Big In-State Lineman Has Early Auburn Offer

A report is featured on a big offensive line prospect who is a current high school junior.

Stevenson, Ala.--North Jackson High School offensive lineman Brandon Earl has an early scholarship offer from Auburn and is receiving attention from a variety of other colleges.

The 6-3 1/2, 295-pounder is a three-year starter for Coach Mark Rose's Chiefs.

"Hugh Nall (Auburn's offensive line coach) really liked him at their camp last year," Rose says. "He is extremely powerful and is the strongest kid I have had in 15 years of coaching. He squats 550 pounds."

A first team Class 4A All-State selection as a junior, college coaches have been stopping by the school to check him out in May for in-person evaluations.

"Coach (Don) Dunn from Auburn came by to see me," says Earl, who also plays basketball and baseball for North Jackson. "Coach (Stacy) Searels from LSU came by. UAB has come by and so has Jacksonville, Vandy, Tennessee Tech and I think MTSU."

Earl, who has played both ways in high school, says he expects that he will play offensive tackle at the college level. When asked about his favorite colleges, he says, "Auburn, Alabama LSU, Georgia and Tennessee are probably my top five. I am also very interested in the Florida Gators."

The big lineman is currently going through spring training at North Jackson High and is expected to play both offensive and defensive tackle as a senior.

"Right now I feel I am good at blocking and my footwork is real good," he says. "I know that is the main thing that Coach Dunn, Coach Searels and the coach from Georgia like about me--my footwork is real quick.

"I probably need to work on my bench press (310 pounds)," he says. "My legs are very, very strong, but I don't feel like my bench press is where it needs to be."

Earl says he wants to major in either agriculture or pharmacy in college and plans to hit in-state summer football camps at Auburn, Alabama and Troy. He also is planning to camp at LSU and possibly Georgia and Florida.

The big lineman says he is still a good way from making a college choice. "My mother has a big influence because she is a single parent," he says. "All of my decisions are basically based on what she says. A lot of coaches have been here, but they haven't been able to talk to her yet and I want her to be involved in the decision."

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