07 Offensive Line Prospect Favors Auburn

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Opelika, Ala.--A steady stream of football players have made the move from Opelika High to Auburn University for many years. A prospect who will be a senior at OHS this fall has the potential to be another Opelika Bulldog who is good enough to play for the Auburn Tigers.

Henry Porter, a 6-3, 295-pound offensive tackle who has been a starter since his sophomore season, says that Auburn is his favorite.

"I know Will Herring and T.J. Jackson, who played at Opelika High," he says. Herring, who will be a senior this fall at Auburn, is a three-year starter who has earned second team All-SEC status. Jackson, a former Tiger and an All-SEC selection as a noseguard, is hoping to play this fall in the NFL.

Porter also knows future Tiger Zach Clayton, a defensive end from Opelika High who signed with the Tigers in February.

Porter, a junior at OHS, is preparing for spring training that will set the stage for his senior season for Coach Spence McCracken's Bulldogs, who have annually been one of the top 6A teams in the state.

Henry Porter is expected to be a key player for Opelika High this fall.

Although he doesn't have any early scholarship offers yet, Porter is receiving plenty of attention from college recruiters. "Overall recruiting is going pretty good," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I am getting mail from Tennessee, Auburn, Alabama, Mississippi State, Clemson, Iowa, Iowa State, Southern Miss and basically all of the schools in the SEC. Personally, I favor Auburn over everybody."

In December at Troy University's campus, Porter participated in the Alabama High School Athletic Association's junior all-star game. "It was kind of hard because I had to learn a whole different style of offense and we only had a week," he notes. "I did have a chance to work a lot on my pass blocking. It was a pretty good experience."

Porter says he plans to continue to work on his pass blocking this spring and at summer camps he plans to attend at Auburn, Alabama and Clemson. "I am going to work on being more mobile and I plan on working on playing from whistle to whistle."

Qualifying academically shouldn't be a problem for the lineman, who wants to major in architecture in college.

Porter began playing high school football as a defensive tackle his freshman season and still has good quickness. He has run a 5.0 40-yard dash and moves well for an offensive lineman. In the weight room he bench presses 325 pounds.

Although he is big, Porter says that his size will likely lead to a position change at the next level. "I don't think I am tall enough to play tackle in college," he says. "I think I will move in to guard."

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