Visits Tide

William Vlachos is one of the top offensive lineman in the state for the class of 2007. The 6-2, 300-pound center is receiving interest from several programs, and he lists five SEC schools as his favorites.

"I have been receiving interest from Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, West Virginia, Northwestern, Army, UAB, Duke, Kentucky and Vanderbilt," William Vlachos said from Mountain Brook, (Ala.).

"My favorites are Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi State. Alabama and Auburn are my top two schools."

Vlachos talks about his favorites.

Alabama: "I went to Alabama's Junior Day this past weekend. I love coach [Charlie] Harbison. I liked what I saw from coach [Bob] Connelly when he was working with the offensive lineman. I have been going to Alabama games my whole life. I like the tradition and the fans."

Auburn: "My grandfather, Bill Nichols, played there before playing in the NFL. I really like it down there."

Tennessee: "Tennessee recently started sending me letters. I don't know much about them, but I am going to their Junior Day this weekend."

Arkansas: "I have been on several hunting trips to Arkansas. I like their offensive line coach."

Mississippi State: "I have been there on hunting trips as well. My friend, Mark Melichar, has signed to play there. It would be nice to play with him."

Vlachos talks about his weekend unofficial visit to Alabama.

"I liked it a lot," he said. "I thought it was real organized. I checked out the facilities, and I loved them."

Vlachos was named 1st Team All-Over the Mountain Team, Team Most Valuable Lineman and was selected to play in the Alabama Junior All-Star game.

Vlachos explains his strengths and what he hopes to improve before his senior year.

"I feel like I have quick feet, I finish blocks, and I am aggressive," he said. "I think our offensive line coach is the best in the state. I think I have excellent technique from what he has taught me. I am going to work on my speed and agility before my senior season."

Vlachos comes from a well-coached prep program, and he knows the determining factors in his college choice.

"I am going to base my decision on the coaching staff and how I fit in with the program," he said. "Location is not going to be an issue for me. If I can have a chance to play early somewhere, that will play as a factor."

Vlachos plans to attend Junior Day at Tennessee and Mississippi State, and he will attend Auburn's A-Day game.

He will participate in the All-American Combine in Tuscaloosa April 29.

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