Tide Offers In-State Lineman

Alfred McCullough, from Athens, (Ala.), received his first scholarship offer last Friday. The defensive lineman has started the recruiting season with a big offer and hearing from several elite programs across the Southeast.

"I received my first offer on Friday from the University of Alabama," said Alfred McCullough. "The offer came through the mail. I was very happy to receive the offer. I like it a lot. I went down to Alabama a few times this year, and I liked it down there. It's a good atmosphere."

"I have been hearing from most of the schools in the South. Auburn, Georgia Tech, Clemson and Ole Miss have been showing strong interest in me."

Besides the Crimson Tide, the 6-3, 297-pound lineman has two other schools sitting high on his list of favorites.

"The schools I am mainly interested in right now are Alabama, Auburn and Georgia Tech," McCollough said. "I like Auburn because of their defense. I like Georgia Tech's school. I have been down there once before to watch Phillip Brown. I liked the city."

McCullough recorded 67 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, and six pass break-ups during his junior campaign. He was named Honorable Mention All-State Class 5A, All-Area and Defensive Player of the Year in Class 5A Region 8.

He is working hard in the off-season and preparing for his senior year. Several factors are important as areas of improvement before he hits the field in the fall of 2006.

"I basically try to go out there on the field and do my job everytime," McCollough said. "I need to work on my speed and getting quicker off the line before my senior season."

McCullough expects to wait a while before making a decision, but he knows what he is seeking in his college choice.

"The main thing I will look at is the academics," he said. "I will also see what kind of senior leadership is going to be at the school when I arrive."

McCullough will attend the Scout.com combine at the University of Alabama on April 29.

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