West Monroe's Shappley one large target

It would be hard to put a tab on the Bayou State's top offensive lineman for the Class of 2005 but West Monroe's Larry Shappley is definitely in the running. <br><br> Shappley (6-5, 280, 5.2) is one of the top offensive tackles in Louisiana and he is keeping an open mind to the whole recruiting process.

"I want to keep all of my options open," Shappley told Tiger Rag. "Your heart is always with the hometown team but I'm not really leaning anywhere."


The standout lineman from North Louisiana is hearing from just about everyone but the schools that stand out are LSU, Alabama, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Auburn, Tennessee, Tulane and South Carolina.


Shappley has already made unofficial visits to LSU, Alabama and Ole Miss and he saw enough on those visits to put those schools at the front of the pack.


"My top three is LSU, Alabama and Ole Miss," he said. "I already went to Alabama's spring game and I'm going to go to Ole Miss and LSU's too."


He says one of the things that makes him standout on the field is his leadership ability.


"I enjoy playing the role of a leader," he said. "I'm always trying to encourage people to do their best on the field."


Other than being one of the Rebels' biggest motivators, Shappley also has everything college coaches desire in their offensive tackles.


"I have good technique and that is a major part of being an offensive lineman," said Shappley who benches 320 and power cleans 330. "I'm also real good at pass protection. I have to be quick to protect my quarterback."


Shappley does not have any scholarship offers yet but he hopes that will change after showing college coaches what he has to offer when he attends the Nike Combine in Baton Rouge along with camp stops at LSU, Alabama and Ole Miss.


He has a 3.7 grade point average and a 25 on the ACT.

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