2008 JUNIOR PROFILE: Dutchtown OL Kevin Saia

For the 2006 campaign, Dutchtown (La.) had one of the top rushing attacks in Louisiana led by the running back tandem of sophomores, Eddie Lacey and Kelvin York.

As good as Lacey and York were, there had to be some beef up front paving the way for the Griffins and that is where Kevin Saia comes into play.

Saia, a 6-4, 300-pound tackle, has what coaches are looking for in their linemen as he has good size and very good strength.

With a 345-pound bench, 610-pound squat, and a 305-pound clean, Saia already boasts better numbers in the weight room better than some players do at his position even after a couple of years in a college strength and conditioning program.

Aside from his size and strength, though, Saia has another key ingredient that football coaches love in o-linemen.

"He is a big, strong kid with a good work ethic on and off the field," said his father and head coach Benny Saia. "He entered high school as a freshman at 6-foot and 220 pounds and now he's 6-4 and 300 pounds. He plays with a mean streak too and the kid loves to get after it."

To date, Saia has only one scholarship offer from McNeese State that he picked up last summer but he is hearing from a lot more schools including LSU, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Alabama and Georgia Tech amongst others.

"Frank Wilson and Orgeron have both been by here and they like him a lot," Benny said. "Alabama called last Thursday and wants to get him down for junior day too and he gets stuff from LSU.

"Right now, he is just looking at the whole process and doesn't really know what to expect. All he really knows about is LSU and he likes them a lot but he is really wide open and just taking everything in."

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