In the past three months, a trio of high school linemen from one geographical area orally committed to Oklahoma, Tennessee and Oregon.
Those linemen don't attend high schools in the Florida Panhandle or the plains of Texas. They're from the East Bay, which has several senior lineman drawing interest from major universities.
San Ramon Valley offensive tackle Dru Samia orally committed to Oklahoma on Aug. 22, Clayton Valley Charter defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie -- ranked the No. 9 senior in the country for all positions by rivals.com -- orally committed to Tennessee in July and Acalanes offensive tackle Brady Aiello orally committed to Oregon in June.
Las Lomas' Noah Myers has orally committed to Washington State, but that's not all. Dougherty Valley's Kieffer Longson is a four-star offensive tackle according to scout.com. Freedom's Dominic Fredrickson, California's Tyler Whisenhunt and Berkeley's Henry Bazakas are also drawing interest from colleges.
Is this an anomaly for the East Bay, or the start of a trend?
"I think it's an anomaly as far as size goes," Clayton Valley Charter coach Tim Murphy said. "I think people pay attention more to offensive and defensive line technique than they did 20 years ago. I know that I get asked at the clinics I work at about the offensive and defensive line more than I used to."
Berkeley coach James Barnes points out the number of different offenses that are used in the East Bay.
"With the offenses out there, the veer, spread, the wing-T, West Coast, I formation, they learn how to block different styles," Barnes said about offensive linemen. "You have man blocking, zone blocking, veer blocking."
The 6-foot-7, 300-pound Longson said that his team's wing-T formation allows him to get low and down-block hard. He works on being able to stay low and move people. "If you work on it so much, it's natural at that point," he said.
There are also offseason camps that can sharpen a player's skills. Samia, for instance, attended The Opening, a summer camp in Oregon for the top high school prospects in the nation.
"The camps I went to really helped me out, learning to be physical," said the 6-5, 290-pound Samia.
With multiple offensive systems at the college level, some high school offensive linemen are discovering that they don't have to be 300 pounds to get noticed and offered. Aiello, who is 6-6 and 265 pounds, found a great fit for his athleticism in Oregon.
"I like their up-tempo play," he said. "I think more schools are going the up-tempo route."
In the end, a line's unity can definitely help an individual.
"Overall, our group of linemen try to get each other better as a team," said the 6-3, 297-pound Fredrickson.