Big Lineman To Visit Tigers

This big Peach State lineman is planning to visit in January.

Albany, Ga.-- Offensive line prospect Troy Reddick says he wants to play right away in college. Auburn is losing three starters on its offensive line from the 2001 squad. So it's a perfect fit, right?

The Tigers can only hope so for now as they, along with several other schools in the South, will have to wait and see if they are indeed the choice of the six-foot-six, 285-pounder.

The massive prospect has official visits set up to Clemson (Jan. 11), Auburn (Jan. 18) and Florida (Jan. 25) and plans on taking all five of his allotted trips. He had an official visit set up for Georgia Tech this past weekend but cancelled the visit due the departure of Yellow Jacket Head Coach George O'Leary, who took the same post at Notre Dame.

"I don't have a leader right now," Reddick tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "They are all wide open right now. I'm looking for a school with good academic programs and playing time is very important to me personally."

And with Auburn losing three starters from its 2001 offensive line, Reddick admits that is something he took notice of. But maybe more importantly, Auburn has taken notice of him. In fact, AU offensive line coach Hugh Nall stopped by his house Monday night (Dec. 10) for about an hour and he has been receiving letters from the Tigers coaching staff since his sophomore season.

He was a three-year starter on the offensive line at Westover High School in Albany, Ga., and he had plenty of opportunities to learn both pass-blocking and run-blocking skills during his prep years.

Even though his team did not fare too well overall, Reddick says he had a solid senior campaign. "We ended up 3-7, but I think I did real, real well," he adds. "I didn't give up a sack. We ran a passing offense where we didn't do that much running this year. Last year we ran a run-offense where we basically did no passing. This year we did mostly passing so we were already up a little bit into the shotgun and I didn't allow a sack."

He started his junior and senior seasons at left guard for Westover after playing left tackle his sophomore season so he also brings experience at different positions to the table. Reddick says he doesn't have a preference as to which spot he plays on the line, but he believes that he will end up playing tackle. He adds his favorite part about football is the competition. "I get real wrapped up in the competition," Reddick says. "I hold grudges with teams soI play more than one sport so I'll carry my grudges over to other sports. You can't accept getting beat."

Reddick says he is at his ideal playing weight right now and that allows him to use his strengths as an offensive lineman and the Albany native lists several that he has. "I am very agile and I am a very aggressive offensive lineman," he adds. "I also have good lateral movement."

When he comes to Auburn for his official visit it won't be the first time for him on The Plains. He has been to the campus for the last two A-Day games and came to this year's Iron Bowl on an unofficial visit. "I came to the Auburn-Alabama game and the Florida State-Georgia Tech game," Reddick says. "The Auburn-Alabama game was real intense. The crowd was pumped up and packed in."

Auburn, along with all the other schools recruiting this multi-talented athlete, would relish in getting a commitment from him early, but Reddick says they will have to wait until national signing day in February to find out where he is going.

TIGER TICKET EXTRA At age 5, Reddick got to start playing Pee Wee League football a year early because he was so much bigger than the rest of the kids...Reddick's father played football for two seasons at Florida A&M University...When asked which school, Auburn or Florida State, had a more intense crowd, Reddick wasted little time saying Auburn's fans were much more intense. He also adds he is not interested in playing for the Seminoles.

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