Clemson Leads for Ohio OL/DE

We continue to look at quality linemen as we turn the focus to Roman Fry. Fry, a native of Ironton, Ohio is being recruited by several schools, including Indiana, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Clemson, and Ohio State. With the offers starting pour in, the Tigers will have to wait until after the season to hear is final decision.

Roman Fry (6'4, 245, 4.9) is a standout DE/OL from Ironton, Ohio who has already mentioned the Tigers as his personal favorite.

He has had nothing but great things to say about Clemson, "I just got a good feel when I visited Clemson, I really did. It's a great football town and I was very impressed with everything down there."

Fry is currently scheduled to see the Tigers play their 4th game of the season against Virginia.

Other schools that have offered include Akron, Rutgers, Indiana, West Virginia, Wake Forest, Ohio, and Cincinnati. Ohio State is reported to be another favorite, but they have yet to pull the trigger.

The Ironton Fighting Tigers senior lineman has been listed as one of the top 50 high school football players in Ohio by the Scouting Evaluation Association, which is based in Fallbrook, Calif. That's a very prestigious honor coming from a state that year-in and year-out produces some of the best football players in the nation.

Fry plays both right guard and defensive end for Ironton High School. In terms of strength, Fry has benched 330 and is widely considered to be a tough, physical football player that can handle just about anything.

The Tigers are recruiting fry as an offensive lineman, while other schools such as Indiana and Wake Forest would like to put him at defensive end. He's extremely quick on his feet, and that surely is a reason the Tigers want to get him on O-line. At 245, he'll have to put on a little more weight, but that shouldn't be a problem once he arrives on campus. As you can see, he towers over one of his assistant coaches.

In terms of a timeframe, Fry is planning on waiting until after the football season is over to finish taking all of his official visits and at that point he'll make his final decision.

Fry also is projected as a full qualifier with a current GPA close to 2.5 and an ACT score of 19.

Based on sources close to Fry, it will be the Tigers and West Virginia and possibly Rutgers fighting each other to the end for his services. If the Buckeyes offer, he could be swayed to stay in-state, but in the end it will come down to Clemson and West Virginia. It will be interesting to see how two old friends, Tommy Bowden and Rich Rodriguez, try to compete for this fine football player.

We will keep you updated throughout the season as Fry begins to narrow his choices down further.

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