Lots Of Colleges Recruiting Two-Way Player

This Georgia high school football standout has Auburn among his list of favorites.

Blakely, Ga.--One of the top linebacker/tight end prospects in the region has Auburn among the many colleges he's considering at the moment. Athletic 6-4, 225-pound Octavious Balkcom from Early County High has schools from all over the country seeking his signature in February, but he says that he has a few favorites at the moment.

"It's pretty busy right now," Balkcom tells Inside The Auburn Tigers of the recruiting process. "I'm hearing from Auburn, LSU, Louisville, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Tennessee, Ohio State, Wake Forest, Clemson and a few others right now. My favorites are Auburn, Florida State, Tennessee and LSU, but it's pretty much wide open."

Rated as the 49th player in Georgia by TheInsiders.com, Balkcom has been a catalyst on defense this season for a dynamic Early County team that has allowed just 63 points in six games. Playing inside linebacker in a 4-4 scheme, Balkcom has compiled moe than 40 tackles this season and made 60 solo tackles as a junior. Also being recruited as a tight end, Balkcom has two touchdown catches this season and was All-Region at the position last year.

"We're undefeated and number one in the region right now," Balkcom says. "Our goal is to win the state championship. I feel like we have a good chance to win the state championship. Our defense is our strength."

Although he didn't go to any summer camps, Balkcom has been busy visiting schools this fall and did some traveling last spring. One of the places he's been is Auburn, where he took in both a Saturday scrimmage in the spring and the season opener against USC. Balkcom says that Auburn is a place he has enjoyed coming both times and he likes what he sees there.

"I like the team and I think it's a good school," Balkcom says. "It's a real good environment to be around."

With good enough speed (4.65 40-yard dash) to run on the track team, Balkcom instead concentrates on the shot put for Early County and has been close to a state championship on two occasions, finishing as the runner-up his sophomore season.

Balkcom is being recruited by most colleges as a linebacker, but could play tight end or defensive end on the next level.

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