On location with Brandon Shell

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. – CUTigers.com's Hale McGranahan is traveling around the southeast visiting with some of the top college prospects in the country. One of Wednesday's two stops? Goose Creek High School.

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Goose Creek coach Chuck Reedy has made three different stops in the college football coaching ranks. He's been the offensive coordinator at Clemson and South Carolina and the head coach at Baylor.

It would be safe to suggest over the years, he's seen his fair share of quality high school football players.

As he looked over at the blue-chip prospect sitting across the room during the Goose Creek football team's spring barbecue, Reedy didn't hold back when heaping on the praise for Brandon Shell.

"If the good Lord was going to design an offensive tackle, he would design Brandon Shell," Reedy said. "He's 6-8, weighs 280, played well over 300 last year—he lost some weight in basketball.

"He's got great feet. He has the ability to use his hands well. He's got great reach. He's a strong. He bench 300 pounds. For a guy with long arms like that, that's pretty impressive."

What's more impressive is that Reedy doesn't recall checking out a high school offensive lineman of Shell's caliber.

"I coached college football for 20 years and I never saw one like (Shell)—not even close…in the 12 years I was at Clemson, we never had an offensive lineman like him," Reedy said.

"The only guy I would compare him to would have been Alex Barron…Orangburg-Wilkinson, went to Florida State, All-American, first-round draft pick. He's probably at the physical standpoint where Alex Barron was in college."

But there's more to Shell than being the Scout.com four-star and No. six ranked offensive tackle in the class of 2011.

"He is just a nice person. He doesn't talk a lot, very polite, very well-mannered. He does everything you ask him to do and does it with a smile," Reedy said. "The teachers just love because he's a nice kid in class. He's a rare, unique young man that is blessed with tremendous athletic ability."

The on field blessings, combined with the off the field personality have college football coaches across the country clamoring for his signature next February.

Right now, four schools stick out, in no order. This summer, he plans to hit all four for camps or visits.

"I plan to go to Georgia and Alabama's camps and South Carolina and Clemson's camps," Shell said. "That's what I'm looking at right now."

As for official visits in the fall, nothing's been determined to this point.

"I'm still working on where I'm going to take my five official visits," he said.

During his on location interview with CUTigers, Shell talked about the four schools that he's "kind of considering."

Clemson: I like the campus. It's like its own city. I like how it is. It's not big and you can't get in too much trouble. They've got their own city right there.

South Carolina: I've got a bunch of friends and family that go to South Carolina. That's why I'm thinking about going to South Carolina too.

Georgia: It's in between where my oldest brother is playing. I can be in between all of my family, either way it goes. My brother is playing at Georgia Military next year.

Alabama: I like just how the offense is. It's like our high school style offense is. Just line up and run the ball.

Shell said that he would "probably" make his decision on signing day.

"I want to have time to think it over," he said.

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