Talented Junior Has Plenty of Early Offers

A talented lineman from the Birmingham area discusses recruiting.

Hoover, Ala.--Spain Park's Ryan Pugh is one of the top offensive linemen in the state for the class of 2007. The class 6A All-State performer has received written and verbal scholarship offers.

"I have received offers from Tennessee, LSU, Vanderbilt, Auburn, Clemson, Louisville, Stanford, Central Florida and Georgia Tech," Pugh says. "I have around ten more verbal offers, but I can't remember all the schools."

"I am interested in all the schools who are showing interest in me," he says. "I didn't grow up a fan of any certain school. Both of my parents grew up in Auburn and went to Auburn, but they are not putting any pressure on me. They want me to make the best decision for myself."

The other in-state powerhouse school has not expressed interest thus far, but the Tide coaching staff may wait to see Pugh in summer camp. He knows Alabama signed several offensive lineman in 2006.

"Alabama hasn't sent me one piece of mail," he says. "They signed a very good offensive line class last year. I don't expect them to send me anything."

Pugh has a busy baseball schedule preventing his travel plans for unofficial weekend visits, but he did take an unofficial visit to Georgia Tech last Wednesday.

"The visit to Georgia Tech went really great," he says. "The campus was really nice, and the coaching staff were very welcoming. I think it's a very good program. I like them a lot.

"Coach (Joe) D'Alessandris is my recruiting coach. I think he is a very good coach. I sat in during one of his meeting with the players. The players responded very well to him."

An All-State selection and standout in the Alabama Junior-All Star game, Pugh knows his strengths and weaknesses and what he plans to improve before the fall.

"I feel like I am good leader, and I am very intense," he says. "I play real aggressive. You can always improve your speed, strength and technique. That is what I will work on before next season."

Pugh is gifted in the classroom as well. He holds a 3.8 GPA and scored a 24 on the ACT. He knows what factors will enter into his college decision.

"I am looking for a good program academically, a good coaching staff, and a place where I fit in the best," he says.

Pugh plans to attend Auburn's A-Day game this weekend and plans to visit Tennessee in the near future. He is slated to visit Clemson May 21.

He will participate in the Scout.com All-American Combine in Tuscaloosa April 29.

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