Recruiting Pitch Surprises Blue Chip Prospect

One of the state's most highly regarded football prospects says he is not interested in being a Texas A&M Aggie.

Opelika, Ala.--Before Dennis Franchione was even announced as the head football coach at Texas A&M, one of his assistants was already working against the Tide on the recruiting trail, according to one of the state of Alabama's top prospects.

Opelika High standout fullback and defensive lineman Tez Doolittle, a 6-3, 260-pounder, was visited Thursday evening by Alabama assistant coach Lee Fobbs at Doolittle's home in Opelika.

Tez Doolittle led Opelika to an unbeaten regular season.

"Coach Fobbs, the running backs coach at Alabama, left my house just a few hours ago," Doolittle told Inside the Auburn Tigers on Thursday night. "That (Alabama) was one of my choices to visit, but right now I don't even want to have them up there anymore."

The big running back said he was "surprised" to find out that Fobbs was now recruiting him go to Texas A&M.

"I had heard rumors that they were going to Texas A&M, but I didn't believe them," Doolittle added. Doolittle said that he is not interested in Texas A&M and noted that he has scratched Alabama from his list of teams that he is seriously considering.

That group includes Auburn, LSU, Georgia and Tennessee. "I have an official visit to LSU this weekend and Georgia the weekend after next," he said. "I have got visits to Tennessee and Auburn set up."

A variety of other colleges would like to get visits from the physically imposing high school senior. Coaches from Georgia, Georgia Tech, UAB, and Troy State have stopped in to see the big back this week. Joe Whitt from the Auburn coaching staff was also in Opelika to talk to Doolittle this week. When asked if he likes Whitt, who is the linebacker coach for the Tigers, Doolittle responded, "Yes, sir."

One of the interesting aspects of the recruiting of Doolittle involves whether he prefers offense or defense. "Every coach has been asking me that," he said. "Last year I played defensive end. This was my first full year to play fullback and I like it. It really doesn't matter because I like both, but if I had to decide I would say fullback. I just like the fullback position because I enjoy blocking for good backs."

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