Big Linemen Checking Out Tigers

This prospect from Georgia is already being recruited by SEC programs.

Vidalia, Ga.--One of the best big men in the country in the football recruiting class of 2004 is Eric McClendon, a monster at six-foot-six, 288 pounds. He plays defensive tackle and offensive guard plus he runs in the 4.9 range for the 40-yard dash.

"He's tall, but he's real flexible," Vidalia Head Coach Sid Fritts said to Scott Kennedy of "He doesn't have any trouble getting low, so I think he can be a great defensive tackle on the next level."

Eric McClendon

Last season as a junior, McClendon recorded 58 tackles, six sacks, eight tackles for a loss, 15 QB pressures and forced two fumbles. "I think I intimidate a lot of guys out there because of my size and speed," McClendon said. "Teams are very surprised I can move so well for being so big and fast, I have good skills and I can stop the run or rush the passer. On offense, I play guard and I pull and trap a lot."

According to McClendon, he has scholarship offers from Georgia, Auburn and Tennessee. Many more will be on their way. "I want to try and take some visits and see what is out there and pick a place where I feel real comfortable. Right now, I like Georgia, Auburn, Tennessee, Florida State and Miami."

McClendon is very strong. He bench presses 375, squats 565 and power cleans 340. He plans on attending the Nike Camp at Auburn next month.

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