Multi-Sport Standout Has Plenty Of Options

This dual-sport threat talks about his recent visit to Auburn and his latest offers.

Gulfport, Miss.--Massive offensive tackle prospect Wes Rea has spent his summer not working out for football but playing baseball with a pair of travel teams all over the country. This week that continued as he was in Auburn for a tournament with the Louisiana Knights.

While in town the 6-5, 275-pounder had a chance to see the facilities and the Auburn campus as well as talk with the football and baseball coaches. Already holding an offer from Gene Chizik's staff, the first baseman/pitcher also nabbed one from Coach John Pawlowski.

"I'm excited," Rea says of his baseball offer. "I don't know whether I'm going to do baseball or football yet. The strength and conditioning coach (Kevin Yoxall) talked to be about being able to do both. I'm excited.

"It was my first time (to Auburn)," he adds. "It was great. They have great tradition and I liked all of the facilities. It was nice."

While in town Rea had the opportunity to speak with Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn. He says that he likes what Malzahn has to say about the offense and thinks he would be a good guy to play for.

"He's a great guy, a good Christian guy," Rea says. "You know he knows what he's talking about. Things are going to get interesting in a little while as far as their football season goes."

Already holding football offers from Auburn, Florida State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Stanford, Tennessee and several others, Rea has just now started to rake in offers on the baseball diamond. In addition to Auburn, both Mississippi State and Tulane have offered scholarships for baseball.

Part of Rea's decision will likely come from the plans a particular program has for him in terms of size. Normally a 6-5 offensive tackle would be in the 300-315 pound range, something he says would likely end his baseball career.

"I probably wouldn't be able to do baseball and football," Rea says. "I would probably just have to play football. If they are going to be lenient and tell me they can keep me around 280 or 290 in baseball shape and still be able to do football then I would be able to do it. If I have to get to 320 pounds it would be tough to do."

Planning to make a decision sometime this fall, Rea says he is hoping to make it back to Auburn for a game and a possible official visit during the year. Despite the fact that he's interested in Auburn, Rea says if he was choosing baseball alone when Mississippi State would be his leader right now.

The big question is, which sport will it be? Will it be both? Rea says that's the questions he has to ask himself as well before narrowing down his college choices.

"I'm kind of waiting until all the baseball offers come in," Rea says. "After I kind of see what baseball is going to do I'll know what to do after that.

"If I like the school, I like the school," he adds. "If I like their football program that's what I'm going to do. If I like their baseball program that's what I'm going to do. I just have to wait and see from here."

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