Bluechip In-State Lineman Up to 20 Offers

Spain Park High offensive lineman Ryan Pugh discusses recruiting.

Hoover, Ala.--With Auburn looking to add quality linemen to the class of 2007, Spain Park's Ryan Pugh, who got a very early scholarship offer from the Tigers, will obviously be a huge target.

Despite the fact that both of Pugh's parents are Auburn graduates, the 6-3, 275-pound offensive lineman says that the Tigers will be facing some national competition for his signature in February.

"Right at 20," he says about his current number of scholarship offers. "Louisville, Stanford, Oregon, Central Florida, Georgia Tech and LSU," he says are the latest offers. "Also, I have seen a lot of interest from Notre Dame, Florida State and Florida."

Pugh adds that among those colleges there are a couple that he would really like to learn a lot more about during the recruiting process. "Especially, Notre Dame and Florida, those are two really good programs over the past 20 years," he says about teams that standout to him. "They have put some great players in the pros and they have had some great teams."

Although there has been speculation that Pugh's ties to the Tigers would make him a virtual lock to sign with Auburn, the lineman says that is not exactly the case.

"Not really," he says when asked if Auburn is currently his leader. "I am out there taking it all in, seeing what is going on with all of this recruiting stuff and just getting ready to go through spring practice."

Although the Tigers are not the only team catching the big lineman's attention, Pugh does have a lot of good things to say about Coach Tommy Tuberville's Auburn program.

"I took a trip down to A-Day and it turned out to be a really good trip," he says. "I met a lot of the recruits, talked to the coaches for a little while and just enjoyed the atmosphere down there around the game."

Commenting on his favorite part of the trip to the Auburn campus, Pugh says, "Just being able to talk to the current players down there. I have been able to talk to them a lot through my visits. Also, I have started building relationships with some of the coaches."

Pugh also notes that through all of his visits to the Plains he developed a pretty good idea of what it might be like to be a part of the Auburn football team. "It is a family atmosphere," he says. "Coach Tuberville really stresses that togetherness and it is a real tight knit group down there, and that is a big positive."

Along with his trip to check out A-Day, Pugh says he has also been on another recent visit. "I took a quick trip over to Atlanta to see Georgia Tech," he notes. "It was good. It is in a big city and there is a lot of atmosphere there. It is a real nice place and Coach (Chan) Gailey is a great coach."

Even though it is only April, the attention Pugh is receiving is only going to increase since the big lineman says he is planning on making an early decision. "I am going to make a decision right before the season starts," he explains.

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