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November 8, 2001

Riddell Footwear: Offensive line Nominations

Offensive line Nominations
The Riddell Footwear High School All-America Football Team consists of the best football players in the entire country. Additionally, the team will bestow seven special coaching awards - one to the national high school coach of the year and six more to regional coaches of the year throughout the country. Here are the nominations for the offensive line. The actual team members will be announced in January, along with the Riddell Footwear National Coach of the Year and six Riddell Footwear Regional Coaches of the Year.

Olson, Ben Justin Blalock
Plano (Texas) East
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 325 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.0 seconds
GPA: 3.5
One of the best offensive lineman not only in Texas, but the entire country. Has an upper-body that looks like a body-builder, but he also moves well. He is a smash-mouth run blocker.
College choices: Florida, Miami, Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska, Northwestern and Ohio State.

Olson, Ben James Bonelli
Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 280 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.9 seconds
GPA: 3.0
Bonelli is one of the top offensive linemen in California and in the western region. With more than 20 scholarship offers by early summer, he ended the recruiting process early with a commitment to Notre Dame.
College choices: Committed to Notre Dame.

Olson, Ben Doug Datish
Warren (Ohio) Howland
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 285 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.0 seconds
GPA: 3.5
Top offensive lineman in the state of Ohio and one of the country's best. Has excellent size and moves well. Father played for Ohio State.
College choices: Committed to Ohio State.

Olson, Ben Brandon Jefferies
Shelby (N.C.) Crest
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 265 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.85 seconds
GPA: 4.25
Pound-for-pound, Jeffries could be the best offensive lineman in the country. He has awesome quickness to go along with brute strength and uncanny smarts.
College choices: Tennessee, North Carolina, N.C. State, South Carolina and Virginia Tech

Olson, Ben Winston Justice
Long Beach (Calif.) Poly

Height: 6-foot-7
Weight: 297 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.1 seconds
GPA: 3.0
One of the nation's elite offensive tackles, Justice can do whatever you need him to do. Need him to pull and get a fast-rushing end, no problem. Need him to fit into your pass-happy offense, no problem. Simply put, Justice is one of the best of the best in the nation.
College choices: UCLA, Florida, Oklahoma, USC, Tennessee and Washington.

Olson, Ben Derek Morris
Huntersville (N.C.) North Mecklenburg
Height: 6-foot-6
Weight: 350 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.1 seconds
GPA: 3.9
Morris is an absolute monster. No one belongs on the same field at this stage in his career and if he's not the best offensive tackle in the country, we'd like to see who is.
College choices: Florida, Georgia, Ohio State, Tennessee, Auburn, Clemson, Miami, North Carolina, N.C. State, Notre Dame and South Carolina.

Olson, Ben
Nathan Rhodes
Bakersfield (Calif.) East
Height: 6-foot-7
Weight: 305 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.1 seconds
GPA: 3.8
Rhodes is widely considered to be one of it not the top offensive tackle recruit in the country. He really doesn't have any weakness on the field. He can run and pass block with anybody in the country. His abilities earned him junior all-state selection and multiple preseason All-American honors going into his senior season.
College choices: Michigan, Nebraska, Tennessee, UCLA and Washington.

Olson, Ben Albert Toeaina
Antioch (Calif.) Pittsburg
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 335 pounds
40-yard dash: 5.1 seconds
GPA: 3.0
Toeaina was one of the biggest sleepers in California, but he's not a secret anymore. That's because his stock has shot through the roof, and he's now considered as one of the best offensive linemen in the Golden State.
College choices: Washington, LSU, Notre Dame, USC and Fresno State.

Olson, Ben Neale Tweedie
Allen, Texas
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 260 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.9 seconds
GPA: 3.5
Tweedie probably has the best combination of run/pass blocking skills in the Lone Star State. A terrific athlete, Tweedie has all of the physical tools needed to become a special player.
College choices: Committed to Texas.

Olson, Ben Kyle Williams
Dallas Highland Park
Height: 6-foot-7
Weight: 271 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.96 seconds
GPA: 3.1
Williams is one of the top linemen in the Lone Star State and in the nation. The 6-7, 271-pound Williams has great feet and is already a very skilled pass blocker.
College choices: USC and Washington.

For all media inquiries concerning the team, please contact Bobby Burton. Burton can be reached via telephone - 713-880-0452 - or email - [email protected].

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