Ohio Defensive Lineman Hears From Maryland

Alex Pace has multiple roles on both sides of the line for the Glenville Tarblooders. It's not unusual for him to line up at tackle and guard on offense, and tackle and end on defense all in the same game.

Alex Pace is quite humble about his play this season for the Glenville Tarblooders. He has lined up at offensive tackle, offensive guard, defensive tackle and even defensive end. One of the greatest matchups this season was between him and Pittsburgh commit Darryl Render—arguably two of the most physical linemen in all of Ohio.

Whether it's against a player of Render's caliber, or because of the way a certain play looks, Pace can be lined up almost anywhere.

"They're just taking advantage of how versatile me and (teammate) Willie Henry can be," Pace said. "I've been playing hard. I'll be at offensive tackle, offensive guard, defensive tackle or defensive end; wherever they need me."

Pace is pushing 20 offers. Glenville is very active getting their prospects out to several camps. Both he and Henry were at the Pittsburgh camp, and picked up offers shortly after the camp. One thing that has benefited both players is the level of competition the Tarblooders go up against—especially the out-of-section games.

"In-state, or out-of-state, any time there's a game, it's a challenge," Pace said. "It gives us a chance to show what we can do against high-level recruits. Camden County (Georgia) had a very good offensive line. The way they played, they had a lot of guys that could move and had change of direction."

"Our season's going good so far. We started off kind of rough, an 0-2 start. We had a chance to beat another big-time opponent. Our defense has been staying strong, and we're still playing hard. Hopefully we'll still make it to the playoffs."

Pace says there are new schools that are coming in the mix from all over the place—USF, Maryland and Hawaii just to name a few. A lot of schools have come by to request his transcript. He expects offers from these new schools any day. He's excited about the new interest, but at the same time, doesn't feel the need to fret about building his offer sheet.

"It's an offer," Pace said. "Basically, it's just another chance for me."

Maryland was a school that caught him off guard, but one he is intrigued with.

"The Terps, that was a great one, unusual for Ohio," Pace said. "I was kind of glad to hear from them, and surprised. You attract schools that go out of their way to see you, then be close to an offer. All they want to see is my transcripts. That's different, though. That's not usually someone who is coming up here. I watched their first game, and their jerseys are nice."

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