Bart Eddins Will Be Among Best For Class Of 2006

This current junior with strong Auburn bloodlines will be one of the top prospects in the South for next year's football recruiting class.

Troy, Ala.--Among a talented group of football prospects for the recruiting class of 2006 in the state of Alabama, Bart Eddins is one of the most imposing.

The 6-5, 260-pound defensive lineman, who is the younger brother of Auburn defensive end Bret Eddins, has exceptional size and quickness for a player who is just heading into his senior season.

A talented athlete from a very athletic family, his father, Liston Eddins, was an All-SEC football player for Auburn and his other brother Blake played basketball at Arkansas, Eddins already has the combination of size, speed and a solid frame that colleges coaches are always scouring the country for from players on the defensive front.

Following a strong sophomore season and an even more productive junior year, despite being double-teamed on almost every play, Eddins racked up 111 tackles. The talented junior was invited to play in the first ever Alabama High School All-Star Football Game for juniors.

"This experience in the short term is going to help me out in the long run a tremendous amount," Eddins says about getting the opportunity to play in the game. "It is just an honor to be able to play alongside with these guys and play against guys like that."

Despite playing very well in the all-star contest, even while facing double teams and often being matched up against the top offensive line prospect in the state for the 2006 class Andre Smith Jr., Eddins says he wished he could have played even better.

"Overall, I thought I played okay," he explains. "I would have liked to have done some stuff better and done more, but they just had a good offensive line. The guy from Huffman just basically blocked me. You have got to credit them. They were good and they blocked well."

Bart Eddins looks on as the offense is driving during the all-star game played on Troy University's campus.

Eddins adds that after facing off against Smith he would certainly say the big man lives up to his reputation as a great player. "It was really tough," Eddins explains about facing off with Smith. "I have got to give credit to him. That guy is a great blocker, but personally I would have liked to done some stuff on him. And with him being the number one recruit I would have liked to done some stuff, but he is just an athlete."

Throughout his junior season, Eddins has been improving as a player and he explains that a lot of that is due to some great instruction on the field this year. "I learned a lot this season," he notes. "I have had a lot of people teach me, tell me and coach me about stuff. So, overall I think I have gained a tremendous amount of wisdom about the game of football."

Despite the amount of improvement Eddins has seen in his game as a junior, he says that he still has plenty of things to work on during his senior season. "Getting off the ball, working my hands and just being quicker and also being an overall better athlete," are the areashe lists as being his areas of emphasis for next season.

Like most juniors, Eddins says that college recruiting has started to creep into his mind a bit, but adds that he has a whole lot of other things to take care of before that becomes a major issue. "I have been interested, but I am not taking anything seriously right now," the talented defender explains. "I am just kind of taking care of school and doing those things so it has to take a backseat. But, it is in the back of mind my mind and I am thinking about it."


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