2016 OL already on major radar

When recruiting fans think of Calera (Ala.) High, four-star talent and SEC prospect Ronnie Clark comes to mind. While he's clearly the top prospect on the roster, there's a young offensive lineman looking to make up the ground early in the process.

Ronnie Clark is the engine that makes the Calera (Ala.) High Eagles go, but he has a good group of offensive linemen in front of him.

One of them is wrapping up his freshman year of high school and he already has a scholarship offer to his name.

"A lot of people been to the school for me," said 2016 offensive tackle Tyler Pritchett. "And I've talked a lot to Kentucky and Auburn.

"I got offered yesterday from Akron, my first one."

Though early in the process, offer No. 1 was still a relief.

"First I thanked God but it feels great to know I've been this blessed and that my hard work is starting to pay off," he said.

The Zips might not have great history in Alabama, but their current coaching staff does.

"I know that Coach [Terry] Bowden is from Auburn," he said of his Arkron knowledge. "I have family up there, they run the spread I believe."

The spread offense is one Pritchett envisions himself working in at the next level.

"I like how each play is different," he said. "I like one play you run a certain block then the next you run something totally different.

"Also because you get to be uptempo and really get the D on its heels."

Calera runs a similar look, and it has helped the 6-foot-4, 265-pounder stay in shape while adding strength. He'll continue to do so this summer at camps.

"We've been just lifting for the most part," he said of his current and future schedule. "But I'm going to Auburn, Bama, Kentucky, Western Kentucky, Georgia, Mississippi State and maybe somewhere else, too."

A pair of those schools are the two early standouts for Pricthett.

"I grew up an Auburn fan," he admitted. "And Kentucky has shown a lot of love too. So right now those two are my favorites."

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