Offensive Line Prospect Considering Tigers

One of the top linemen in Georgia says Auburn is one of the colleges he is considering.

Villa Rica, Ga.--One of the top offensive line prospects in Georgia has Auburn high on his list of potential schools for signing day in February of 2003.

Big Ken Shackleford says he is looking at several schools in the South, including Coach Tommy Tuberville's Tigers.

"Right now Georgia, Clemson and Auburn are the teams I have talked to the most," Shackleford tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I talked to a coach from Florida today. He came by the school and I talked to him. I have offers from Georgia and Clemson right now and I'm waiting for the others."

Ken Shackleford

From the same school that produced former Tiger linebacker Tavarreus Pounds, Shackleford notes that he has been following Auburn for quite some time because of his friend. A visitor to Auburn for a recent home game, he came away impressed by the atmosphere that he witnessed.

"I always have liked Auburn," Shackleford notes. "It's a nice school and everything. They always seem to have a winning year and they carry a nice tradition down there. I just like them. I went to the Georgia-Auburn game. I liked it. It was one of the best I got a chance to see. It was an exciting game."

A solid student who should have no problems qualifying, Shackleford says there are several things his looking for out of a school before making a decision.

"I'm looking to see how soon I can play and how they are as far as academics go," Shackleford says. "Most everyone I have talked to is recruiting me for offense, but a few have talked about defense."

Playing defensive end and offensive tackle, his position of choice on the collegiate level, Shackleford had four sacks from his end position but it's on the offensive line where he makes his mark. Using a combination of good balance and a strong upper body, Shackleford dominated the outside of the Villa Rica offensive line in both the running and passing game. A rarity at his high school, he was a four-year starter on both sides of the ball and is a very smart football player.

"All in all it was alright," the 6-5, 290 Shackleford says of his senior season. "It went pretty good. It wasn't too bad, but it wasn't great. We were 5-5. I don't think I played the best that I could but I played pretty good. I didn't play up to my potential but I did alright."

A center on the basketball team, he averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds as a junior. A definite rarity for a school of the size of Villa Rica, Shackleford has been a starter in basketball since his freshman season as well. That shows the athletic ability for someone of his size.

He has official visits set for Georgia (12-13), Clemson (1-10), Auburn (1-17) and tentatively has a visit scheduled for Florida on Jan. 24. He says he plans to take all his visits before making a decision.

Tiger Ticket Extra: Auburn is expected to sign just three offensive linemen in this year's class and already has one commitment out of King Dunlap from Brentwood Academy (Tenn.). A few of the other players the Tigers are recruiting up front are Jarrod Britt, Donovan Davis, Steven Jones and Aaron Sears.

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