Pritchett toughs it out at camp

Starting at one of the state's top programs since his freshman season, not a lot surprises 2016 offensive lineman Tyler Pritchett on the field or on the recruiting trail. But he surprised himself a bit on Sunday while impressing at Alabama's camp despite nursing an injured ankle.

Sunday marked the beginning of several Nick Saban camps that will take place at Alabama this summer, and many of the state's top underclassmen will take part in the event.

Though many will wait to get in on the four-day event during the week, Auburn (Ala.) High rising-junior Tyler Pritchett was back on campus in Tuscaloosa ready to compete. The 6-foot-5, 275-pound tackle projection already has SEC offers from Kentucky and Mississippi State, among many others, and he feels his effort could help add the Crimson Tide to that list.

"It went great because I got worked out by a national championship-winning offensive line coach (Mario Cristobal), I got to see my little Ronnnie (Clark), who's like a brother, and I feel like an offer is close," Pritchett said. "Coach Cristobal told me I was a heck of a player and Coach (Kirby) Smart said he'd get with Coach Cristobal and see what he says about an offer."

The former Calera (Ala.) standout, who played with Alabama signee Ronnie  Clark for two seasons before transferring to Auburn, almost didn't participate at the event.

"I'm very blessed to be in this position! I hurt my ankle pretty bad Wednesday in basketball practice, and I wasn't sure if I'd be able to come today, but I sucked it up and came out and played hurt and made it through Alabama's workout," he said. "I was on a hurt ankle and did well, so I think I'm very blessed.

"We did agility drills for the majority, and we came outside and did some run-blocking scheme things, and then did one-on-ones and I worked both sides. I did four of them and won three out of four."

The possibility of an offer from Alabama intrigues Pritchett, because he is familiar with several players set to begin their time in Tuscaloosa in signees Clark and Auburn's Rashaan Evans.

"It would mean a lot, because that's the best team in the country consistently, and I have guys there already that I'm really close with, and that I consider like a brother," he said. "He (Clark) would love to play with me again, just like old times, and told me I could stay with him anytime.

"Evans is really cool and asked me if I needed any help finding my classes. He was one of the first people to help me out around Auburn. It's just something I've been thinking about...I know a bunch of Alabama commits and players."

Pritchett is in no rush to make a commitment.

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