Big Defensive End Looking for More Offers

Anthony Orr discusses recruiting and his interest in Coach Tommy Tuberville's Tigers.

Harvest, Ala.--Anthony Orr is a big defensive end and the junior from Sparkman High School is getting bigger.

How big the 2009 prospect will be by the time he is ready to head to college has even Orr guessing, but no matter what happens in the growth area in-state rivals Auburn and Alabama have seen enough to offer scholarships.

"Not too long ago I was 6-4, 245 pounds, but now I am 6-5, 260 and I think I am still growing," Orr tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I really don't know how big I am going to be."

Orr made a trip to Auburn for the Tigers' annual spring football game and he is headed to Tuscaloosa this weekend to take in the Tide's A-Day contest.

"I really liked my trip to Auburn and the people I met," Orr says. "I talked to Coach Dunn, Coach Tuberville and Coach Rhoads. They told me that they thought I would fit into their defensive system and told me they want me to be a part of their team."

Dunn, Auburn's defensive line coach, recruits prospects in north Alabama for the Tigers. Paul Rhoads is the newest member of head coach Tommy Tuberville's staff and coordinates the AU defense as well as coaching the secondary.

Orr, who points out he is interested in majoring in business in college, competes in two sports in high school. He also plays on the basketball team.

Orr says he grew up following the Crimson Tide, but says that doesn't mean he is lock to sign with Alabama, the college that made his first scholarship offer. "I really am open and I am considering Auburn," says Orr, who notes that he hopes he will receive additional scholarship offers. "So far just Auburn and Alabama have offered," notes Orr, who isn't in a rush to make a decision on his college choice.

On Saturday he plans to take his ACT exam before heading to Tuscaloosa for the Tide's spring game. The defensive end will be on the field himself starting the 18th of April when his team takes the field for spring drills and he predicts Sparkman will have a strong team this fall.

Growing stronger personally is one of his primary goals this spring and the defensive end notes he has spent a lot of time in the weight room. "My bench (press) is 315," he says. Combine that with quickness, which the junior says is his best attribute on the football field, and it explains why he has received early offers from the Tigers and the Tide.

Orr, who was one of the most impressive participants at the Under Armour/ Combine in Mobile earlier this year, plans a busy summer on the camp circuit. He says he plans to visit events at Auburn, Tennessee, Mississippi State and Alabama before taking the field for his senior season.

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