Big, Brawny and Bright

This Peach State prospect is getting plenty of attention from college coaches.

Albany, Ga.--Troy Reddick is big, brawny and bright. Those are just three of the reasons why he is one of the South's top high school football recruits.

All are ample reasons for collegiate recruiters to try and lure the six-foot-five, 310-pounder to their respective campuses.

Reddick plays both sides of the line for Westover High in Albany and says he is taking the whole recruiting process in stride. "I have a lot of time when I am at home," Reddick says. "The time I am at home, it is basically free. I have nothing to do so I have time to talk to coaches. It's going pretty good."

Reddick says he doesn't have a favorite college right now, but he is getting frequent phone calls from schools as far away as the Pac 10 and as close at the SEC and ACC. "I have about six schools that talk to me all the time--Ohio State, Stanford, Clemson, Florida State, Auburn and Georgia. They talk to me frequently."

Reddick has not set up any official visits, but says he would like to go see some of the schools play that have been calling him regularly. He is active in the Albany community and says he is not sure if he will be able to get out of town on many fall Saturdays. Westover has also had several Saturday games which have prevented him from attending some early season collegiate matchups.

Even though Reddick has yet to see a regular season game at Jordan-Hare Stadium, he has been to a pair of A-Day games and visited the AU campus for Junior Day last year and watched a Tiger basketball game as well. Auburn offensive line coach Hugh Nall has been the Auburn assistant coach staying in close contact with Reddick.

The lineman should be a full-qualifier after scoring an 1130 on the SAT. He is also scoring high marks in the weight room where he maxes out on the bench press at 330 pounds and 430 pounds in the squat.

Reddick says he prefers to play on the offensive line in college and that is the side of the ball that most schools are recruiting him to play. "We're 2-2 overall, but 2-0 in our region," Reddick says of his senior season. "I play both ways all game."

He received a couple of letters from colleges after his 10th grade year asking about his size and the interest in the big lineman has grown. "After my junior year it got real big," he notes.

Reddick says that he is wide open as far as his choice of college goes, but he has done everything needed to guarantee that the school he chooses will be pleased with the big, bright and brawny offensive lineman it adds to its roster in 2002.

Tiger Ticket Extra: Reddick was credited with 50 pancake blocks as a junior, but says he has not been able to match that pace so far this season...Westover running back Calvin Poole had a big season running behind Reddick and got a football scholarship to the University of Rhode Island last year. "We ran the "I" (formation) and most of his yards came behind me," Riddick says.

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