Spotlight on the Football Incoming Class: Offensive Line
NEW YORK - This is the final installment of gocolumbialions.com's closer look at the incoming class of 2012. Last but not least, it's a look at the Lions' newest offensive linemen.
"The five offensive linemen in this class will have the opportunity to contribute early," stated Pete Mangurian, Columbia's Patricia and Shepard Alexander Head Coach of Football.
"We have improved our length and athleticism on the edges. We are very pleased with the position flexibility of the group in general. Sometimes it takes the taller guys time to grow into their bodies, but I like the personality and growth potential of this group. You can't have too many big, tough, smart guys who are not afraid to work."
This year's incoming class of offensive linemen is talented with an impressive combination of height and size. With the shortest lineman coming in at 6-3, and two standing taller than 6-7, they are one of Columbia's biggest lineman classes to date.
Marshall Markham is a 6-4, 285-pound offensive tackle who played for Kinkaid High School in Houston, Texas. Markham helped lead Kinkaid to a 10-1 record in 2011 in one of the top high school leagues in Texas. Markham attended the same high school as Columbia junior Wells Childress.
View video highlights of Markham here
Eric Kuklinski played offensive and defensive tackles for Arlington High School in Lagrangeville, New York. The 6-7, 270-pound lineman earned two varsity football letters and was named 2011 all-league and a 2011 Section 1 All-Star.
View video highlights of Kuklinski here
At 6-8, 260 pounds, Billy Lawrence is the tallest player in this year's incoming class. Playing for Saint Ignatius College Prep in Chicago, Lawrence was an all-league selection as the left tackle on the St. Ignatius offensive line.
View video highlights of Lawrence here
Keith Ramljak (ROHM-yock) played for Westlake High School in Westlake Village, California. He earned three varsity letters as the left tackle for Westlake, earning offensive MVP honors as a senior. He was named second team All-California by MaxPreps, first team Los Angeles all-area, first team All-CIF and Marmonte League lineman of the year.
View video highlights of Ramljak here
Austin Stock earned three varsity letters for football and three for track and field at Solon High School in Solon, Ohio. Playing center and offensive tackle, earned first team all-district, Ohio East-West All-Star game and Cleveland Plain Dealer top 25 football athletes in 2011.
View video highlights of Stock here