LSU leads for Alabama all-star

William Vlachos has LSU No. 1

One area of concern that LSU offensive line coach Stacey Searels is trying to address with the 2007 recruiting class is finding someone to play center.

There is just not a lot of depth at that spot right now but Searels has his eye on someone who could help solve that problem in Mountain Brook (Ala.) product William Vlachos.

The 6-2, 290-pounder has an offer from LSU and he got a chance to see first hand what all of the fuss is about in Louisiana's capital city when he went down for the spring scrimmage.

"It was great," Vlachos told Tiger Rag. "I liked it a lot. The coaches were real nice and I got to talk to JaMarcus Russell, Andrew Whitworth and some of the other players. I loved it down there."

One of the coaches who took some time out of the day to spend with Vlachos and his mother was the Tigers' headman.

"Coach (Les) Miles reiterated that I had an offer and that he wanted me down there," said Vlachos. "He told me to watch Brett Helms because that is the same role they see me playing."

Helms is versatile enough to play guard or center kind of like last year's starting center Rudy Niswanger. Being able to play several positions has a lot of value these days and that may be what attracted interest from the Tigers in the first place?

"Jimbo Fisher and my head coach go way back and after he saw me play in the Alabama Junior All-Star game he asked for my highlight film," said Vlachos, who graded out at 93 percent as a junior at left tackle. "Coach Fisher and coach (Stacey) Searels watched it and they showed it to coach Miles."

Miles is usually the one to make the final call on whether or not to offer and according to Vlachos he liked what he saw on tape.

"Coach Miles said that he liked the way that I finished my blocks well and that I was the toughest one he has evaluated this year," he said. "He said he saw enough to warrant an offer and that he wanted me at LSU."

This summer Vlachos plans to camp at LSU and Auburn for certain but he is also considering making his rounds to the other schools showing a good bit of interest.

"Alabama, Auburn, West Virginia, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Tennessee and Georgia Tech are the others I am strongly considering," he said.

Any of his other favorites close to offering?

"I think West Virginia is real close and Georgia Tech is waiting on my ACT score," added Vlachos. "Alabama and Auburn are both recruiting me pretty hard too."

Vlachos has a list of factors that he is looking for in a school and they include, "the coaching staff for No.1," he said. "Then it is how comfortable I feel with the program. If early playing time is possible then that will help but it's not as big of a factor."

After this past weekend Vlachos said that LSU meets all of his criteria and has taken a huge step forward on his list.

"Right now they are definitely my No. 1 school because they have offered and I loved it down there," he said. "I felt real comfortable with the coaches and everything they have."

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