Offers Coming In For Talented Bruce Figgens

Bruce Figgens discusses the combine and his early favorites.

Columbus, Ga.--Tight end Bruce Figgens of Shaw High School was one of the more physically imposing athletes on hand at the combine on the Georgia Tech campus.

"It went good," he says. "I got a chance to catch some balls, do some routes and run a little bit."

At 6-4, 245 pounds, Figgens is a tight end in high school, but has the frame and athletic ability to play a number of positions at the college level.

"I've got seven offers," he says. "Georgia, Auburn, Clemson, Mississippi State, Duke, UConn and Maryland."

Figgens is considered one of the top junior prospects in Georgia.

He is also receiving a lot of interest from two other schools, Vanderbilt and Florida State, but says right now it's a three team race.

"I like Georgia, Auburn and Clemson," Figgens notes.

"I like the environment (at Clemson)," he adds. "It's a small town and they get their tight ends involved with a lot of motion. At Auburn I've talked to Coach Nall (offensive line coach Hugh Nall) and Coach Tuberville (head coach Tommy Tuberville). It's 45 minutes away from my hometown in Columbus, Ga. They've got a good tradition in football."

This spring Figgens has traveled to spring practices at Clemson, Auburn, FSU and Georgia, which he likes because of so many great tight ends in recent years like Randy McMichael, Ben Watson and Leonard Pope.

"It's an in-state school with good tradition at the tight end position," he says of Georgia. "They've sent a lot of tight ends to the NFL. I like coach Richt (head coach Mark Richt) and Coach Johnson (David Johnson), the tight ends coach."

Even though the Bulldogs are the in-state school, Figgens says there will be more influence on him to go to college in Auburn than Athens.

"It's more pressure to go to Auburn," he notes. "You've got more Auburn fans being that it's 45 minutes away. I've seen more pressure to lean toward Auburn right now than to Georgia."

The big tight end has three early favorites, but says he'll take his time in the recruiting process and take his official visits before trying to reach a decision.

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