Two Team Race?

Taylor Pharr ,from Shades Valley High School, is one of the top offensive line prospects in the Southeast. The state of Alabama is a hot bed for offensive lineman for the class of 2006. Pharr has received several offers, but has been waiting for one particular offer.

Sunday afternoon after Alabama's mini-camp, Pharr received his desired offer.

"Alabama officially offered me on Sunday," said Taylor Pharr. "I didn't want to let the cat-out-of-the-bag until my whole family knew about it. Coach [Bob] Connelly took me over to Coach Shula and Coach Cheese (Harbison) after lunch. Coach Shula said, 'You think he wants an offer?" I told him, 'Yes Sir.' I haven't received the offer in the mail yet, but I'm expecting it in the next day."

Pharr knew he wanted to go to Tuscaloosa to showcase his skills to the Alabama the coaching staff. After a strong work-out with Coach Bob Connelly, the offer was extended.

Pharr said, "Coach Connelly is a real good guy. I was kind of disappointed I had not received an offer from Alabama, but he explained he likes to wait to see his offensive lineman in camp before offering. He wanted to see how I compete and perform in all the drills."

The 6-6, 285-pound offensive lineman grew up a big fan of the Crimson Tide, but thought the Tide was not interested in him. SEC rivals Auburn and LSU had extended offers prior to Alabama. It was only a matter of time before the Alabama coaching staff took notice.

"I was very excited to receive the offer. The thought about playing for a school like Alabama is unbelievable. You can't say enough about Alabama. I mean it's Alabama football. I am thrilled to death. I could really see myself playing there," said Pharr.

A decision is on the horizon. Pharr plans to take one more visit to Tuscaloosa before announcing his decision. Pharr said, "Alabama is very high on my list. The coaches have their three day camp this week, and then they will go on vacation. I talked to Coach Cheese about coming back down for a visit. He told me the week they get back from vacation I could come down to visit."

"I would still have to say Auburn is my number one school right now. They have been recruiting me hard for a long time. I am going to give them a fair shot. My dad and I are going to sit down after the visit to Alabama. We are going to look at depth charts and then make my decision. I should decide in the next 3-4 weeks," Pharr added.

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