Young Lineman Receiving Recruiting Attention

Handley High of Roanoke offensive tackle Bradley Bozeman, who visited Auburn's junior day, is a football prospect to watch.

Roanoke, Ala.--Although he will just be a junior this fall, Bradley Bozeman will likely be one of the top high school offensive linemen in the state of Alabama for the 2011 football season.

At 6-5, 316 pounds, the Handley High School tackle has been a starter since his freshman year.

With his excellent size and athletic ability, Bozeman has already been discovered by Auburn and Alabama. He was a visitor to a junior day at Auburn in March to check out the 2010 national champions. The sophomore had previously visited a junior day in Tuscaloosa.

"It was good," he says of his trip to Auburn. "It was really informative. I learned a lot. We toured all day. We went to some of the academic facilities and the athletic facilities. I talked with Coach Grimes (offensive line coach Jeff Grimes)."

Commenting on what stood out about his trip to Auburn, Bozeman says he enjoyed spending time with Grimes and adds, "Hearing about the Auburn family stood out and it was really cool."

Auburn will have work to do in recruiting Bozeman to the football family if the Tigers decide he is a prospect they want to sign in the 2013 class because the big lineman notes that he grew up an Alabama fan. He says that gives the Tide "maybe a little bit" of an edge, but adds, "I am trying to figure out what is the best fit for me."

Commenting on his visit to Tuscaloosa, he says, "I went to the junior day there the week before last. It was really informative, too."

Bozeman, who notes that he is just 16 years old and still growing physically, says he isn't in any hurry to make a decision on where he plans to attend college. "I will base that on whatever feels right for me," he says

In the 2010 signee class the Tigers signed one of Bozeman's teammates, Ladarious Phillips, who redshirted this past season after injuring an ankle in a preseason scrimmage. "I talked to Ladarious and he told me about how really cool it is at Auburn," Bozeman says. "He said it is the place to be."

After spending time in Auburn, the big lineman says he definitely is interested in the Tigers. "Auburn is really high up there," Bozeman says. "It is one of the places I would really like to be."

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