Oak Mountain Lineman Talks Bama Junior Day

Oak Mountain D.J. Looney is one of the top players in the state for the class of 2007. The star prospect was in Tuscaloosa last weekend and has travel plans this weekend as well.

"I attended Alabama's Junior Day this past weekend, and it went great," said D.J. Looney from Birmingham, (Ala.). "I enjoyed meeting coach Cheese [Charlie] Harbison, coach [Bob] Connelly and coach [Mike] Shula. I had met them before, but I didn't really get a chance to speak to them much. During my visit I was able to have a good discussion with all of them."

"I thought the practice went well. I liked everything I saw. I enjoyed watching how they run their system."

In addition to Alabama, Looney is hearing regularly from Auburn, Mississippi State, LSU, Arkansas, Middle Tennessee, Memphis, Ole Miss and Tennessee.

Looney discovered a way for the in-state fans to disagree with his logic for a favorite school.

"I was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee," he said. "I always liked Tennessee. I am not saying they are my favorite, but that's who I liked growing up. When I moved to Alabama everyone kept telling me I had to choose one in-state school to like, but I just made everyone mad and told them I liked Tennessee."

"I am keeping everything open right now. I am interested in any schools that are interested in me. I am going to visit all the schools and see what they have to offer."

Looney was named All-Shelby County First Team, All-Over the Mountain Team, Honorable Mention All-State and Honorable Mention Super All-Metro for his junior campaign. He was a top performer in the Alabama Junior All-Star game as well.

Looney has several traits that will help his team as one of the seniors for the Eagles.

"I feel like I am a good leader," he said. "I am always trying to keep people calm, and I am always talking. I am a communicator."

The key aspects of the game he wants improve he shared, "I want to improve--always doing a good job on the field and in the weight room. I want to always finish each play, and I want to always be running towards the ball."

The 6-2, 280-pound recruit knows what he will seek in his college choice, and he isn't afraid to ask for help.

"I want to go somewhere with good academics, a good coaching staff, and a place where I feel comfortable," Looney said. "I want to go somewhere with nice facilities as well."

"It's going to be a family decision for me. I am going to sit down with my parents and coach Hood [Oak Mountain head coach]. We are going to decide the best situation for me."

Looney will travel to Auburn this weekend. The Tigers are expecting a large group of recruits on campus for Saturday's practice.

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


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