Mammoth lineman loved visit to Alabama

After making an unofficial visit to Tuscaloosa for the Alabama/Georgia contest, mammoth Texas lineman John Mahaffey came away extremely impressed.

Mahaffey, 6-5, 300 pounds plays offensive tackle for Lee High School in Tyler, Texas. A three-year starter who has battled back from torn knee cartilage last spring to make himself a solid prospect, Mahaffey committed himself to improving his stock among college recruiters this season.

That drive has established him as a good prospect from the state of Texas. He made All District and All East Texas as a junior after grading 88 percent blocking efficiency. Mahaffey is the leader of an offensive line that has three division one prospects.

Mahaffey is a former teammate of Grant Dickey, who signed with Alabama last year. talked to Mahaffey's high school coach early last week, who reported that his senior lineman came away from excited about the Alabama campus.

Mahaffey has been rated three stars by recruiting expert and is listed as their 129th best lineman in the nation.

Mahaffey worked very hard over this past summer, and that helped him increase his speed drastically. In previous years he was clocked at 5.6 and 5.4 in the forty yard dash, but his dedication has decreased his time to 5.10.

He has good feet and good upper body strength. Mahaffey bench presses 360 pounds, squats 450, and deadlifts 510. He sports a 25" vertical jump and

The big lineman played offensive left tackle as a sophomore (his first year of football), and he moved over to right tackle as a junior.

Mahaffey has camped at Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, LSU and Colorado. He carries a 92 average in the classroom and has scored 1260 on the SAT.

He lists his schools as Colorado, Texas, Alabama, LSU, Baylor, Rice, TCU, Memphis, Louisiana Tech, and SMU.

EDITOR'S NOTE: At this point Alabama has precious few scholarships left to give, and though he has improved his stock among college recruiters from last season, it's not clear that Mahaffey could be worked in under the Tide's numbers.

Mahaffey told another recruiting service (TiderInsider) last week that he might be interested in walking on at Alabama. If he was serious about that statement, then the Bama coaches would welcome him.

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