Top In-State DT with Big Offers

Nick Gentry is one of the top defensive lineman in the South for the class of 2007. The 6-3, 270-pound prospect had an impressive junior season, and he has received several big scholarship offers.

"I have received scholarship offers from Alabama, Auburn and Florida State," said Nick Gentry from Prattville, (Ala.). "Other schools showing strong interest in me right now are LSU, Louisville, Virginia Tech and Florida."

"My coach [Bill Clark] said a lot more stuff would start coming in soon. He said I would be receiving a few things from Big Ten schools like Penn State and Wisconsin."

Gentry's three of four favorite schools have extended scholarship offers, and he comes from a mixed family of in-state fans.

"My favorites right now are Alabama, Auburn, Florida State and Texas," he said. "All those schools are pretty much equal right now. I don't have an overall favorite. My dad's side of the family are Alabama fans, and my mom's side are all Auburn fans. I am wide open right now."

Gentry talks about his four favorites.

Alabama: "I really like their atmosphere. I love how they use their defensive linemen. It's a very interesting scheme. They used a three man technique all year, but they will usually blitz the linebackers. My good friend, Bobby Greenwood(Alabama sophomore defensive end) told me how he really liked it."

Auburn: "Their program is getting better and better every single year. I think their defensive staff is awesome. They had some really great defensive linemen play there."

Florida State: "I have been a fan of Florida State for a while. Bobby Bowden is a great coach. They are always competing for championships. I feel like if I went there I would be able to compete for a national championship."

Texas: "They are awesome. I have been a big fan of Texas ever since Ricky Williams played there. He was my all-time favorite college running back. They are the national champions, and I really liked their star defensive lineman [Roderick Wright] last year."

Gentry was named 6A All-State for his junior season after recording 100 tackles, 52 tackles for loss, 22 sacks, five pass knock-downs and two forced fumbles.

"I feel like my biggest strength is my mental toughness," he said. "You have to have all the physical aspects to be a good football player, but you have to have mental aspects as well. I feel like I am always focused."

"I feel like I need to improve my speed and strength before next season. I have my technique down pretty good."

The Alabama Junior All-Star was asked what he is seeking in his college choice and Gentry replied, "I am going to look at the program, the academics and how long until I have the opportunity to compete for a starting spot."

Gentry plans to attend Junior Day at Alabama (3-4) and Auburn (3-11).

The state's top defensive tackle will participate in the All-American Combine in Tuscaloosa April 29.

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