Another Texan Likes What He Sees

Prep offensive linemen from the state of Texas aren't carpooling to Tuscaloosa just yet but it is clear that future Tide offensive lines will be well represented by a strong Texas contingent. The Class of 2001 included offensive lineman J. B. Closner from Clark High School in San Antonio, Texas who is already in Tuscaloosa. Additionally, offensive lineman Grant Dickey from Lee High School in Tyler, Texas has given an early commitment to be a member of the Class of 2002.<p>

Reliable sources indicate that three other offensive linemen from the state of Texas have also made the Alabama recruiting board. One of those linemen is Tony Ugoh, a 6-foot-5, 297-pounder from Westfield High School in Houston, Texas.

Ugoh attended summer football camps at Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. He is wide-open to the recruiting process but Ugoh did share his impressions of the University of Alabama from his camp experience with

"The camp at Alabama was great," said Ugoh. "Alabama has good facilities and the coaches were real nice. The people in Alabama were all nice to me. Even the players from other high schools in Alabama were nice to me. Overall, the environment was really good and Alabama has a real good chance to sign me."

Ugoh plays left tackle in high school and he has the athleticism to stay at tackle on the college level as well. The big guy consistently clocks in the 5.1 range for the 40-yard dash and his vertical leap is close to 30 inches. These are only some of the physical traits that allowed Ugoh to grade out at over 80 percent on his blocking assignments.

The classroom is another area where Ugoh scores well. He maintains a 3.4 GPA and he has already scored a 970 on the SAT. Ugoh plans to major in mechanical engineering and it is a factor in his decision. The combination of outstanding athleticism and academics has raised Ugoh's stock with college coaches.

"I have over 20 offers right now," Ugoh said. "I'm looking at academics, environment, and the football program. I also think it's important to get along with the players and coaches on your team."

Ugoh, whose parents are originally from Nigeria, also throws the discus for his high school track team. Nevertheless, it's clear that football is a perfect fit for him.

"I like the sport of football," said Ugoh. "It's a good way to take your aggression out. Football is mental as well as physical and I like that, too. It's also a team sport and you can do things together as a team."

Editor's Note: The competition for Tony Ugoh will be stiff but Alabama has made all of the right impressions to be a major player for his signature. Reliable sources indicate that the Crimson Tide staff will likely sign 1-2 offensive line prospects and it would not be a surprise to anyone involved if Ugoh ended up in Tuscaloosa.

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