Big Tackle, Baseball Standout Talks AU

Big Wes Rea talks about football recruiting, baseball and more.

Gulfport, Miss.--It's not unusual for a football prospect to also be a prospect on the baseball diamond, but the case of Harrison Central standout Wes Rea is a little different. Normally it's a skill player that doubles as a baseball player, but Rea is a standout offensive tackle that also pitches and plays first base well enough to get serious looks from college baseball programs.

At 6-5 and normally in the 290-295 range during football season, Rea was a dominant offensive tackle as a junior as he was named All South Mississippi in his first season as a starter after being injured as a junior. His play on the field and his obvious athleticism has led schools from all over to give him a look.

"I couldn't tell you how many offers I have, but it's in the 20's right now," Rea tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I don't know the exact number. I don't really have a top list right now. I've been so busy that I haven't gotten the chance to go out and see all the schools. It would be unfair for me to call anyone a favorite right now."

With so many offers on the table including Florida State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Stanford and Tennessee, Rea says he's still a long way from naming a leader or leaders because he's spent so much time playing baseball this summer. One of the schools that does hold his interest though is Auburn.

Recently getting an offer from the Tigers, he says he's anxious to learn more about the program after liking what he's heard to this point.

"I kind of knew the offer was coming because Coach (Curtis) Luper came and saw me then came to my spring game," Rea says. "I kind of had a feeling they were going to offer. I can say it's probably one of the biggest offers I have on the board so far. It meant a lot to me, a big school like they. They have talked to me a lot. I'm impressed with them and liking it so far."

Playing a position of need for Auburn at offensive tackle, Rea says that's one of the selling points the coaching staff has stressed to him during his recruitment.

"They said in my class somebody is going to have to compete for a tackle spot the year we're coming in," Rea says. "They said they are taking three or four guys and they're going to have to compete for it. I definitely know one spot is open so that would definitely be easier than trying to beat out a guy that has already been there two or three years."

In addition to his football skills, Rea is also a dynamic baseball player as he hit over .500 as a junior with six home runs. He's good enough in fact that he spends his summers playing travel ball with the Louisiana Knights and soon will join up with Team Mississippi to play in several tournaments before turning his attention to football in August.

"I haven't been home but one day the past three weeks," Rea says. "I have been on the road constantly with baseball. We have played mostly in Louisiana recently got back from Oklahoma. My team plays at Auburn in a couple of weeks and I'm going. I'm going to get a tour and check out Auburn while I'm there."

That should give Auburn a chance to put its best foot forward with the tournament lasting the entire week. Familiar with offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, Rea notes that he's looking forward to seeing what he does at Auburn after watching him put up big numbers everywhere else.

"You know it's going to be wide open," Rea says. "They could score any play. First at Arkansas with Darren McFadden and then he went to Tulsa. They had the number one offense in the nation. I think it's going to be a big confidence booster knowing you're going to put up points if you're running that offense."

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