Memphis OL has a Slew of Offers

If one was to look up the definition of "student athlete" in the dictionary, they might just find a portrait of Malcolm Rawls staring back at them from the page. The Memphis East OL boasts a boatload of scholarship offers and his 4.6 GPA and 27 ACT stand on it's own merit as well. Which schools are in the early hunt to land this well rounded prospect?

"My top 5 right now is Tennessee, LSU, Stanford, Arkansas and Oklahoma State. I have offers from all of my favorite schools. Basically the entire SEC has offered me a scholarship except Georgia," Malcolm Rawls said.

What stands out about each of Malcolm's leaders?

Tennessee: "I have followed the Vols since I was little. I love all their tradition and Coach Fulmer."

LSU: "I feel personally that Memphis is SEC central, and LSU is pretty close to home. It's nice having a National Championship team like that near you."

Stanford: "I like their academics and just the prestige of a Stanford degree. They play in the Pac-10 and that's a good league also."

Arkansas: "I really liked how the coaches came to recruit me and the warm feeling I got from them. Shawn Andrews had a lot of success there as well."

Ok. Stake: "I like their offense and how they run commit to running the football. It's not too far from home either."

What are the most important recruiting factors for the Memphis standout?

"I want to play in the NFL at some point in my career, so I need a place that will give me that opportunity. I'm also looking for great fans, tradition, and a great coaching staff."

Does Malcolm consider himself more of a pass blocker or a run blocker?

"I think I'm good at both of them. A lot of people say pass blocking because I've only given up one sack in my career, but we run the wing-t so I have to do a lot of pulling and blocking out ahead of our backs as well."

With bluechip recruit Michael Oher residing in the same town as Rawls, the comparisons and debates between the two are bound to become inevitable. Malcolm's squad got the better of Michael's in a 20-7 victory to open the season in '03, but what did he think of think of Oher personally?

"He can really move and he's very fast, but I would say I'm the better player. Once I started hearing that they were putting him at #1 and all, I went back and watched the tape of the game a little closer. The only thing I really saw was him getting blown off the ball on just about every down."

Recruiting fans will certainly anticipate the possibilities of that rematch in 2004, but as for now everyone's attention is firmly fixed upon the team football camps that will begin to kick off in the next couple of weeks. Can we expect to see Rawls on the summer recruiting circuit?

"I'm not going to be able to attend any camps this summer due to my involvement with the Phillips Academy Math and Science Program in Massachusetts. Basically it's just an accelerated program for standout minority students. I will be the only kid from my hometown to graduate from there this summer."

I certainly wish Malcolm the best as he pursues his academic conquests this summer, and hopefully we'll get to see to see him back out on the football field very soon.

TheInsiders will keep you up to date with Rawls right on through signing day.

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