Texas O-Lineman headed elsewhere

In a few weeks, one lucky offensive line coach will have news that will warm his heart in spite of the winter chill. But though Tony Ugoh seriously considered Alabama, the big Texas lineman is apparently headed elsewhere

Six-foot-six, 287-pound Tony Ugoh from Westfield High School in Spring, Texas is one of the most highly sought-after offensive linemen in the country. TheInsiders.com Network ranks him as the 13th best offensive line prospect in the country.

At one time the big lineman had planned to schedule an official visit to Alabama during January, but that trip will not take place. Ugoh has visited Oklahoma, and plans to visit Arizona, Arkansas and FSU.

Ugoh will then make his decision. "I'm going to take all my visits before I decide," he said. "The decision is mainly mine, but my parents and coaches will have some input."

Ugoh projects as an offensive tackle in college and possesses all the tools to play the critical left-tackle slot. He bench presses 375 pounds, squats 395, has been timed at 5.0 in the 40-yard dash and has a 27-inch vertical jump.

Ugoh has a 3.4 core GPA and has scored 970 on the SAT. Over the summer he camped at Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Ugoh, whose parents are from Nigeria, said that he's willing to travel. "Distance isn't going to have that much of an effect. If a school is far away but I'm more comfortable with it, I'm going to pick that one."

Although Ugoh camped at Alabama and enjoyed the experience, it appears the Tide is out of the running. "I've eliminated Alabama from my choices," he said.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Obviously Ugoh is a quality recruit, but his commitment was always a long-shot for Alabama.

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