Slocum a lineman that can play both ways

Nick Saban loves getting linemen that can play on both sides of the ball and he is going into the state of Pennsylvania to try and get one. <br><br> Marques Slocum of Philadelphia (Pa.) West Philadelphia Catholic fits the bill for what Saban likes in his big men and the Philadelphia native also likes what the Tigers have to offer.

Slocum is a 6-6, 335-pounder that starts on both sides of the line at guard and defensive tackle. He is being recruited for both positions and he plays them both as well as any other player in the country.

Three games into his senior campaign, Slocum has showed the dominance on both sides that has made him such a hot commodity in recruiting circles. On offense, he said he has close to 40 pancake blocks while defensively he has registered two sacks and 23 tackles.

With over 30 scholarship offers to choose from Slocum said he does not have things narrowed down all the way but he has trimmed his list to a select few, or seven I should say.

"My top schools are Michigan, Michigan State, LSU, USC, Miami, Maryland and Virginia," Slocum told Tiger Rag. "I had North Carolina up there but I don't think there coaching staff is going to be there next year. I am definitely going to Michigan, Michigan State and Miami."

Slocum said he has not decided whether or not he will visit LSU officially but the interest is definitely there.

"I do like LSU," he said. "They have good coaches and one of the best programs in the nation. I don't know a lot about the school but I want to get to know more about it."

Derek Dooley is recruiting Slocum and has called him once a week since Sept. 1 to gauge the big man's interest in the Tigers.

"He just tells me about their season and asks me if I still like LSU," Slocum said. "Basically it is the same stuff all coaches talk about with recruiting."

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