It's Decision Time For Hoover Standout

Hoover, Ala.--The much-anticipated wait is almost over for Alabama's top offensive line prospect as he plans to make his verbal commitment Thursday morning at 10 a.m. at a ceremony at Hoover High School.

Athletic Ryan Pugh is one of the top center prospects in the country and has offers from all over the country, but has narrowed things down to just Auburn, LSU, Tennessee, Clemson and Oregon.

His father says that the plans are still on for Thursday June 29. "We'll do things on the field at the school at around 10 a.m.," Toney Pugh tells Inside The Auburn Tigers.

A 6-3, 280-pounder with good feet and quickness, Pugh is thought to be leaning to Auburn and that would add to an already solid offensive line class featuring commitments Kyle Coulahan and Chaz Ramsey. While Pugh's announcement will get headlines, he's not the only Buc expected to make a commitment on Thursday.

Pugh is a physical player that has played tackle and center in his high school career.

Fellow offensive lineman Patrick Crump could make his decision public as well on Thursday with Alabama thought to be the frontrunner ahead of schools such as Tennessee, Michigan and Purdue. Coming on late, Crump has been impressive at several summer camps.

Another player that could make an announcement is defensive tackle Josh Chapman. A player in the mold of former Auburn standout Tommy Jackson, Chapman is a strong player that uses his quickness and strength to create havoc in the middle of the defense. The 6-1, 280 Chapman tested well at the Combine in Tuscaloosa where he ran a 4.9 second 40-yard dash and a shuttle time of under 4.8 seconds. Those numbers were good enough for schools such as Auburn, Ole Miss and Mississippi State to extend offers. He also has a grayshirt offer from Alabama. He's expected to choose between those four schools.

Josh Chapman is a player that could play early in the right scheme on the next level.

The final announcement could come from defensive tackle Kerry Murphy. Alabama's highest rated prospect by, the 6-4 ½, 324 Murphy has offers from all over the South and has Alabama, Auburn and Miami (Fla.) at the top of his list. Alabama is thought to be in the lead although both Auburn and Miami have made up ground since early spring. While a decision could happen, Murphy is expected to delay his decision until later in the summer or into the fall.

We will have updates from the ceremony at Hoover beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday and throughout the day. Check back with Inside The Auburn Tigers for wall-to-wall coverage. We will also have coverage of the 7-on-7 passing tournament taking part at Hoover that day with several top teams and prospects expected to be in attendance.

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