That is the reason that Opelika junior Drew Kyser is likely headed towards a busy next two seasons for the Bulldogs and Coach Brian Blackman. At 6-4, 285, Kyser is a returning starter on the offensive line for a team that lost in the 6A finals. Now stronger and in much better shape, Kyser says that he feels much more equipped to play the position than he did last fall.
"I think my footwork is a lot better right now than it was last season," Kyser tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I'm getting a lot stronger every day as well. That's really helping me out on the field."
"Already hearing from several colleges including North Carolina and Ole Miss, Kyser says that it's exciting to see his hard work already paying off and it's only making him want to work harder now that he's getting a taste of what it's like.
"It's interesting watching all of these coaches come in here and getting to see them," Kyser says. "All of my friends that don't play football, they don't get to meet coaches like I do. I take it as a blessing to be able to do that."
With teammates such as Jakell Mitchell, Stephen Roberts and Malcolm Buggs who already have offers from top schools around the country, it was only a matter of time for Kyser to begin to garner attention. He says that having so many quality players on his team gives him a great chance to show coaches what he can do this fall.
"I look at it as my opportunity," he says. "They have told me during the offseason that there are going to be a bunch of coaches here this year. I just took that as a challenge to bust my butt in the weight room and on the field."
Still waiting on his first offer to come across, Kyser says there are several schools he's wanting to hear from, but there is definitely a top program for him and it has always been the same.
"I grew up an Auburn fan," Kyser says. "I'm right next door to them. I also like North Carolina and Vanderbilt and a bunch of the SEC schools."