OL Roman Fry Commits to Clemson

One of the top offensive linemen in the state of Ohio has commited to the Tigers. Roman Fry, out of Ironton, Ohio made his decision after visiting West Virginia and Cincinnati.

Roman Fry, (6'4,250,4.8) a big time offensive lineman from Ironton, Ohio has formally committed to Clemson University. He becomes the first offensive lineman to commit to the Tigers.

Fry attended the Clemson-Virginia game in September and was extremely impressed by the entire package that Clemson had to offer.

"After attending a game in Death Valley, nothing else really compared," says Roman's father Ed Fry.

Coach Lutz (Ironton's Head Coach) has played him at TE, G, T on offense over the course of the season and he also has seen significant time at DE on defense. Even more impressive is the fact that he would play all of these positions in the same game, and because of his excellent speed and agility, he was also known to drop back in pass coverage off the defensive line.

Throughout his high school career, Fry was known to routinely dismantle defensive linemen that were much bigger in size. He has excellent quickness and great footwork, not to mention he's one of the most physical players around.

Fry has also been invited to play in the Ohio North-South All-Star Game which is usually held in early June. Roman was also nominated for offensive player of the year in his region. That is an offensive lineman, not a wide receiver, not a quarterback or a running back, an offensive lineman. If anything, that speaks volumes about his play on the football field to be one of only three players considered for such an award.

Roman's father, Ed Fry, is also his strength coach.

"He works extremely hard in the weight room. He is intense, to put it mildly. I can see him realisticaly reporting at a solid 260-265 without loss of speed," says Ed Fry.

Fry, a versatile player that has seen action on almost every down for his team this past season, was being recruited as a either a tackle or center by Clemson. West Virginia, Indiana, Wake Forest, and Ohio State were the schools seriously in contention for his services.

Fry becomes the 10th commitment to Clemson University and figures to be one of five offensive linemen sought after by Head Coach Tommy Bowden. He will still keep his official visit on January 11.

Ironton High School traditionally has one of the top football programs in the state of Ohio, and this year was no exception as Roman's team spent a good deal of time ranked as the number one team in the state.

And just in case you didn't know, Ironton High School's mascot is the "Fighting Tigers," so Roman should feel right at home in a Clemson uniform.

Other Verbal Commitments:

Irvin Brisker (DL 6-5, 260, 4.8) Conyers, GA
Cory Groover (DL 6-3, 265, 4.65) Hannah-Pamplico
Gerald McCloud (ATH 6-2, 185, 4.5) Jacksonville, FL
Ty Zimmerman (WR 6-2, 187, 4.60) Fork Union Prep
Anthony Waters (LB 6-3, 210, 4.5) Lake View
Kelvin Morris (LB 6-3, 235, 4.5) Southwest Miss. Juco
Brandon Jamison (LB 6-1, 200, 4.5) Southwest Miss. Juco
Randy Jackson (DL 6-4, 280, 4.9) Georgia Military Juco
Roman Fry (OL 6-4, 255, 4.8) Ironton, OH
Will Proctor (QB 6-3, 190, 4.6) Winter Park, FL

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