Coach Spotlight: Caleb Gulledge
"Caleb has grown as a leader in his class," said DuBose. "In the weight room he continues to get stronger. He's got a big upside. I think his best days are ahead of him on the football field."
As a sophomore, Gulledge saw limited duty on a 6A state runner-up team with many seniors. This past year he took on the role of starter at offensive tackle where Coach DuBose thinks he became a "great force" for the Lions.
"He's a very unselfish player," said DuBose. "Everybody, including Alabama, projects him on the defensive side of the ball. We have a lot of kids on defense, so we asked him to go the other way. He's responded marvelously. We like using his great size and athleticism to protect off the edge."
Gulledge, 6-4, 285, had also been offered by Kentucky and South Alabama when he decided to commit to Alabama's class of 2012. Teammate Justin Thomas has also decided to give his verbal to Alabama.
"I can't say I've talked to Caleb extensively about his commitment to Alabama," said DuBose. "I think it was a matter like a lot of kids who decide early of when the schools they've always dreamed of playing for offers they go ahead and commit. That was the case with Nick Perry last year with Alabama."
After visiting for the Florida game, Gulledge decided to make Coach Saban's post-game smile a little wider by going ahead and giving him a commitment. While they see him on the front line in the 3-4 defensive scheme, DuBose thinks he's capable of developing as an offensive lineman just as well.
"I think that's what Alabama saw in Caleb," said DuBose. "There's potential from him to play on either side of the ball. If he continues to grow and reaches 6-7 I could easily see him playing offensive tackle in college. He's got excellent footwork, all the physical attributes you look for, and moves well from side-to-side."
The Lions finished 8-4 losing in the 2nd round in overtime to Wetumpka. They had made four straight state finals (2006-09) winning three state championships. Next year DuBose calls his group of seniors the "greatest class in Prattville history."
"This group has a lot of potential," said DuBose. "Whether we can make it back to the state finals, well we hope."
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