Hoover, Ala.--One of the country's top offensive line prospects made it official on Wednesday morning when he signed on the dotted line to become an Auburn Tiger. Four-star center prospect Ryan Pugh from Hoover High had offers from dozens of schools early in the process but decided early on to follow his heart to Auburn.
A 6-3, 280-pounder with great feet and strength at the point of attack, Pugh played left tackle for the Bucs as a senior but was recruited by everyone as a center prospect. He showed why during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl week in San Antonio when he dominated the country's top defensive linemen. Pugh's performance earned him captain honors for the East squad and a rating of 11 of out the 80 players present in the game by Scout.com
Ryan Pugh is one of the state's most impressive prospects.
A four-year starter on the offensive line at Oak Mountain, Spain Park and then at Hoover, Pugh is also an accomplished wrestler for the Bucs. Last week he capped off a tremendous senior season by winning the state heavyweight title in Pelham. Rated as the nation's number two center prospect by Scout.com, Pugh is expected to challenge for playing time early in his college career and he says that's all he can ask for.
"That was the deciding factor, really, the depth-chart situation," he notes. "Coach (Hugh) Nall is a great coach. I highly respect him. It was easy when he told me the center situation and that I would have a chance to compete as a true freshman.
"Coach Nall told me wasn't going to play me early unless I am ready. If I am ready, he will play me. If not, that is his decision. He has been doing it a lot longer than I have. I trust his decision and he is a great coach. I just hope I have a chance to play early."