- Corey Long, Reporter, RecruitingNation
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With national signing day (Feb. 2) around the corner, here is a look at the top uncommitted offensive guards.
Spencer Region (Cullman, Ala./Cullman)
Player rank: 149 | Position rank: 9 | Grade: 80 | Stars: 4
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 339 pounds | Evaluation
Why they want him: At 6-5, 335 pounds, Region is a big man and uses his size to knock defenders off the line of scrimmage at the snap. With a focus on his size it's easy to forget that he's very mobile and athletic. He is aggressive at the end of blocks and likes to finish with authority.
Recruiting update: Region committed to Auburn in February and decommitted in May. He visited Louisville last weekend and is trying to set up a trip to visit Wisconsin at the end of the month. He also had a trip to LSU but it was canceled, although he says he's been to LSU and Auburn several times.
Aundrey Walker (Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville)
Player rank: NR | Position rank: 15 | Grade: 79 | Stars: 4
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 355 pounds | Evaluation
Why they want him: Walker already possesses the size, strength and toughness to be a dominating run-blocker. He's got a good first step and excels at drive blocking. However, he's going to have to improve his balance and quickness to deal with quicker players at the next level.
Recruiting update: It would appear that Ohio State and Michigan State are in the best position to land Walker. He is taking an official visit to Florida State this weekend and Penn State to close out the month.
James Elliott (Pensacola, Fla./Catholic)
Player rank: NR | Position rank: 20 | Grade: 79 | Stars: 3
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 290 pounds | Evaluation
Why they want him: Elliott is athletic and displays the sort of quickness you would want from a guard, especially when trap blocking. He has the strength to be a solid run-blocker and plays with good leverage. Overall, Elliott is a very active player who loves to mix it up.
Recruiting update: For the longest time Elliott was thought to be a heavy lean to Michigan. That scenario began to look bleak before the firing of Rich Rodriguez. Visits to Kentucky and Southern Miss. are being worked out.
Thomas Williams (Prichard, Ala./Vigor)
Player rank: NR | Position rank: 21 | Grade: 78 | Stars: 3
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 283 pounds | Evaluation
Why they want him: Williams is quick off the ball and ready to initiate contact. He displays more than enough toughness and a nasty attitude when he is finishing off blocks. Has the ability to be an effective trap blocker and will take on quicker players with success.
Recruiting update: There hasn't been much on Williams' radar for a few months. He picked up some impressive early offers from schools like Auburn, Alabama and Florida State but they have all moved on.
Corey Long has been covering high school football and recruiting in the Sunshine State since 1995. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spencer Region is the best offensive guard available in the 2011 class.