grove

A tackle who can squat 500 pounds and bench press 330 pounds, Johnston has been a mainstay up front for a Ridgerunner team that finished 9-1 and has a chance to go far in the 4A playoffs.

Gavin Wilson, 6-2, 255, Sr., Heritage Hall

A returning starter at tackle, Wilson has been a key cog in the offense for the Chargers, paving the way for such players as wide receiver Gavin Freeman and tailback River Faulkner as Heritage Hall finished a perfect 10-0 in the regular season and is a contender for the 3A title.

CJ Compton, 6-6, 300, Jr., Bethel

A three-year starter at center, Compton can squat 500 pounds and bench press 280 pounds. He will go into his senior season as one of the top players in the state at any position, especially if he can help the Wildcats make a deep run in the 2A playoffs.

Parker Sinclair, 6-3, 285, Sr., Keys

Sinclair, who primarily plays right guard, is a returning starter and has been noted for his ability to dominate at the line of scrimmage. He helped the Cougars qualify for the postseason in 2A.

Alton Robinson, 6-4, 300, Sr., Choctaw

A center who can also play guard, Robinson joins Cade McConnell in forming an imposing line for the Yellowjackets, who are one of the contenders to play for the 6AII championship.

Ian Lonsdale, 6-0, 240, Sr., Bixby

This returning starter at right guard has helped clear the way for some outstanding playmakers like Oklahoma State commit Braylin Presley and quarterback Christian Burke. Lonsdale seeks to end his Spartan career with a fourth straight 6AII championship.

Will Thomas, 6-7, 327, Sr., Tulsa Union

As a junior, Thomas earned all-state honors at left tackle and is being counted on to help Union make it to the 6AI title game after clinching the 6AI-2 district championship.

Matthew Shelton, 6-2, 260, Sr., Sand Springs

A returning starter at tackle, Shelton has helped clear paths for one of the top offensive squads in 6AII, led by players such as quarterback Ty Pennington and tailback Blake Jones.

Caleb Hulbutta, 6-3, 270, Sr., El Reno

A right tackle, Hulbutta turned in a strong junior season in which he had 32 pancake blocks for a team that won eight ballgames.

Ty Dodd, 6-4, 305, Sr., Eufaula

A right guard and a returning starter, Dodd has been one of the bellcows up front for the Ironheads, who won the District 2A-6 title.

Omarion Warrior, 6-3, 300, Sr., Checotah

Warrior plays tackle and helped the Wildcats overcome a slow start as they won three of their final four regular-season games to qualify for the 3A playoffs.

Troy Pearman, 6-7, 280, Sr., Oklahoma Christian Academy

This returning starter up front at left tackle has been part of a big turnaround for the Eagles, who won only one game in 2020 and two games the season before to a 7-3 regular season finish in 2021.

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